|Oatmeal with Shredded Apple and Maple Syrup|
I've been quiet lately. My meals have been focused and healthy. I've been playing around with some of my favourite recipes by cutting out excess oil and sugar. This morning I had a craving for oatmeal but the way I usually eat it, drowning in maple syrup and soy milk, was not going to cut it. In Canada at this time of year there's not a lot of fresh, seasonal fruit. Apples are plentiful though! I decided to grate an entire apple and add it to the oatmeal to satisfy my sweet-tooth. I couldn't resist a touch of maple syrup and then sprinkled some cinnamon on top. I'm really happy with my little experiment. The sweet crunch of the apple added a nice contrast in texture to the oatmeal.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 to 1 1/4 cups water
1 apple grated
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
soymilk or other non-dairy milk to taste
In a small sauce pan, cook the oatmeal in water for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the grated apple and top with cinnamon, maple syrup and soymilk if using. Enjoy your hearty, healthy breakfast!