I have always been a huge fan of oats. In fact, I tell everyone that my go-to favorite breakfast every morning is oats with soymilk, flax seeds, walnuts, and seasonal fruit. It’s also my favorite on-the-go travel breakfast, as breakfast oats is a great healthy, plant-based option that I can find at an increasing array of restaurants and eating venues. In addition, those oatmeal cups and packets are so easy to pack in suitcases and backpacks.
Why do I love oats? Well, aside from being so versatile, oats are an easy source of nutritious, whole grains, which provide slow-digesting carbs along with fiber, protein, thiamin, phosphorus and magnesium to help support your health. That’s why an oatmeal breakfast can have you leaving the house feeling satiated and ready to start your day.
You can use oats in more than just cereal—I use oats in cookies, fruit crisps, chili, veggie burgers and pilaf. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your morning oat porridge. I love trying new and interesting ways to enjoy my oats. So, it was fun trying out a new spicy nut butter and apple oats recipe, which is so flavorful and satisfying. Try out this easy recipe—you can even make up a big batch ahead of time, and reheat it on your busy mornings. Another way you can enjoy this oats recipe is to put it your slow cooker the night before so you wake up to a fresh batch in the morning. Pack it up in a mason jar to tote along with you to work, school, or your travels for the day.
In a medium saucepan bring water and soymilk to a boil. Stir in oats. Cook uncovered over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir together almond butter, pure maple syrup (optional), cinnamon and ginger, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time if mixture seems too thick. Stir into hot oatmeal. Top with chopped apple and almonds.
Cashew butter and chopped cashews or peanut butter and chopped peanuts can be substituted for the almond butter and chopped almonds.