Everyday Oatmeal with Amaranth, Coconut, and Maple Sautéed Apples

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When I wake up in the morning, I’m usually starving and as such, breaking the fast (break-fast) is something I take pretty seriously. I start with a glass of hot lemon water, followed by a strong cup of coffee, and then I launch into breakfast. Most days, this meal revolves around nut butter of some sort. I like its high-fat, high-protein profile first thing. But with a chill in the air on the more recent mornings, I’ve been craving something that will stick to my ribs, as they say. This oatmeal with amaranth is my latest breakfast potion. Oatmeal can tend toward boring, but cooked in creamy coconut milk with the addition of amaranth and some A+ toppings (hellooo Ontario apples!!), it’s elevated to a whole other level.  The process, though, is still the same–just simmer on the stove. This recipe, if you can call it that, falls into an everyday eats category. If I was a fashion blogger, I might post an instagram picture with a bowl of this and hashtag #OOTD several days of the week. (I probably wouldn’t make a very good fashion blogger, though you should see my new boots. So fly. ) Anyway, it’s a simple offering, but it packs some creamy goodness and it feels good to be making a contribution to the most important meal of the day.

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***On an unrelated note: Several months ago, KitchenAid sent me a few of the items from their new line of cookware and the cast iron pot that you see in this post is one of the items I received. You may even remember me gushing about this brightly hued kettle. :) I have not been asked to post about this, nor is this sponsored in any way. I just wanted to tell you about it because it is a truly wonderful pot that gives some other designer names a run for their money. The truth is, I use it all the time, so I thought I should tell you about how great it is. Because it’s heavy bottomed, it can cook delicate things evenly without burning or sticking, it transfers easily from the stovetop to the oven, and is perfect for any type of slow-cooking or braising. The best part (besides the fact that it’s pretty), is that the lid doubles as  grill pan. Seriously! When you flip it upside down there’s a stovetop grill. (Here is a better example of what that looks like.) If you live in an apartment or happen to be in Canada where it’s winter much of the year, this grill pan can come in handy. If you’re starting to make a Christmas list, you might want to put this pot on there. :)

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Everyday Oatmeal with Amaranth, Coconut, and Maple Sautéed Apples
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Recipe type: Gluten-free, Vegan
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Serves: 2
 
A simple breakfast for when you need something more satiating on those cold mornings.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats, gluten-free if you prefer
  • 3 tbsp amaranth seed (or more oats, if that's all you have)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I use light, just be sure check the ingredient list to make sure it's only got 2-3 ingredients), plus more as needed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into thin slices
  • Squeeze of lemon (about 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ - ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Unsweetened flaked coconut, optional
Instructions
  1. Put the oats, amaranth, coconut and almond milks, and salt in a medium sized pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to simmer and stir until the oats break down, but there is still a little bit of pop left in the amaranth. Add more milk, as necessary to keep the consistency creamy and to prevent it from burning.
  2. In the meantime, heat up a little dab of coconut or ghee in a frying pan and add the apples in the pan. Drizzle over the lemon juice, water, and maple syrup, and sprinkle in the cinnamon. Give the pan a shake to incorporate the liquids with the cinnamon, without disturbing the apples too much. Put a lid on the pan and simmer on medium-low heat until the apples are soft but still retain some of their shape.
  3. If you want to top it with flaked coconut: while the oats and apples are cooking, put the coconut in a pan over medium-low heat and toast until golden brown. Remove from the head immediately.
  4. To serve: Spoon the oatmeal into bowls and top with the soft, sweetened apples and some toasted coconut.

 

15 Comments

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Brittany

    This looks absolutely delicious, Kris. I want this for breakfast tomorrow.

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Brittany! It so easy, you could!! :)

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  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Kathryn

    What a great way to start the day! I love the idea of those sauteed apples on top as well; they’re so pretty but I bet they add so much flavour too.

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Kathryn! :)

  • I recently made an amaranth porridge with apple compote for my blog, and it’s been my favourite breakfast this Autumn. I love this flavour combination! You’re right about the Ontario apples (so amazing, they seem extra delicious this year). This looks delightful!

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      All of the Ontario produce is blowing my mind this year, Christine. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Alanna

    These are the prettiest bowls of oatmeal I’ve ever seen, and the flavors sound exquisite and so nourishing.

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Alanna, you are kind of my food styling idol, so you just made my day, girl. :) Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I am a massive oatmeal fan.. never used amaranth before though. Thanks for drawing my attention to it – I definitely need to go out and buy some!

    • Reply November 3, 2014

      Kris

      It’s a great addition to oat because it adds just a little more texture. I hope you like it, Thalia. :)

  • Wow! This is one beautiful looking oatmeal! I could totally go for a dish of this right now. Pinned!

    • Reply November 3, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks and thanks for pinning it, Kristi! You should definitely make it. Totally easy!

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  • Reply February 8, 2015

    Jordina

    Hi Kris, I loved this recipe so much that I linked it on my blog under the Healthy Food Inspiration post. I have it’s no inconvenience, otherwise please let me know ;)

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