I‘m the kind of person who starts burning apple cider candles as soon as the temperature drops below 70°F. In an effort to throw myself wholeheartedly into the autumn aesthetic, I’ve convinced myself that oats are the way to go. I’ve never loved oats until I discovered the beauty and convenience of overnight oats last year as an easy breakfast that I could warm up at the office. Since I’m currently working from home, I’ve begun making old-fashioned oats on the stove top and realized that the best way to enjoy them is with as many toppings as possible.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 tbs flax meal
- 1 tbs almond butter
- 1 tbs granola
- 1 tbs chopped pecans
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 apple
- Dash of cinnamon
- Drizzle of honey
- Chop up apple into bite-size pieces and set aside. My favorite variety is honey crisp, which I like to buy from my local farmers market.
- In a small pot, bring one cup of water to a boil. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, reduce heat to medium and stir.
- Cook oats for 3-5 min. As oats cook, place half of the apple pieces in the bottom of a bowl.
- Once oats have cooked, mix in vanilla extract and pour over apple pieces. Top with chia seeds, flax meal, almond butter, granola, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining apple pieces. Drizzle honey over top and enjoy!
I like to play with the quantities each day to add some variety, or depending on the ingredients I have on hand. How do you like to make your oats?