Wanna cozy up to this maple apple butter oatmeal? I know I do! Today I’m sharing this fall-inspired apple oatmeal recipe that’s healthy and tasty so you can enjoy your breakfast to the fullest.
People say that oatmeal is bland and boring, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Think of oats like a blank canvas, the more you add the the tastier it becomes. And there are so many ingredients to make different versions every time!
Since fall is in full swing, I’ve opted in for warm creamy flavours like maple, spiced apple, creamy yogurt and toasted nut. It is a heavenly bowl. And really easy to throw together whether it’s mid-week or for a weekend breaky.
So, let me tell you exactly how to make this cozy maple apple butter oatmeal.
Maple Apple Butter Oatmeal
The ingredients for this Maple Apple Butter Oatmeal:
First things first, in order to make this cozy Maple Apple Butter Oatmeal you need to know exactly what’s in it.
You will need:
- almond milk
- chia seeds (optional – I like it for extra protein and fibre)
- maple syrup
- apple butter
- coconut yogurt
What is apple butter?
Apple butter is a sweet, thick and jammy spread made with apples! Its flavour profile is sweet, cinnamony, spiced and caramelized. Apple butter makes for a delicious jammy spread on toast, baked goods, or on top of oatmeal like this Maple Apple Butter Oatmeal recipe. And it’s a healthier alternative to most store-bough brands with less sugar content and more fruit.
Apple butter is a signature Canadian spread that is abundant at local markets during the fall season. It’s usually beside the fresh apples, apple pie and honey. And, if you want to make your own Apple Butter I’ve got a recipe for you to DIY. Enjoy every spoonful is this sweet caramelized healthy spread.
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What is oatmeal good for?
Oatmeal makes for a delicious and warming breakfast in the colder winter months, and keeps you full and satiated. Enjoying a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast truly warms you from the inside out. Sometimes it makes me so warm I have to change into a t-shirt from a sweater!
Additionally, oatmeal is filling. If I know I’m going to have a busy and active morning, then I like to sustain myself with a bowl of oats. It’s gives me the energy I need to tackle my morning without hunger pangs before lunch.
Certainly, a bowl of oats is a wholesome and comforting breakfast. It’s easy to make, yet feels decadent. And if you ask me, it’s not only a treat for the belly but also for the mind. I always like to take a quiet moment to really enjoy my oatmeal breakfast bowl before the chaos ensues.
And finally, oatmeal helps with my digestion! To get things moving first thing (if you know what I mean). I even like to add a scoop of chia for a little extra aid. (You’ll see below in my recipe for this Maple Apple Butter Oatmeal).
How to cook oats
This is a question I get A LOT! You might be wondering how much liquid to add to your oats, what type of oats to use, and how long to cook oatmeal for the perfect consistency.
Let’s start with the type of oats. I like to use large flake oats (also knows as rolled oats or old-fashioned oats) instead of quick oats for my oatmeal. This is because it has a more nutty flavour and is less refined. It takes a bit longer to cook, but only 5-10 minutes total. And trust me, the texture and taste is worth it for a perfect cozy bowl.
Now let’s talk liquid to oats ratio. I like a 2:1 ratio (milk:oats). For example, if using 1/2 cup oats, I will add 1 cup of almond milk. This 2:1 ratio is my preferred method for when cooking oats on the stove top. If making overnight oats you’ll need a bit less milk. Since you’re soaking we don’t need to factor on evaporation from warming. But for stove top oats, just remember the 2:1 ratio.
Cook oats and milk on a low simmer for 5-10 minutes. The oats will also thicken more as they cool, so I like to cook until just ready, and then take of the heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes. And you can always add splashes more milk for desired consistency.
How to make oatmeal taste yummy
Some think that oatmeal is bland and boring, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The key to making oats taste delicious is the toppings! There are SO many options to give you a versatile and delicious bowl every time.
For this maple apple butter oatmeal I’ve topped with apple butter, coconut yogurt, and toasted almonds. I love this combo as it offers different flavours and textures, like creaminess from the coconut yogurt, and crunchiness with the almonds. It is so comforting with the winter months, and makes the most of apple season with apple butter. I’ve also added a bit of fruit with chopped banana, but freshly chopped apple would also be lovely.
Other yummy oatmeal recipes you might like:
If you’re digging this maple apple butter oatmeal you might also like these oatmeal recipes below. As you can see there are SO many different toppings you can add to oats to make them super tasty and far from bland. Enjoy some of my favourites below:
- Chocolate Oatmeal Porridge
- Fried Apple and Almond Butter Porridge
- PB&J with Fried Banana Porridge
- Vegan Bircher Bowl with Almond Butter and Chia Jam (Overnight Oats)
- Easy Weekday Breakfast Porridge
So there we have it. A simple yet decadent comforting oatmeal recipe. It’s quick and easy, so you can enjoy any day of the week. Now you know how to make oatmeal taste good with this fall-inspired recipe.
And, if you do make this maple apple butter oatmeal please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Enjoy every bite of this gourmet cozy bowl.
maple apple butter oatmeal
- In a saucepan add oats, almond milk, and chia seeds. Bring to a low simmer and cook oatmeal until desired consistency. Optional to add splashes more milk if needed.
- Meanwhile, in a skillet toast chopped almonds on medium-high heat until lightly browned and fragrant.
- Transfer oatmeal to bowl and top with a dollop coconut yogurt, apple butter, toasted almonds and more maple syrup to taste. Optional to add sliced banana or apple.