This chilly winter morning I woke up and knew it was time for a warm, cozy bowl of oats. Nothing hits the spot like this delicious breakfast classic. What I really love about oatmeal is how you can customize it to just how you’re feeling. Salty, sweet, savory… you can really go any direction with it. Warm apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and almond butter. Tell me something that’s more perfect for this season.. exactly. nothing! This combination is simple to throw together and packed with flavor and nutrients. Cinnamon, in my opinion, one of the most underrated spices in the spice cabinet. It’s loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, may cut the risk of heart disease, and lowers blood sugar levels just to name a few. Good stuff, not to mention it can completely transform the warmth and flavor of any dish.
So, let’s get started with these oats. One of my new favorite things to do to elevate my oats is add equal parts grated zucchini. I know, it may sound crazy, but I can promise you there’s no distinct flavor in zucchini, therefore it just adds to the volume, creating a larger, more dense bowl. Next, I add my Califia Farms Almond Milk, the most decadent, pure almond milk out there in my opinion, cinnamon and a sprinkle of coconut sugar (stevia is also an option as a sweetener, just depends on your taste preference). To top it off, I threw together simple sautéed apples in a spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg and the final touch? the almond butter drizzle of course:) I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!