I remember those mornings, waking up and wolfing down a big bowl of Quaker Instant Oatmeal. Apples and Cinnamon, Raisins and Spice, brings back memories! As an adult with Type II though, the amount of sugar in most boxed, sweetened oatmeal is a no-no. So, what to do? I’ll show you in the video below.I've been experimenting with making my own oatmeal. Apples & Cinnamon Spice Irish Oatmeal!Click To Tweet When I was diagnosed with Type II, I also found out that my cholesterol was high. Not critical, but elevated and just under the level where they’d want to put me on a statin. Another reason I wanted to make sure that I get my oatmeal in every morning!
In doing a little research on paleo, clean eating-style oatmeal, I came across many articles on the benefits of steel-cut oats and what the difference is between them, old-fashioned rolled oats and quick-cooking/instant oats. Simply stated, steel-cut is the healthiest of all the “oats” because they’re the least processed and take longer to digest, making you feel fuller for a longer period of time. That being said, their health benefits are only slightly better than rolled oats. Here’s what my large tupperware of week prep oatmeal looks like (see picture below).
The health benefits of steel-cut oats are(1/4 cup dry):
GI 42 (lower than rolled oats)
2% RDA Calcium
10% RDA Iron
So, here’s the recipe I’ve been playing with. You can use different fruits and I’ll be playing with seasonal fruits myself, but for this recipe I’m using any sweet apple. In this case, I’ve used Pink Lady Apples.
- 1½ tsp allspice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 grated small pink lady apples
- 2 cups oats
- 3½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 3 T coconut nectar or coconut sugar
- 1 T vanilla extract
- Grate or process apples into a chunky sauce.
- Add all ingredients to a stove top pot and bring to a boil.
- Once everything comes to a boil, turn fire down and allow to simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
- BOOM! You're done! Top with other seasonal fruits, or a dab of honey.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot from my video shoot. I’m using Sennheiser’s excellent AVX wireless lavalier to capture sound and an Audio Technica shotgun mic to capture wild sound from the actual food prep.