Warm Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal


Creamy apple cinnamon oats served under a bed of warm cinnamon apples. The perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast.


Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (or use a dash of each: cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice)
  • 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • Stevia or other preferred sweetener as needed for desired sweetness (I used 1 Stevia packet)
  • splash of almond milk or other milk for desired consistency after cooking
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans

Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats and water. Simmer until liquid has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 8 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan, spray coconut oil cooking spray or other nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the diced apple chunks and spray apple with cooking spray. Stir in a dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft. 
  3. Once oats are cooked, stir in apple pie spice (just plain cinnamon will work if that's what you've got). Stir in protein powder last, if using. I like to add about 1/4 cup almond milk while stirring in protein powder.
  4. Top oatmeal with apples, almond butter and chopped pecans. Enjoy!


Recipe source:kimscravings