We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
May I take you one warm, enticing step further?
This Cooked Apples & Oats recipe has become our new favorite morning breakfast routine. This tummy-filling treat is simple, delicious, and you’ll feel good eating it!
Apples are a fibrous fruit and are easier to digest when cooked! Cooking apples breaks down these fibers and makes them more bioavailable for our bodies.
Apples contain some of the richest sources of fiber called pectin, which promotes gut health by feeding the good bacteria in your digestive tract. This prebiotic gel-forming fiber is extracted during the stewing process and has been shown to improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, and even lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Although pectin is present in raw apples too, its effect is more pronounced when the apples are cooked. You know you’ve released a gut health boosting level of pectin when stewed apples develop a gel-like sheen.
Cooked Apples & Oats Recipe (one serving)
Peel, core, and chop one apple of choice into 1/2 inch pieces (We love Honeycrisp)
Place in skillet on stovetop. Add 1/2 C water. Boil for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add:
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp maple syrup
3/4 C Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of salt
Return to low heat and continue stirring for 3 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe and final image shared by Stephanie Kauffman
Edited by Lynn Haak, Entegro Health