Welcome to a new week! Can you believe that October is more than half way over?? I can’t. I feel like this month as FLOWN by, actually the whole last half of this year has flown by. Right now is the PERFECT time to live in Florida- well the next month or so, it’s cooling down, mind you cooling down is the low 80’s for us. It’s also getting darker earlier, which I love because it just really feels so ‘fall-ish.’ (don’t mind the made up words )
I know that I have been talking about coming up with a recipe for Red Velvet donuts for a little while…and I do promise that it’s coming. I’m just trying to perfect it. I just need to figure out how much cocoa powder to use. …the other part of the problem is that I forgot to pick up red food coloring the last time I was at the grocery store. So I had purple velvet donuts instead of red. (because you know I always have a ton of purple stuff on hand )
But I do have a new recipe for you…sorry it’s not red velvet donuts (they WILL be coming), but it IS really good, that I can guarantee!
Believe it or not, there is actually something that I love more than pumpkin this time of year. It’s something that I can get all year round, but I prefer to eat it during fall & winter…only because it seems more appropriate this time of year.
Apple butter!!! Yep, I said it, I like this stuff MORE than pumpkin! I don’t know what it is about it. It must be the sweet combination of apples & sugar perfected and bottled in a jar waiting patiently for me to but it every single year. I know my Grammie used to really like apple butter..and I almost want to say that the first time I ever had it was when I was visiting her one year in New Hampshire. I really can’t remember, but it does remind me of her. There must be some reason that it brings memories of her to my mind whenever I have it.
When I got up on Sunday I was trying to think of what I wanted to make for breakfast. Typically I make Craig something involving eggs, bacon, and some kind of bread. He really like bagel sandwiches, which I have made many Sundays, but I wanted to make something different. Something new. As I was lying in bed, just waking up, it hit me. What I wanted to make for breakfast HAD to include apple butter. No if’s, and’s or but’s…it was a must.
Baked Apple Butter Oatmeal
-1 medium to large apple (I used a Gala apple, but any would work)
-1/3 cup apple butter, plus additional for topping
-1 cup old fashioned oats
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-3/4 cup almond milk (or any kind of milk)
-2 egg whites, lightly beaten
Now please keep in mind, this baked oatmeal isn’t super sweet…I actually prefer my oatmeal that way. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet oatmeal…and I know this might shock you all, but I really don’t like peanut butter in my oatmeal. The more ‘oatmeal-ish’ the better. The other thing that I like about this recipe is that the oats still kind of had a little crunch (like oats should) when I went to eat it. Not an uncooked crunch, but just a hearty oat crunch. Does that even make any sense?! Sorry my descriptions are a bit off this morning. It IS Monday…that should say enough in itself
If you did want it sweeter, then you could add some kind of sweetener (sugar, stevia, or honey) to the oats before you bake them.
Instead of eating the oats out of the pan, I took the loaf out & mashed it onto a plate. Then I topped the oats with some more apple butter…because well, like I said I just can’t get enough of the stuff!
This was such a FILLING & tasty breakfast! It kept me full for about 5 hours!! I’m a pretty big snacker, so 5 hours without any food is the sign of a VERY filling breakfast! I’m actually considering baking a few of these & storing them in the fridge for my work week breakfasts. That way I won’t have to think of what to have for breakfast, and I can just grab it & go. Pretty convenient
Looks like it time for me to get this work week started! I just kicked my own butt at the gym, & now the shower is calling my name. Hope you have a great Monday! (well, as good as a Monday can be )
Questions for ya:
1. What is your favorite thing to mix into oatmeal? Honestly, like I said, I like it really simple…so I typically just add a bit of brown sugar.
2. Anything exciting that you are looking forward to this week? I definitely do- Craig & I are heading up to Jacksonville on Saturday to see my parents & to go to the Monday Night football game- RAVENS v. Jags!! We are both REALLY excited about it!!