Words and Photos by Lottie Bildirici
For me this seasonal shift plays out in a change from smoothies to overnight oats and eventually, in the winter, warm breakfasts. On a crisp morning these overnight oats are an absolute favorite of mine. Oats are a great breakfast to have before or after a workout. They are a low glycemic food, meaning, they don’t cause your blood sugar to spike. They are also considered a complex carbohydrates which means they stock your glycogen stores and allows you to keep running long and strong! While apples are in season I’ll take the opportunity to add them to my oats. When cooked along with the oats the oats will take on their sweet flavor. I add a touch of cinnamon and date sugar for an even richer flavor. (Date sugar is my favorite way to naturally sweeten oats because it is natural and non processed. It is literally just dried dates!) This is a very basic recipe that can be experimented with and personalized. Play around with toppings and mix-ins to create your ideal flavors and textures. NOW Foods has a lot of great options for oatmeal toppings and mix-ins, including date sugar, nuts, seeds, nut butter….
Toppings- slivered almonds and nut butter
- In a small to medium pot place nut milk, oats, chopped apples, date sugar, cinnamon and salt
- Cook over medium heat stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes or until apples are soft and the liquid is absorbed. You may need to add more nut milk if the apples need more time to cook.
- Top with your favorite toppings like a drizzle of nut butter, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.