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Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries

November 26, 2015
Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of November! I swear it was September yesterday??? I know we all say this at the end of every month but lately, I feel like the older you get the shorter the months become? I always have so much to do and I never seem to find the time for it all. When I was younger I counted the days till Christmas and the wait was always tedious. I was impatiently waiting for the time to pass and now that I’m older it’s like two months pass before you even turn around. Do you ever do more than one thing at once hoping to accomplish twice as much but in the end, you end up achieving nothing because you took too much on your plate? What I find helpful, is to write down what you want to do in a day and the time it’ll take. Don’t try to do more than you can, you only have so much time in a day. When you see what you’re planning to do, along with the time it’ll take written down, you realize you can’t physically fit more in so you won’t be disappointed in yourself if you don’t do the extra thing. Am I making sense? You don’t have to do this every day, of course, just once in a while to see how much time the things you do every day actually take time. I know, I’m such a control freak. I’m one of those ‘always with a diary and a to-do list’ people, but hey, being prepared and organized never hurt anyone, right?

Anyways, what I’m getting at is take some time to just relax and do nothing. If you’re procrastinating and simply can’t push yourself to do the work, just don’t do it. The holidays are close and you should be enjoying this time of the year. Don’t stress too much over cleaning the house, buying Christmas presents, work, or anything else. If it’s not a life or death situation, just let it be, kick your feet up and enjoy a bowl of this delicious Apple Pie Oatmeal while watching Christmas movies, you deserve it. You’ll feel so much better afterward. This oatmeal is the perfect breakfast to have on a Thanksgiving morning if you’re celebrating it. And in case you’re not, it’s a great autumn comfort food either way. It literally tastes like apple pie and it’s heavenly. So quit running around, sit down and eat up! YUM.


Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Take me, for example. I was supposed to post this on Monday because I’m posting every Monday and Thursday, but I just couldn’t get myself to write the post. I decided I wasn’t going to push it and instead of forcing the words out of me, I let it go and decided I’ll only post on Thursday this week. And look, I have so much to say. I want to be consistent with posting but when I don’t have anything to say, I won’t post anything. I want it to be natural and fun and if I don’t have anything to say, it always shows—it’s usually just 500 words of me rambling about nothing in particular. I often just keep saying “oh this recipe is so delicious” or something like that because I literally have nothing else to say. Speaking of delicious, this oatmeal is really delicious! Haha kidding. But no, really, it’s good, like crazy good. You don’t wanna skip this one. Please enjoy the close up below. Hazelnut butter. Raisins. Gojis. Oatmeal. YES PLEASE.

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

I can’t even think about food right now I’m so excited about next month! Wait, scratch that. I can think about food, I do a lot of thinking about food every day, let’s be real. What I can’t think about is creating new recipes and writing new posts because I’m going to New York next month and I’m just too excited and nervous to do anything else aahhh. It’s sort of nerve-racking because first, I’m home alone (my mom is on a month-long work trip). I mean I don’t mind being alone in our house, I’m not a child, but it’s the stuff you have to do all by yourself when you’re left alone that stress me out. I have to secure the house, turn off the heating, water, etc. And I have to pack my suitcase without it being overweight which is ALWAYS a struggle. I literally feel like Kevin from Home Alone haha (such a fun movie—my all time favorite Christmas movie, in fact!). To top it all off, I’m quitting my job at the end of the month so that’ll take some adult thinking and running errands. I’m going to leave out my crazy  dentist appointment yesterday because ain’t nobody want to hear anything about dentists. Am I right, or am I right? And oh my God the actual flight to New York??? 8 hours on a plane flying coach is literally the worst. What’s keeping me sane is after all of that, I’ll get to spend 13 days in New York. In December, when all the Christmas lights are on and the city is (hopefully) covered in snow. YAY!!

I’ve never been to New York during Christmas. Only in spring or summer and I can’t wait because I’m sure it’ll be MAGICAL. I’m staying in Brooklyn which I’m also pretty excited about since I’ll probably spend most of my days in Manhattan so it’ll be nice to get away from the noise and to Brooklyn. The place isn’t too far, though, it’s the perfect spot and it’s only a few blocks from a beautiful view of Manhattan, which I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait to take pictures of the skyline at night. The last time I was in NY last summer, I went for a nighttime hop-on-hop-of bus ride to Brooklyn. And I gotta tell you when the bus was crossing the Manhattan Bridge… I was speechless, nothing beats the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline behind it. It really was magical. And if you want to see it, here is my Instagram post https://www.instagram.com/p/2NqePMzeO2/.

Another favorite photo of mine is this one of the Statue of Liberty with the Sun setting behind it https://www.instagram.com/p/5FUosvQe_V/ it was last year, 4th July and I bought a boat ride to see the fireworks. The boat first made a quick trip around Lower Manhattan before it stayed at one place so we could see the fireworks. I was so happy I this picture!

I really do love New York. Some people say it’s too noisy or too dirty and yes, it is, but I don’t choose to see the bad stuff. I choose to see the magic of Manhattan. The fact that it’s full of people who came there to accomplish something, people with dreams and ambitions. I love that in New York, almost anything is possible. New York will always have a special place in my heart. It’s like a second home to me and I can’t wait to get back there.

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Since I’ll be gone most of December, I won’t be able to make any Christmas cookies and properly enjoy the Christmas spirit at home as I always do, but I think it doesn’t matter because the trip to New York is worth it. Besides, I’m sure the city is overflowing with Christmas spirit. I’m leaving for New York because I don’t really know what I would do at home alone during Christmas. I’d probably get lonely all by myself so I decided to make a fun trip to my favorite city. God, I can’t wait!! :)

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Look at this oatmeal, though. Especially the picture below—I love how creamy oatmeal always is and I love drizzling nut butter on top. Oatmeal, nut butter, and berries are the ultimate combo. This one has apples, apple pie spice, raisins, goji berries, vanilla—basically everything you need to make an oatmeal worth serving to all of your friends and family. It’s so good I bet even those who don’t like plain oatmeal will savor this bowl in the blink of an eye. Cook it, serve it to the oatmeal haters and wait. You’ll see. They won’t want to eat anything else! It’s so sweet, creamy and comforting. And if they don’t like it? That’s okay because there’ll more for you to eat!

Plus think of all the nutrients you’re going to get from the goji berries! These superfood berries are full of vitamins and minerals! Vitamin C, vitamin A (they’re full of beta-carotene), vitamin B2, zinc, iron, calcium, you name it. Oh and as any other fresh fruits or veggies, they also contain potassium! There’s also protein so they’ll keep you full for longer. They’re full of fiber, which we all need more of in our diet. Eat a small handful a day to keep the doctor away. It’s true!

I like to use oat milk for my oatmeal, but feel free to use almond milk if you prefer, or any other plant milk. I don’t like to use just plain water to cook the oats because then the oatmeal isn’t as creamy as I want it to be. When you use milk, the texture is better, the oatmeal is richer and more delicious. If you don’t have a full cup of milk, you can use 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, that should still be ok, but it’s best to use only milk. Don’t be afraid of the fat! It’s good fat, from plants! Embrace it and stuff your mouth with this delicious creamy oatmeal! Enjoy! :)

Oh, wait! Before I go, let me give you a quick tip. ALWAYS add cinnamon to your oatmeal AFTER you finish cooking it because if you add it too early, the oatmeal gets slimy. I used to add cinnamon a few minutes after I added the oats and it was okay but then I bought cinnamon from a different brand and it seemed to be much fresher—that’s the one that made it slimy. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s better to be safe, than sorry! Nobody likes slimy oatmeal. ;)

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

5.0 from 3 reviews
Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups plant-based milk of choice (oat, almond, coconut, rice, etc.)
  • 2 apples, shredded*
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • toppings: more raisins, goji berries, and nut butter of choice
Instructions
  1. Add the milk and the shredded apples to a sauce pan and bring to boil.
  2. When it starts to boil, stir in the oats and turn down the heat to low-medium.
  3. Simmer for 7-10 minutes and stir every other minute to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom. Add more milk if necessary.
  4. Add the maple syrup and raisins, mix well and turn off the heat.
  5. Add the vanilla powder, cinnamon, and apple pie spice. Mix again so it's well incorporated.
  6. Taste and add more sweetener or apple pie spice if needed.
  7. Serve with more raisins on top, goji berries, nut butter, and/or any other fruit you like. Enjoy!
Notes
* You can peel the apples if you want. I didn't peel mine because I don't think it really matters, plus there's a lot of nutrients in the skin.

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Raisins and Goji Berries is the perfect breakfast for a gloomy Autumn day. It's easy, quick, delicious and really satisfying! I LOVE this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com


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28 Comments

  • Reply Claudia | Breakfast Drama Queen November 30, 2015 at 3:37 am

    This oatmeal looks so good! I’m obsessed with oatmeal, but have never actually tried a goji berry – but I’ve never met a berry I didn’t like :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you! They’re slightly more bitter than other berries but when you combine them with something sweet they’re tasty. You should try blending a tablespoon or two with some orange juice for a delicious snack :)

  • Reply Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss September 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This oatmeal looks so perfect for fall. I love apple much more than pumpkin this time of year, and can’t wait to make this apple pie oatmeal. Oatmeal is one of my favorite weekday breakfasts :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Me too! I’ve never been such a pumpkin fan either. I love this oatmeal, it’s like a hug in a bowl :)

  • Reply Tiffany September 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    This looks so delicious and perfect for fall! This is definitely going to be my breakfast this week :) xo Tiffany http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Yay I hope you love it! and thanks! :)

  • Reply candy October 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    You pulled me in with apple pie oatmeal and on top of that you went and added all the extra goodies. Sounds perfect for breakfast.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Yay! I’m happy you like it!

  • Reply Amber October 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This oatmeal sounds delicious! I have oatmeal every morning and try to switch it up by adding different topping. This is one that I will definitely have to try. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Xoxo

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Me too! I always feel bad for the other breakfast foods because I eat oatmeal 99% of the time. I’m glad I’m not alone haha

  • Reply jehava October 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    YUM!! I eat oatmeal a lot throughout the week so thanks for the ideas for spicing it up!!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Oatmeal is the best, isn’t it? I’m glad you like it, it’s my fave <3

  • Reply Katharine October 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious. I always start wanting warm oatmeal for breakfast when fall arrives. Adding the makes it sound even better. Saving this recipe to make soon!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Same here! Hope you love it Katharine!

  • Reply Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons October 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This looks both delicious AND nutritious! Perfect for the upcoming winter!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      It really is! :)

  • Reply Nicole October 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I love oatmeal because its so good for you and it always fills me up! I can’t wait to make this recipe :) It looks so easy and delicious!

    Thanks for sharing<3
    xo Nicole
    http://www.damatoadventures.blogspot.com

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Me too, it always fills me up for hours, I love it. :) Hope you enjoy it, Nicole!

  • Reply Dawn October 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    This looks delicious and comforting! I love you added the super fruits as well, for an extra dose of nutrition. Perfect for cool fall mornings :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 28, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      I’m always trying to maximize the nutritional value of everything I eat, it’s an obsession, really haha. I’m glad you like it!

  • Reply Melissa October 29, 2016 at 2:12 am

    This looks delicious!! I am always struggling for healthy breakfast ideas, thanks for sharing!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Melissa! I’m happy to share it :)

  • Reply Jenna October 29, 2016 at 5:06 am

    “Pack my suitcase?!”
    Sorry that line is now stuck in my head!
    Hope you enjoyed nyc at Christmas time. It’s a magical place that time of year. This oatmeal also seems pretty magical! Love the addition of goji berries.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hahaha I didn’t even think of that reference when writing that! Speaking of, I totally felt like Kevin running around the streets of Manhattan haha. NYC really was amazing and I wish I could go back and stay forever tbh.

  • Reply Stacey October 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Oh this looks so tempting and amazing! Love the Goji berries in it as well. Yum.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you Stacey! They’re my favorite :)

  • Reply Rebecca October 30, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Wow this oatmeal looks amazing! I love oatmeal when it’s cold outside, and this will be perfect when the weather really starts cooling down. I’ve pinned for later and can’t wait to try it out!!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 31, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Me too! Oatmeal always takes place of smoothies for me this time of the year. And thank you for pinning, I appreciate it! :)

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