I was looking for a slightly healthier alternative to my peanut butter-sugar-salt oatmeal that basically looks like a bowl of oatmeal but more closely approximates a very sweet oatmeal cooking, but that would still give me the Omega 3s and protein, and still be fairly cookie-like. I ended up settling on a chia seed and apple combination, and ended up really loving the texture. Even better, I ate half and put half in the fridge, and eating the rest slightly warmed up the next morning still tasted great — in fact, reheated the next day was even better since the chia seeds had time to soak!
It’s not a super fancy recipe or anything, but since I plan on making it a lot more frequently, I figured I’d share.
- 3/4 c oats
- 2 c water
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 apple
- Cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste
- 2 tsp brown sugar (or maple syrup)
Simmer on low until thickened — let it go a little longer than you would normally let oatmeal cook, since the chia seeds are best when they’ve absorbed the water.
The first serving tastes like your standard oatmeal, but after a night in the fridge, the warmed up second serving takes on an almost pudding-like consistency. Excellent for a busy race morning! (I think next time I make this, I’ll double the recipe and have it for a couple of days — the chia seeds are such an awesome timesaver for real oatmeal!)