I’m not a big breakfast person. In fact, unless you count coffee as breakfast, I used to skip it all together. Though I’m sure some of my favorite lattes have enough calories to count as breakfast, I think the nutrition experts would find several things wrong with that scenario. So, I have tried to get better and one of the keys to this (since I am not a morning person) is preparing things in advance. During the summer this is often yogurt, granola, and fruit packaged to go so I can eat it at work. In the winter, this gets swapped out for oatmeal. Often plain but sometimes with brown sugar and milk added.
This October, however, I was introduced to oatmeal with a homemade apple walnut compote from one of my favorite cafes. As luck would have it, around the same time I came across a recipe on Pinterest for baked apples in a bag. Now, the idea of microwaving a plastic bag freaks me out a little so I had to change things up a bit.
I started with a big batch of steel-cut oatmeal (which I make according to this recipe, give or take a few things depending on what we have on hand.) For the compote, I chopped up a Honeycrisp apple (I just discovered these this year and I LOVE them) and a pear (because we had one) and threw them into a small saucepan. I added a couple spoonfuls of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoon of water, and some raisins. Then, I just heated everything up until it seemed good and mushy. (This is obviously not a very precise recipe, which causes me a bit of stress quite honestly, but it turned out just fine.)
When it was done, I put the compote on top of my oatmeal and threw on some walnuts. Voila! A healthy, hot breakfast.
Now if only I had taken the time to toast those walnuts it would have been even better. But my daughter was 5 days old at the time. The fact that I managed to make breakfast, take a picture of it, and eat it while it was still hot is pretty miraculous, if you ask me.