Life continues to be cold and dark here on the east coast. As much as I would love to find comfort in a chocolate cake, believe it or not I am trying to make healthy foodie decisions. It is challenging.
As a picky eater, even decadent recipes can leave me unsatisfied but in the name of good health I am trying to make healthier choices here and there. I bring you, Amy B’s Apple Pie Oatmeal from her blog Family Feedbag, which is a fabulous blog BTW and Amy rocks!
Bring 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan to boil. Add 1/2 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1 apple, cored and chopped but with the skins on. The recipe did not say how finely chopped so I left it kind of chunky.
Bring the temperature down to low and let simmer 2-3 minutes. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar on top and milk if you desire. I, do not. Warm milk?!??
I also drizzled some real maple syrup on top. Oh how I wanted to love this Amy!!! It is just a little too wet and goopy for me and the apples too hard. I did grate them in the second time I made it but the overall texture still bothered me. If you love homemade oatmeal, however, this is a wonderful recipe and is reminiscent of apple pie. It was not the flavours that disappointed but the texture.
One of the reasons I don’t mind packaged oatmeal is it can get remain quite dry. It shocks me that I may prefer packaged food over the real deal! On Facebook people suggested using steel cut oats instead so I will give that a try next time. If you are looking for a lot of flavour-inspirations, check out this site and its 13 ways to enjoy oatmeal.
Onto dessert! I tried making Occasions Magazine’s Grilled Bananas with Rum, Pineapple Glaze for one. The original recipe makes a serving from 4-6 which is just way too much for my household. It is a continuous challenge for me to pair recipes down so I don’t have a ton of leftovers. When I do, I feel obligated to eat everything to avoid waste, encouraging an over-indulgence in calories and fat. I liked the idea of this recipe because it was fruit-based and relied on rum for a lot of the flavouring. Nothing wrong with that!
Unfortunately the recipe did not say how ripe the bananas should be so I cut my tiny but very-ripe banana in half, kept the skins on and added it to my cast iron grill pan.
I tried to divide the recipe into a quarter of the original recipe so I put in some tinned pineapple, a heaping tbsp unsalted butter and a heaping tsp of brown sugar into a small sauce pan with a few tbsp of rum. I brought everything to a simmer over medium heat and waited for the sauce to become a rich glaze. It never did. In fact, it just evaporated.
My banana grilled nicely but got so soft it fell apart in a few places. I added the sauce-less pineapple and topped with my candied pecans. It was delicious but I missed the sauce! I did like this enough I would make it again and next time cook an entire batch of the rum and pineapple glaze.
I have been receiving more and more cookbooks focusing on eating healthy lately and really do hope I find some winners in there. I am not resistant to healthy food at all. I started my food journey because I wanted to eat more homemade food which, for me, is the key to good health. I just hope that I find a lot of foodie treasures that I can share with you so we can all eat more real food without sacrificing flavour!