Apples tossed in cardamom and maple syrup are roasted until tender and sweet, and served with a hearty bowl of oatmeal. This scrumptious, comforting, and nutritious dish makes waking up on a cold day a little easier.
Confession time. Before this post, I totally thought cardamom was spelled with a “U” instead of an “O.” Good thing I googled “how to grind cardamUm” which was conveniently auto-corrected for me. Anyways, although cardamom is not your everyday spice, the flavor is pretty common. If you’ve ever had chai tea or a chai latte or anything chai flavored, that super warm, bold spice that you taste is cardamom. Yes, there’s a whole slew of spices that go into chai, but I’d say cardamom is the most prominent one you taste. You can use ground cardamom or grind your own cardamom pods in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.
Roasting or grilling any kind of fruit is a wonderful way to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruit and to infuse it with flavor. It also creates a warmth to the dish that I usually crave during the winter months. For the roasted apples, you want to choose a firm apple that will hold up during the cooking process, and won’t turn into apple sauce. Recommendations include granny smith and fuji apples. I used fuji because that’s what I had on hand. This recipe would also be wonderful with pears. Added bonus, when you roast these cardamom spiced apples, your house will smell absolutely amazing. The sweetness of the roasted apples pairs wonderfully with the spice of the cardamom, and I had to hold myself back from eating all the apples before my oatmeal was cooked. Now I’m brainstorming- these apples would be so yummy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or maybe on a cracker with goat cheese…yum!
I think I’ve shared my obsession with oatmeal before, and this bowl of deliciousness reminds me of why I love it so much. You can choose to use steel cut oats, regular oats, bran oats, literally whatever kind of oatmeal you want. You could even make this dish with grits if you want! Cook your oatmeal according to the package directions and to the consistency you want. I added a pinch of cinnamon to my oats just to echo the flavor of the apples, and added a splash of vanilla extract.
Get a big heaping serving of oatmeal and top it with some milk if you want (omit or use nondairy milk for vegan option). Arrange your roasted apples, drizzle extra maple syrup to your desired sweetness, and top with some dried fruits and nuts. If you normally like your oatmeal very sweet, feel free to stir in some sugar or other sweetener to the oatmeal itself.
You know those foods that you just crave on a cold day? I’m telling you, this bowl of oatmeal is going to be one of them. And the best part is that it’s healthy! It makes a hardy and filling breakfast, but can also double as a fantastic snack (and I’ve definitely eaten 2 servings for dinner). Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring, and this oatmeal topped with cardamom roasted apples is proof. Give it a shot! Hugs & kiss and all my best wishes!
- 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
- 1-2 apples, sliced
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom* (see note)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Milk, optional (omit or use nondairy milk for vegan option)
- Maple syrup, to desired sweetness
- Nuts and dried fruit, optional
- Preheat oven to 400F. Toss sliced apples, maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Arrange apples on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until tender. Remove and set aside.
- While apples are roasting, prepare oatmeal according to package directions. (Optional: you can add a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, and some sweetener if you'd like).
- Divide cooked oatmeal into 2 bowls. Add a splash of milk if desired (omit or use nondairy milkfor vegan option). Arrange roasted apples on top of oatmeal, drizzle with additional maple syrup to desired sweetness, and top with nuts and dried fruit.
- *You can use ground cardamom or grind cardamom pods in a spice grinder or coffee grinder.