I love breakfast. It’s one of my favorite meals of the day. Because of this, I am always looking for new recipes and interesting ways to start off my day right. I found a great recipe for strawberry oatcakes in Prevention Magazine and decided to give it my own spin with one of my favorite breakfast ingredients, apples! You can serve these with some maple syrup on the side (not a lot, we don’t want to eat too much sugar, just a bit of drizzle if you need it…I was more than fine eating these without drizzling any; they were the perfect sweetness for me!) and/or some whipped cream. YUM! I hope you enjoy these.
Makes 12 Oatcakes; serves 4-6 people
- 1 ¾ cup quick cooking oats (I used the brand of oats to the right (Bob's Red Mill), which you can find and purchase (a pack of 4 32 oz bags, so it's a lot) on Amazon by clicking the image to your right)
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup chopped apple
- 2/3 cups dried cranberries (cranberries are high on sugar, so see how much you actually want. You might just want to do ½ a cup of cranberries or less!)
- 1 cup apple sauce
- ¾ cup almond milk
Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Take a skillet or pan and place it over medium heat. Grease it (I used butter to grease mine), and once fully hot, take ¼ of a coop of the batter and cook through until golden on one side. Make sure you wait until each cake has solidly come together. Flip and cook through until golden on the other side. Enjoy!
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- The apple is a member of the Rose family. Roses make rose hips, which are similar to apples.
- Most of the nutrients an Apple has are present in the skin, so make sure you eat it!
- Dietary fiber, including both soluble and insoluble pectins
- Polyphenols like flavonols, catechins, anthocyanins, chlorogenic acid, phloridizin, and more
- Vitamin C
- Antioxidant benefits
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Blood sugar regulation
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Anti-asthma benefits
Selection and Storage:
- Tart apples are better for retaining their texture during cooking, and therefore are a better choice for cooked desserts like apple pie. Sweeter varieties, like Braeburn and Fuji, are usually eaten raw.
- Apples can be stored for 3-4 months, though cold storage will minimize a loss of nutrients over time.
- One bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch. If an apple is bruised or damaged, it will release extra ethylene gas, causing a decrease in the shelf life of the other apples stored with it.
- When slicing apples for a recipe, prevent browning by putting the slices in a bowl of cold water to which a spoonful of lemon juice has been added.
- Conventionally-grown apples are among the top 12 fruits and vegetables on which pesticide residue are most frequently found. Therefore, those concerned with pesticide-related health risks may want to choose organically-grown apples instead.
- Waxes applied to the skin are meant to protect the apple during storage and shipping. Carnauba wax, beeswax, and shellac are preferable to petroleum-based waxes, which contain solvent residues or wood resins.
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