Jan 10, 2013

Apple Pie a la Mode Oatmeal

This is a flavorful and healthy stick-to-your-ribs breakfast! I was in the mood for a warm and cozy bowl o’ somethin’ this morning instead of my usual frozen smoothie. Brrrrr. It’s made with steel-cut oats which are substantially chewy as opposed to rolled oats. Besides the fun texture and nutty flavor, since they are less processed, steel cut oats are slower to digest and are therefore slightly lower in glycemic load than their rolled cousins. They do take a bit longer to cook, too. You can soak them overnight for faster cooking time.

The “à la mode” portion of this dish is in the form of sweet cashew cream. I hope you will try this high-protein, nutrient-dense dish!


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup apple juice, warmed
  • 2 red delicious (or other sweet) apples
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Cinnamon to taste
  1. Combine oats, water and salt in pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat and cover.
  3. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting. When the heat is low, place the pot back on the burner. If you have a gas stove (lucky you!) you can just turn the flame down without taking the pot off the burner.
  4. When the oats have absorbed all the water, add the apple juice and stir gently to combine.
  5. Serve topped with diced apples, chopped pecans, cinnamon and cashew cream.



  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp date sugar (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  • Place all ingredients in high powered blender and blend until smooth.

Serves 2 hungry people. Enjoy!

Healthy Trails,

8 responses to “Apple Pie a la Mode Oatmeal”

  1. YUMMMM-BO! Sometimes I just can't confront an icy cold smoothie in the morning chill – this looks like just the ticket. I like almond milk instead of soy, but I must try the cashews! Thanks!

  2. Helyn says:

    Hi Dave! Yes, it's a wonderful alternative to a cold drink in the morning! Let me know how it turns out for you! <3

  3. Never tried / seen steel cut oats – must have a closer look – other than regular oats is there any other substitute I could try? Barley / Brown rice / quinoa? Might have to experiment with this. Although I have been well into smoothies lately……made an apple pie type smoothie recently and made iceypoles with the leftovers (for the kids really but had one tonight….yum!!)

  4. Helyn says:

    Hi Rach,

    Sure you can use any grain to sub the oats. "Iceypoles"… ? I'm thinking that this is what we call ice pops in the US? Thanks for the feedback!


  5. I think my son's girlfriend and her parents (from the US but living here in Oz) calls them popsicles. Other than left over smoothies in them I do tofu mouse (choc or vanilla) or a variation of a "yogo" recipe (chocolate custard) I found on the internet – the recipe used dairy milk and cornflour, sugar and cocoa and I use various other flours (tapioca / quinoa etc), soy or almond milk, natvia (stevia) and cocoa. Have also done a vanilla version.

  6. Helyn says:

    Sounds great! I have a fudgesicle recipe on here that is pretty yummy, too 🙂

  7. Kath Boswell says:

    Made this just now. Didn't have apple juice, used warmed almond milk instead. Didn't try the cream on top, needs to be for special time. Will use on an occasion. I also added 2 tbsp. chia. Made a lot. I like to make my oatmeal up in rice cooker, then freeze in large muffin cups. After frozen I put in ziplock labeled, then simply pop into microwave In morning. This is great, with the raw apple over top, I know the cream will put it over top. Thank you.

  8. Helyn says:

    You're welcome, Kath! Great idea to make in batches and freeze 🙂

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