Fall is in full swing!! Are the leaves also turning beautiful hues of yellow and red at the moment where you live 🍁? I do not remember this color spectrum as a child. My grandmother told me the other day that it is so spectacular because we still had quite a lot of sunny days, but already cool, crips nights. And because cool, crisp nights also bring cool crisp mornings, I am craving warmer foods again. I thought you may be feeling the same and so today, I have this Vegan Apple Pie Porridge for you.
This is a recipe that I have been making for years 🥰. It is beyond delicious and bursts with fall flavors of apples and cinnamon. I mean – it is such a tried and tested combination. You cannot really go wrong on this one. If you have never made porridge before – fear not. It is beyond easy and delicious. No need for instant in-a-pot oats (which tend to be full of not-so-good ingredients). I will even provide you with a tip on how you can further speed up your porridge game in the morning 😉.
Porridge is made with whole, rolled oats. Naturally gluten-free, you simmer them in a mixture of non-dairy milk and water (or just non-dairy milk, as you wish). Then you add diced apple, loads of cinnamon, and raisins and let it all soak through. You can literally watch whilst it becomes creamy in the pot! Once added to your bowl, the toppings are your oyster! Add more cinnamon, sliced apples, chopped walnuts, or hemp seeds, a dollop of yogurt, or some nut butter. I like to top mine off with some maple syrup – just for that added bit of deliciousness 😍.
Why is this Vegan Apple Pie Porridge good for you?
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And certainly, there is some truth to that… Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K. They are also a rich source of antioxidants as they contain plant compounds called polyphenols. Most of the benefits of both its antioxidant capacity and fiber are in or directly beneath the skin. So it makes sense to consume as much of the whole food as possible. Apples come in so many different varieties and flavors. The first varieties tend to be ripe at the beginning of July. The “traditional” fall apple season is between the beginning of September and the end of October though. Store your apples in a cool, dark place for maximum longevity (or in the crisp section of your fridge).
Regular consumption of apples has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. This is due to the fiber found in apples, which may aid in lowering your blood cholesterol levels. It is also linked to the antioxidants that are found in apples. They have been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce “bad” cholesterol levels. A high intake of flavonoids (a type of antioxidant), which is found in apples, has also been linked to a lowered risk of stroke by as much as 20% (!!). There have also been several studies that linked eating apples to a lowered risk of diabetes type 2. Why that is exactly the case has not been fully explored just yet. It is believed though that the antioxidants in apples also prevent tissue damage in certain cells in your pancreas. Those cells tend to be oftentimes damaged in people with type 2 diabetes.
How can I adjust this Vegan Apple Pie Porridge to my Dietary Requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan. It is also nut-free if you choose nut-free non-dairy milk and nut-free toppings. Due to the grains used for the porridge. This recipe is, sadly, not suitable for the paleo lifestyle.
Other Apple Recipes on the Blog
Apples are one of my favorites so you bet I have some awesome options for you. From dessert to breakfast to mains… this is mainly why I love apples! Their versatility!
- One of my family’s go-to recipes Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Apple Cinnamon Rolls. An oldy but goody – kind of like a scone and can be eaten for a sweeter brunch or with afternoon tea
- My Mother-in-Laws Apple Celery Salad – so many unexpected hints of flavor and texture!!
- Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sauce. So, so delicious. Perfect for this time of the year
And there you have it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, totally fall-approved breakfast. It is nourishing, warming, and absolutely wonderful!! Please let me know how you are liking the recipe, by either rating it below and/or leaving me a comment. I love hearing from you!!