Finding the Warmth [Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats]

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Today we need comfort. A reminder that amidst the cold, dark world we live in, there can be warmth. 

As we all hold our collective breaths, scared of what might happen and scared of who might do it, it’s hard to feel the warmth. Hard to remember that there is so much good surrounding us; good that undoubtedly trumps the evil. Even though it may not seem so right now. 

If you’re struggling to find the warmth, let me offer mine. I can’t physically hug you all, but I can fill you with something warm that might withstand the cold until you’re able to find your own warmth. 

We’re thinking of you here in Canada and sending our warmth.

Apple-Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
serves 4

This recipe is simple - you’ve likely had a version of it before and it’s easily adaptable to whatever you have on hand. This is something I make for my boyfriend when he’s sick or feeling low so I share it in hope that it might provide the same comfort to you. 

1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups milk
1 sweet apple, cut into 1/2” dice (skin on or off)
1/2 tsp (or more) ground cinnamon 
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 cup brown sugar (more to taste)
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or almonds are great), toasted and chopped

Bring the oats, water and milk to a boil. Reduce head to a simmer and add 3/4 of the apples (save the others for garnish), cinnamon and cardamom. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until oats are chewy but cooked through. 

Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar. Taste and add more cinnamon or sugar if desired. 

Spoon into bowls and top with remaining diced apple and toasted nuts. 

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