A dear and tired friend of mine recently requested a recipe inspired by foods loaded with energy, something that college students always complain about lacking. When she googled “energy foods” all the classics came up including oatmeal and apples. I immediately thought of those little packets you can buy at the grocery with sweetened oatmeal and teeny little cubes that upon adding water might resemble the flavor of a long forgotten apple.
Whenever I have time in the morning (when I decide to get up with more than 5 minutes before the bus comes), I really do enjoy eating oatmeal. It keeps me full for longer and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have more energy than when I pop in a poptart or two. The ingredients I ended up tossing in do indeed include some brown sugar and butter which is probably frowned upon by some serious health foodies out there, but generally I’d say it’s pretty good for a morning start.
- one sweet red apple (a whole one will make at least two servings)
- one teaspoon vanilla
- two teaspoons packed brown sugar
- about a tablespoon of butter
- a teaspoon or so of ground cinnamon
Chop the apple up into small cubic squares, roughly the same size. Throw them into a pot on medium heat with the vanilla, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.
Toss the apple mix with your oatmeal and you’re good to go! A breakfast of champions.