Autumn is here and we are so excited about it! We love the colors, the seasonal fruits and veggies, the leaves falling down, colder mornings (but still not that cold!) and the fact that we are going on holidays soon! (sorry, but not sorry)
These oats are the perfect Autumn recipe. They are so fulfilling, warm and perfect for cosy sundays. The apples are in season now and you should really take advantage of them. We always buy ours at the local market in our neighbourhood.
Seasonal, Organic and Local (SOL)
Since we mentioned seasonal and local apples … We invite you to follow the SOL (which means sun in Portuguese btw.) when grocery shopping as much as possible. We believe it is very important to know what you eat and where it cames from.
Here is why:
When food is in season, it is fresh, has the best flavour, contains the most nutrients and provides more variety in the diet. A lot of money and energy are spent transporting food from afar so that grocery stores can provide the same products all year round; this is costly to the environment and your pocket. Eating food in season means you get the most for your money while supporting sustainable farming and the local economy. It’s a win-win for everyone!
With the amount of pesticides and herbicides that are used in abundance, it is important to buy organic food as often as possible. Pesticides pollute soil and water, kill insects that are essential for plant pollination, and contain cancer-causing substances. There is also no denying the fact that organic food has better flavour than its conventional counterpart, and is it definitely better for the environment and our health.
Buying local uses less oil and gas for transportation and refrigeration; also you won’t be patronizing factory farms which concentrate waste and toxins in one place, destroy biodiversity, and rely very heavily on toxic pesticides for the crops. Local farmers harvest their products closer to ripeness, which means the flavour and nutrient profiles are at their peak. When food comes from growers in other countries, it is picked early to account for transport time and has to ripen in a box. Some items may even be exposed to irradiation or waxed to preserve freshness. Local farmers don’t need to take such measures because their products come straight from the field to the market. This is a sustainable practice that not only benefits farmers, it benefits the environment, our health, and the palate as well.
So always keep the Portuguese sun (SOL) in mind next time you go grocery shopping. Look around for local farmers markets around your area and swing on your bike to pay a visit on a Saturday morning.
Warming Caramelised Apple Oats
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
1 Apple, cored and chopped into slices
440ml Plant based milk or water
2 Tablespoons almond butter
Melt the butter in a small pan over a medium heat. Stir in the maple, cinnamon and nutmeg for 1-2 minutes. Then add the apple and let it cook until softened for 5-7 minutes making sure all chunks are coated in the mixture.
Place the oats and milk in a saucepan with a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes, until all the milk is absorbed, stirring from time to time to avoid it to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Serve the porridge topped with the caramelised apple and some almond butter.
You can use coconut oil instead of butter for a vegan option.
The oats can be done in the microwave instead, which will save you some time. Just place the oats, milk and salt in a bowl and microwave it for 2-3 minutes on full power.
Peanut butter goes also very well if you don’t have/like almond butter.
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