This Cinnamon Apple Compote is an amazing addition to your twisted quinoa oatmeal!
This Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Topping is a great way to add variety to your new favorite oatmeal recipe: Creamy Twisted Quinoa Oatmeal! As previously mentioned, I eat this oatmeal every single week. Adding different toppings each week helps keeps it new and exciting, and helps to get in a serving of fruit!
Reheating this apple topping when I am at work in the mornings is sure to get at least one “That smells amazing!” remark. The great thing about this topping is that it could easily be ate by itself as a snack.
Emmy loves eating apple pieces frozen in some chicken stock but when it comes to eating a fresh apple slice? That would be a large and loud NO. I put peanut butter on the apple slice and then she just licks the peanut butter off and leaves the apple. Needless to say, she did not want to help taste any of the apples for this recipe. (she has some strange food habits like this including her willingness to only eat carrots that were whole and then peeled and cut into slices. And baby carrots? Ew. Maybe she knows that baby carrots are more expensive and she just wants to save mom some money.)
When I store this to take to work during the week, I keep the oatmeal in one container and the apple topping in another (mostly due to a lack of space in the storage container). The middle container below contains a single serving of oatmeal combined with the apples. The top and bottom containers are the oatmeal and apples separately. Who doesn’t love an apple and oatmeal tower?
Another great addition to this recipe would be to add 1-2 pears in addition to the apples. A great trick to be able to tell if your pear is ripe: Press on the pear with your thumb almost directly under the stem (towards the top of the pear where the pear is skinnier). Does it push in a little? If yes, then your pear is ready to go! If no, then it needs a couple more days to ripen. There is nothing worse than trying to cut into fruit and realize that it isn’t ripe yet.
- 5 - 6 of your favorite Apples (I used Pink Lady)
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 3 tbsp honey
- Zest of one lemon
- Juice from one half lemon
- Core, peel and chop your apples into small chunks. (If you have a spiralizer/peeler, feel free to use it for this step! Just make sure to reduce your cooking time to only 10 minutes)
- Add apples, cinnamon, honey, lemon zest and lemon juice to a skillet.
- Cook on medium heat for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork. Stir occasionally.
- Serve immediately on oatmeal or cool and store in the fridge.