There’s an awesome little cafe in Leavenworth, WA called The Renaissance. They serve a high-powered bowl of oats at breakfast designed to fuel hikers, climbers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts for a full day of adventure. It is such a tasty, satisfying dish, that I often make a simplified version of it at home. The applesauce makes it extra sweet and creamy.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
2/3 cup water
3 tbsp raisins
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or 1 small apple, cored and blended)
1-2 tbsp peanut butter
Place the milk, water, oats, and raisins in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for a minute or two. Add the blended apples or applesauce and continue cooking until the mixture is thick, another 3-4 minutes. (This is a bit more like a loose porridge than traditional oatmeal.) Remove from heat and serve in a bowl topped with peanut butter.
Photo by michelle@TNS, used with permission.