Searching for a healthy breakfast recipe? A bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your day. This one takes a common pairing of oats and apples and adds lentils and milk to boost the protein. And cardamom and cinnamon make the taste AMAZING!
You may be thinking lentils for breakfast? That’s weird. Or maybe you’re questioning the whole lentils and oats combo. Don’t worry. It’s delicious. Even my very skeptical daughter found my recipes with lentils and oats so delicious that she took my recipes with her to grad school.
What’s To Love About This Healthy Breakfast Recipe
Both lentils and oats contain compounds that feed your healthy gut bacteria, and both of these foods are good for your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. You’re getting a good dose of fiber, plant protein, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Though research is inconsistent, the spices may also improve insulin resistance. So in addition to being delicious, Creamy Oats and Lentils with Sweetly Spiced Apples is a heart-healthy, diabetes friendly, health-boosting breakfast recipe.A healthy breakfast recipe combining oats and lentils for an energizing start to your dayClick To Tweet
For a totally different oats and lentils combo, try my Savory Oats and Lentils, which is good any time of day. Top it with an egg for a satisfying, energy-sustaining breakfast.
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 2 large apples, unpeeled, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups)
- ½ tsp cardamom
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 3 cups water
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup red lentils, sorted and rinsed
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 ½ cups nonfat milk (or milk of choice)
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the canola oil and swirl to cover the surface. Add the diced apples. Cook until lightly softened, about 3 - 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Add the cardamom and cinnamon and stir to mix the seasonings well.
- Add the water and the salt. Increase the heat to bring the contents to a boil. Add the lentils and oats. Stir vigorously. Reduce the heat to medium low to obtain a steady simmer. Add the milk and stir well.
- Cover and continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the lentils and oats are cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Serve with toppings of choice such as additional diced apples, brown sugar, honey, almonds or walnuts. Refrigerate leftovers. To reheat, add a little milk and warm on the stovetop or the microwave.
Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. I discovered it years ago when I first ordered Turkish coffee. It’s often in desserts and sweet breads, but I like it in a variety of dishes. If you like it too, check out Sweetly Spiced Chicken Thighs.