Stewed Fruit & Oats
This recipe is simply stewed fruit with porridge oats: a super healthy vegan breakfast or snack.
I use apple as the base of this recipe, but pear works too. You can use pretty much any eating apple with the exception of pink lady apples, which tend to go a bit spongy and odd when cooked! I cook peeled and chopped apple (along with cinnamon for flavour and currants for extra sweetness) in the microwave. This is a much quicker way to stew fruit than on the hob. Once the apple is starting to soften I add frozen berries which provide more flavour and a beautful colour. Frozen berries are cheaper than fresh and are good quality year round: this recipe is a great way to add berries to your diet even out of season!
When all the fruit is cooked add your oats. You need to use regular rolled oats for this rather than the jumbo variety because you want them to quickly absorb liquid and cook ever so slightly. Not cooked like porridge, but warm and thick and just a little bit cakey. I like the Scottish oats from Tesco.
I find this sweet enough as it is but if you prefer your stewed fruit sweeter then either include a finely chopped date or add your favourite sweetener.
To make this dish more substantial you can top your stewed fruit and oats with toasted nuts and / or plant based yoghurt. I like toasted pecans or hazelnuts (for details on how to toast nuts see here).
For other healthy vegan breakfast or snack ideas see:
Free from: nut, soya
Gluten, wheat free: use certified gluten free oats
This is a vegan recipe
- 1 eating apple
- 1 tbsp currants (or other dried fruit)
- 2 tbsp frozen sweet cherries or blueberries
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp regular rolled oats
Peel and chop the apple. Pop in a microwaveable dish with a lid. Splash on a tablespoons worth of water, mix through the cinnamon and currants, then lid on loosely and microwave for about 2-3 minutes, or until the apple is starting to soften but still retains a bit of bite.
Stir through the frozen fruit. Lid back on loosely and microwave for a further 90 seconds-ish. It’s cooked when the apple is soft but not mushy and the frozen berries have defrosted.
There should be a fair bit of liquid in the dish thanks to the water, the apple and the frozen fruit. Stir the oats into the fruit whilst still piping hot and allow them to mush in and cook ever so slightly. Once cool enough to eat, serve.