When I was a kid, my mother used to make apple-rice for us; rice and apple cooked together, served with milk. A simple snack which also happens to be suitable for sensitive or upset tummies.
The season of apples is in full blow and gardens are brimming of this popular early autumn fruit. Some neighbors had put out a box of apples outside their fence and I picked a bag of delicious small green apples on my way back from a walk. Perfect apple-rice material.
Instead of using rice, however, I chose a 100% Swedish crop – certified organic whole-grain oats, grown in Norrala. So to be precise, I made apple groats instead of apple rice, but you can definitively use white rice for this.
I washed and soaked the groats for two nights, before cooking them in a food thermos, together with the apples. It’s a very simple and energy-efficient way of cooking that I really recommend.
I also soaked a batch of nuts that I baked at 100 C (212 F) in the oven until crisp. I served the apple-groats with almond milk, toasted nuts and cranberries.
A perfect breakfast or lunch for kids and grown-ups alike…
- 85-90 g whole oat groats (1 scoop of 100 ml)
- 200 ml water
- One organic apple
- Almond milk
- pinch of salt
- Unsweetened cranberries
- Wash the groats and cover them with water. Soak for 1-2 days in the fridge (optional but recommended)
- Rinse the oats and place them in a pot with 200 ml water and a little pinch of salt
- Wash and cut the apple in pieces
- Bring to a boil, remove from the heat and add the apple
- Transfer everything to a food thermos
- Let cook for 1-2 hours
- Instead of transfering to a thermos, cover the pot with a lid and continue cooking the oats in low to medium heat
- Add the apple when the groats have started to soften, turn off the heat, place a towel between the pot and the lid and steam the groats for another 5 min or so.
- Coarsely chop a mix of different kinds of unsalted nuts
- Rinse and soak in water overnight
- Heat up the oven at 100 C (212 F)
- Remove the soaking water and spread the nuts on an oven tray lined with parchment paper
- Roast towards the middle of the oven until the nuts are crisp
- Turn off the oven and let the nuts stay in the oven until it has cooled
- Keep in a container
- Place half the apple groats in a deep plate
- Add some cool or warm (almond) milk
- Sprinkle with nuts and cranberries
- Add some cardamome and/or cinnamon
- The apples will let out some juices. It does not matter if the mixture is not completely dry, as long as the groats/rice is cooked. White rice is more absorbent than whole groats.
- Soaking the oats make them easier to cook and most importantly, more digest
- Make a big batch of nuts and keep in a container
- Cook in a food thermos or in a pot