Soft, sweet, warming & easy to make: This recipe for stewed apples will brighten up your autumn mornings!
Breakfast might be my most favourite meal of the day. Especially on weekends, I love to prepare brunches with a many small, diverse dishes, because my Vata mind really loves variety on the table. During the week, breakfast needs to be much simpler (and also quicker). Usually I don’t even feel like taking a decision and am happy when I can go for proven staples. What I love about this great Ayurvedic autumn breakfast recipe is that I can still enjoy a variety of flavours, by simply switching up the spices every now and then or taking a different fruit, like pear or plum for example.
These stewed apples can be a beautiful, easily digestible meal all by itself, you can add some seeds and nuts, or you can pour it over some porridge. I also love to enjoy it with some plant based yogurt and a sprinkle of flax seeds & cacao nibs. It is important to mention that according to Ayurveda fruit should never be combined with dairy, so better use oat, pea or soy based products instead.
I really love my apples with cinnamon, cardamom & orange peel - but that’s just me. Other days I add cloves or star anis to the mix, leave other spices or the orange peel out, or substitute orange for lemon. I really encourage you to find your own flavour and be creative with the spices. That’s what I love so much about this dish: It can taste different every day.
Autumn is Vata season, which means that we humans are generally more susceptible for stress, anxiety or restlessness. Also, and I personally feel this one a lot, the heated air inside and wind outside dries out our skin immensely. That’s why we find balance by consuming good oils with our meals. If you are a predominant Vata Dosha then I would suggest to you to use a whole spoon of oil/ghee with this recipe. It will nicely lubricate your digestion and your joints form the insight and make you feel more relaxed and grounded. For Pittas and Kaphas, I would suggest half a tablespoon, since both Dosha should consume a moderate amount of oils. If you struggle with a Vata imbalance due to the change of season or the current weather conditions, please feel free to add more.
*You are not sure which Dosha resonates most with you? Check my blogpost "Introduction of the Dosha, Balance & Disease" which includes a quick Dosha test for you!*
Ingredients (for one person):
1 (organic) Apple
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Cardamom pods
½ teaspoon orange peel
½ - 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
1 teaspoon coconut sugar or jaggery
Pinch of salt
Instructions (takes approximately 5-8 minutes):
Wash the apple thoroughly and chop in small, bite sized pieces. There’s no need to peel the apple, since many important nutrients (for example for our digestion) are lying right under the peel and would be going to waste once you take off the peel.
Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan, once it’s melted & warm, add spices to "activate" them & once you can feel their fragrance spreading, add the appleslices. After a few minutes on high heat, reduce to low and let simmer.
Add coconut sugar, stir occasionally for 5 minutes (or until the apples are nicely soft and look caramelized). If you like it
Add orange peel and stir for one last time before you turn of the heat.
Enjoy this delicious treat and have a beautiful day!
Please let me know if you tried this recipe, which combination of flavours is your favourite and how you prefer to enjoy this meal the most. Even though I am calling it breakfast, doen't mean that you cannot prepare this any time of the day. Right now, I am fasting sugar for one week and once the cravings kick in, this meal would be a great substitute for cookies, chocolate or all other guilty pleasures.