The other day while waiting for some water to boil over the stove (because somehow I still don’t own a kettle), I started thinking about alternative ways to sweetening teas. I have never personally been one to add milk or sugar to my tea, but I understand a lot of people do. I wanted to find a way to make a sweeter, dessert-like tea to enjoy before bed, without the added sugar–because a teaspoon of sugar here, and a teaspoon of sugar there will certainly start to add up! Especially when drinking tea in copious amounts like me. :-)
This recipe is super simple, and uses common ingredients you most likely already have on hand. It’s a great way to spice up traditional orange pekoe tea. The added ingredients bring out the subtle and mild flavours of the tea, so it’s perfect for those times you want a more powerful tasting drink, without the added sugar that comes along with other beverages.
Orange Cinnamon Orange Pekoe Tea
Makes One Cup of Tea
1 orange pekoe tea bag
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
Few drops of vanilla extract
Prepare tea, and stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla. Top with orange zest and cinnamon to serve. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon. Note: the orange zest sinks to the bottom, so don’t worry about them in your drink.
Over the weekend, I purchased some apple butter for the first time. I had never tried it before, but I had read about it and thought it sounded quite good! So when I saw it at Bulk Barn while I was picking up various nuts and grains, I knew I had to buy some. I brought it home, but I didn’t really know what to do with it, so with a quick search of the internet I discovered it goes great in oatmeal! And on my own, I have discovered it also goes great stirred into vanilla yogurt… yum!!
Dessert for breakfast anyone?! This recipe actually tastes like apple pie or apple crumble. I loved every bite, it was just so flavourful and sweet–and perfectly in season with fall apples! :-) The apple butter added a whole new level of deliciousness, while the cinnamon and fresh apples gave the desserty flavour. The walnuts were the perfect topping, adding a nice crunch to finish. (I wouldn’t recommend skipping them!)
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Makes One Serving
1/2 apple, chopped
1/3 cup steel cut oats (or other type of oatmeal)
1 cup water
1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon apple butter
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
In a medium sized pot, bring water to a boil. Add oats, reduce to medium-low, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until oats are cooked and water is absorbed.
While oats are cooking, in a small bowl stir together yogurt and apple butter until combined.
Transfer cooked oats into serving bowl, and top with apple butter and yogurt mixture, and chopped apples.
Finish bowl with cinnamon and chopped walnuts to serve.