There’s nothing like the promise of a warm apple pie to lure you out of bed on a chilly morning. With this healthy breakfast oat groats recipe from Sonima chef Joy Houston, you’ll get just that, plus lots good-for-you nutrients and minerals, including protein and fiber. Instead of pie crust, Houston uses fiber-rich whole oat groats to frame the gooey goodness of that familiar apple pie filling flavor. A scoop of protein powder, plus almond milk and spices will give your body the fuel it needs to get—and stay—out of that cozy bed, even on the coldest days of the year. Watch the video above to see Houston whip up the hot and delicious morning meal.

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Photo by Lacy Kiernan



  • 0.5 cups oats, dry, whole groats
  • 1 tablespoon oil, coconut, unrefined, organic
  • 1 apple, fresh, medium, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash ground ginger
  • 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.5 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk, original, Almond Breeze, unsweetened
  • 1 scoop protein powder, soy, vanilla, EAS


  1. Prepare the oat groats ahead for the week by soaking 2 cups of the whole grain overnight. Drain and rinse.

  2. Place the drained oat groats in the Vita-Clay or a slow cooker and cover with water just to the top surface. Cook for 15 minutes until tender. The texture will resemble cooked brown rice. At the point, the oat groats will be ready to use, but if you’re running out the door, you can save them for later in the week.

  3. To make the apple cinnamon whole grain oat bowl, start by heating the coconut oil in a skillet.

  4. Add the apple, maple, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla.

  5. Stir into a sauce for one minute and then let it cook until the apples are tender like in apple pie.

  6. Add the cooked oat groats and cook to heat through.

  7. Divide the mixture between two bowls and top with the protein
    enhanced almond milk.

Nutritional Information

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2 servings