The best thing ever happened when I was at the supermarket the other day: organic Red Delicious apples were on SALE. Granted, it was still $1.99/lb, but that’s still much better than 2.99/lb!
My soul always dies a little bit during the summer months when apples are out of season. Why can’t all produce be in season all the time? 🙂
Okay, I don’t really mean that. There is something exciting about fruits and veggies coming in and out of season. It also adds a sentimental value; squash and pumpkins and apples make me dream of autumn leaves and crisp, cool breezes; sweet corn and zucchini remind me of hot summer cookouts; asparagus and rhubarb and strawberries make me grin with the thought of spring and the promise of warmer days.
Still…sometimes I just want an apple. An in-season, on-sale, organic apple. Sometimes I want fresh kale. Sometimes I want big, crisp, snappy asparagus. I don’t want to wait!
But alas, I must. So it makes me smile when organic apples randomly go on sale in mid-July (even if it is Red Delicious, and not Braeburn, my usual choice). No, it’s not shopping in-season. No, it’s not shopping local. But I only bought two of them, and I enjoyed the crap out of them.
So what did I do with these apples? Well, I’ve been pumping out coconut recipes lately (haven’t you noticed?). I don’t buy coconut milk as often as others because it’s not quite as versatile, so when I do have it, I feel immense pressure to try out all the coconut-themed recipe ideas on “The List.” This was one of them. Now, to be honest, I think you could use the coconut-lime base for almost any fruit; one that comes to mind for me is blackberries. Nummy! I listed several other possibilities below; feel free to try out your own!
What you'll need:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1 red apple*
- juice of one lime (~2 tbsp)
- pinch of salt
- shredded coconut for topping
How to make it:
- Bring coconut milk to a boil, add 1/2 cup regular rolled oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Dice up apple into the oatmeal.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lime juice and a pinch of salt.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of coconut milk and shredded coconut.
Just an FYI:
*Instead of apples, you could use: blackberries, kiwi, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, or even honeydew!