This Apples Dulce de Leche Oats Breakfast is an indulgent breakfast jar:). We usually prepare this on days where one of us has something important going on. Starting the day with a filling, indulgent and fruity breakfast is the perfect way to add some motivation to the day:).
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Dulce de Leche or Caramel?
Often people use the words dulce de leche and caramel interchangeably. Maybe because of these sauces’ dark amber color or maybe because when you use any translator from Spanish to English they’ll translate Dulce de Leche as Caramel. But gastronomically they are different!
Caramel is made by slowly cooking sugar, usually granulated sugar until it caramelizes. While dulce de leche is made by slowly cooking milk and sugar together.
Dulce de Leche pronunciation is [dool-seh deh leh-cheh]. Dulce de Leche is used in filling of a lot of Latin American pastries and cakes. Caramel is most often used in making flan or toppings for ice cream or other desserts.
While most people use them interchangeably, people who love both these sauces find it hard to use one instead of the other. Especially here in Miami where dulce de leche is very prevalent in bakeries and cooking, you can’t interchange them:).
How To Cook Oats?
There are so many methods to cooking oats and I bet everyone has their favorite. Oats are one of our favorite breakfasts as soon as the weather cools a little bit. We usually cook them with milk, cinnamon and honey then top with fruits & nuts.
However, this specific recipe is a bit more indulgent because of dulce de leche! It really feels like a dessert for breakfast:).
You can cook oats as follows:
- Stovetop with milk (old fashioned oats, quick oats or rolled oats)
- Stovetop with water (old fashioned oats, quick oats or rolled oats)
- Microwave (only instant oats)
- Overnight oats
We as a family prefer cooking oats with milk in the stovetop and that’s the most challenging method, especially if you’re not used to cooking milk.
The trick to cooking oats with milk is to warm up milk slowly, otherwise it will stick to the bottom of the sauce pan and smell like burnt milk. As soon as milk approaches boiling point, add oats in and stir occasionally. Lower temperature from medium to medium-low. Add a dash of salt and cinnamon and continue stirring until you get the desired creamy consistency!
In other oatmeal recipes, I tend to add honey or maple syrup at this point in. However, for this specific recipe I feel that dulce de leche is sweet enough so the oats don’t need extra sweeteners.
- For this recipe, I don’t cook the apples. I feel the crisp apple bites mixed with dulce de leche and cooked oats create such a perfect combination. If you like apples to be cooked, then you can quickly saute them in a pan with cinnamon, a little brown sugar and some butter. Then add them over the oatmeal jars.
- Other toppings you can use are as follows. Just play around with flavors to get the desired taste:)
- Nuts: pecans, walnuts, pistachios or cashews
- Fruits: bananas, berries, peach, mango etc
- Seeds: poppy, chia, pine nut
Apples Dulce de Leche Oats Breakfast
- Sauce Pan
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 cups milk
- 8 tsps dulce de leche
- dash salt
- 1-2 apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Core and peel the apples. Chop them in small bite size pieces.
- Pour milk in a small pot. Turn heat to medium.
- When milk is about to boil, add oats, mix once. Then add a dash of salt and cinnamon. Continue mixing slowly and let cook for about 5 minutes until oatmeal is creamy.
- Add 1 tsp of dulce de leche in each breakfast bowl or jar. Then scrape the oatmeal from the pots and distribute evenly in the bowls. Top with fresh apples. Then drizzle another tsp of dulce de leche over each serving. Dig in, mix and enjoy:)
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Other Breakfast Recipes
Check out these other breakfast recipes from my blog:
- Quinoa pops breakfast
- Quinoa flakes breakfast recipes
- Halloumi, eggs breakfast
- Chia, hemp hearts yogurt breakfast