Krystle Martin – Apple ‘n’ Oats (Whitby, Canada)

During COVID19 I have fortunately been able to continue working from home. I have 2 young girls (11 & 9) who have also been home with me as school is closed. While I can acknowledge the seriousness of the pandemic situation, I have enjoyed being home and relished the slower pace of life. I no longer am driving to work or my children to school or lessons. Life is much less rushed and so the beginning of each day feels so different. I have taken to having my coffee on my back deck and when my girls are with me (I have a 50-50 custody arrangement), they sometimes have their breakfast outside too. The recipe I have included is one that was inspired by a video I saw on TikTok (the pandemic has me hooked!): it is quick and easy, plus really delicious for breakfast. Given that mornings are still a bit crisp in our Canadian springtime weather, the warm apples keep my girls toasty while still being outside. What is so special about this activity is that it wouldn’t have happened if the restrictions of COVID19 weren’t in place as I would be rushing them off to school and myself into work. The new pace of these mornings means that we can be together and start our day off with such a different vibe. I feel very lucky that my family and I have stayed healthy during this health crisis and I wish I could hold onto these mornings…

Apple ‘n’ Oats


  • 2 apples, cored and chopped into bite-size pieces (leave skin on)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of large flake oats
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Melt butter on medium heat in large pan.
  2. Once melted, add chopped apples.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, saute apples for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add in remainder of ingredients.
  5. Continue to saute until desired softness of apples.

Recipe Notes:

Any type of apples seem to work – just depends on your taste and consistency preference.

Serves: 2

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