Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal serving 2Can you believe it? There is actually a National Oatmeal Day. I’m not sure how these things are decided upon, but oatmeal deserves a day because it is definitely a pantry staple, it’s a breakfast food, or make some cookies, use it in a dessert crisp topping, grind it up for flour. Not only is oatmeal versatile, but it is nutritious! One cup of cooked oats contains 16% of our daily fiber and 12% of our daily protein requirements, AND it’s low in fat!

My father hated oatmeal because he grew up during the depression and ate it every morning for breakfast…that was what they had. There was no Egg McMuffin® on the corner and his family couldn’t afford bacon. (Maybe that’s why he had 3 pieces of bacon every morning for breakfast as an adult!)

Well, I do like oatmeal, but certainly not every morning, and when I make it for just the 2 of us, it’s nice to jazz it up a little. And it’s easy to do! Simply choose a fruit from your fruit bowl…this is a Gr8 way to use up something that might be on it’s last legs.Apple Pie Oatmeal Fruit Bowl

If you have an apple or a pear, core and slice and dice then sprinkle with a little lemon juice,Apple Pie Oatmeal Diced Apples

then toss in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and spices.Apple Pie Oatmeal Spices

While the oatmeal is cooking, melt some butter in a frying pan and sauté the fruit until tender. Apple Pie Oatmeal Stove

Then just pour it over the oatmeal in your cereal bowls. Easy and much tastier than a simple bowl of oats!Apple Pie Oatmeal serving 1

I use old-fashioned oats, and they really don’t take much time. I just prefer the texture. You can put this on any oats you enjoy.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, you can use any kind of apple, you may need less sugar if you use a sweeter apple.
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon *See Gr8 Tip
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg *See Gr8 Tip
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger *See Gr8 Tip
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream, optional

Directions:

  1. Cut the apple in quarters, core, then cut into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture to the apples and toss to coat all the pieces.
  4. In a small sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. When the butter is melted, add the apple mix to the pan and stir so all the apple pieces are coated with butter.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender and slightly caramelized.
  7. While the apples are cooking put the oats, water, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  8. Turn the heat to low and cook, uncovered, until oats are cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
  9. If you like your oatmeal creamier, you may want to stir in the milk at this time.
  10. When the oatmeal and apples are both done pour the oatmeal into serving bowls and top with the apple mixture.

Gr8 Tip:

If you have Pumpkin Pie Spice, simply use 2 teaspoons of that in place of the spices.

And in case you want to catch up from this week….

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