Apple Pie Oatmeal brings your breakfast to a new level; and it's easier than you think! The apples and spices go together quickly to give maximum flavor to humble oats.
Oatmeal is an amazing food. It's a pantry staple, it's a breakfast food, you can make cookies with it, use it in a dessert crisp topping, or grind it up for flour. Not only is oatmeal versatile, but it's 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 disliked 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.
How to Make Easy Apple Pie Oatmeal
If you have an apple or a pear, core and slice and dice then sprinkle with a little lemon juice,
then toss in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and spices.
While the oatmeal is cooking, melt some butter in a frying pan and sauté the fruit until tender.
Then just pour it over the oatmeal in your cereal bowls. Easy and much tastier than a simple bowl of oats!
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
- 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
- Cut the apple in quarters, core, then cut into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
- In a small bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture to the apples and toss to coat all the pieces.
- In a small sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- When the butter is melted, add the apple mix to the pan and stir so all the apple pieces are coated with butter.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender and slightly caramelized.
- While the apples are cooking put the oats, water, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat to low and cook, uncovered, until oats are cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
- If you like your oatmeal creamier, you may want to stir in the milk at this time.
- When the oatmeal and apples are both done pour the oatmeal into serving bowls and top with the apple mixture.