For those who grew up on instant, microwavable oatmeal packets, I feel obliged to tell you that you’re missing out! Oatmeal was one of my favorite breakfast foods as a kid, and my mother always used the real Quaker oats, butter, a splash of milk, sugar and cinnamon. Now that I’m older, I love to mix up my oatmeal to see what delicious variations I can create. This recipe is one that I came up with on a Sunday morning when I had a big bowl of Honeycrisp apples and felt like doing something different. I have made it a few times since then, and I promise you that it is one of the tastiest and most satisfying bowls of oatmeal you have ever had!
(This recipe makes 1 serving, but can be multiplied easily for the whole family)
- 1/2 Honeycrisp apple, diced into 1/2″ cubes*
- 1 Tbs unsalted butter
- Pinch salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground cloves
- 2 Tbs, packed, brown sugar
- 1/2 C Oatmeal**
- 1 C water
*No need to peel the apple, the peel adds a nice texture and contains nutritious pectin, flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber– all good for you!
**I prefer the Old Fashioned Oats, with a 5 minute cooking time. You may use your favorite oatmeal!
Add cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. Stir continuously for 3 minutes, or until sugar has dissolved into a caramel. Reserve the apple mixture in a bowl for later.
In the same pan, (no need to rinse), add water and bring to a boil. Cook your oats according to the package directions. For Old Fashioned oats: add oats to boiling water and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.
When your oatmeal is cooked, stir in the apple and caramel mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish, and enjoy!
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