Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Let's eat all the apples!

Have you been apple picking this season? I don't care if the internet declares apple picking a "basic" activity--it's fantastically fun and a tradition I am not willing to give up.

At what other time of year can you get 20 pounds of apples for two people and NOT judge yourself?

Besides eating an apple a day for the entire month of October, apple picking gives you the perfect excuse to get cooking with the freshest apples that the season has to offer. A fresh apple is the key to my Apple Pie Oatmeal. Imagine having dessert for breakfast. Well, I am here to make that dream a reality.

I suggest rolled oats or steel cut oats for this dish. They are nutty and rich and pair wonderfully with warm apples, cinnamon, and sweet honey. There is no refined sugar in this oatmeal, making it a deliciously guilt free breakfast you can enjoy all week!

I like to make a big batch of this oatmeal Sunday night, and warm up individual portions every morning. The oatmeal may get thicker the longer it sits in the fridge, but that's nothing a little almond milk can't solve. Simply warm the oatmeal in the microwave with a couple of tablespoons of almond milk until your desired consistency is reached.

May I recommend an extra apple slice or two, chopped pecans, an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of vanilla yogurt for serving? Enjoy!

Here's what you need for Apple Pie Oatmeal (Print Recipe!)

2 cups water
dash of salt
1 cup rolled oats (or steel cut oats, which may require additional water. Cook according to package instructions)
1 medium fresh apple, chopped small
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
dash of ground nutmeg
1-2 tablespoons of honey, depending on the sweetness of your apple

Here's what you do

Bring the water and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until oats absorb most of the water and the apples are tender to the bite, stirring occasionally.

Allow to cool slightly before serving, If you are storing the oats overnight, allow to cool completely before spooning into an airtight container and popping in the fridge.

*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe

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