Can I please eat this every morning for the rest of my life? Of course I can because it’s healthy and it’s the perfect thing to pair with a cup of coffee. And what else, it takes 15 minutes or less to make. I eat oatmeal that’s made from scratch pretty often, but I usually just throw a little cinnamon and fresh blueberries or bananas in it. But this time, I thought I’d try something I had never tried before. I was inspired by a craving one morning for a big slice of homemade apple pie for breakfast. Do you blame me? It’s apple picking season here in the midwest and the leaves are starting to turn. Everything about this makes me want the cozy, spicy smell of fresh pies in my oven. But considering I treated myself to rich food such as this all week, I couldn’t possibly have another unhealthy day of eating. Who am I kidding, of course I could, but I was just too lazy to whip up some apple pie!
Therefore, the best part about making this oatmeal is the fact that it sort of makes your place smell like apple pie. That’s because I brown and caramelize the apples in a little brown sugar. Mmm I know you can smell it already! And here’s the reason why I can ASSURE you that this is healthy: no butter is required to brown the apples and this has absolutely no artificial ingredients in it like the pre packaged oatmeals that are “apple flavored”. This oatmeal is so easy to make, there really isn’t any reason to buy the fake little packets. 🙂
I used red gala apples for this oatmeal. But next time, I will try to use a more tart apple like I use in apple pies, to see how that would work. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
Finally, there are six ingredients in this recipe, which is awesome because it’s so simple. But, I want to just say that when I was looking through my pantry, I couldn’t find any walnuts! I almost always put walnuts in my oatmeal, but since I was so hungry, I made it without walnuts anyways. So, feel free to turn this into a 7-ingredient recipe and throw some chopped walnuts in when you re-create this. It’ll only add a little somethin’ somethin’, and will not take away from anything! In fact, add whatever else you want. Dried cranberries? Why not!?
- ½ cup whole rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- ½ a medium sized apple, diced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ cup 2% milk
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons granola
- In a small saucepan, boil the water. Add the oats, lower the heat to medium-low and cook covered for about 5-8 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed into the oatmeal.
- In the meantime, heat a small saucepan on medium-low. Add apples and brown sugar, and caramelize until the apples are softened, stirring frequently. This should take about 2 minutes.
- Add apple mixture to oatmeal. Stir in the milk and cinnamon. Spoon mixture into a bowl and top with granola.
- Serve immediately.