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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Posted in Breakfasts, Favourites by Janet M on September 30, 2010


Oftentimes
, my breakfast and dessert could be the same dish. I never really thought I had sweet breakfasts, but I definitely prefer more wholesome desserts. Muffins, scones, and granola all work double duty.

When I saw this Apple Pie Oatmeal in Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook (also posted here), I knew I wanted to ring in my fall breakfasts with a cinnamon and apple-flavoured oatmeal. I just wasn’t prepared for how similar it would taste like apple pie. The flavours were all there, cinnamon and nutmeg, juicy sauteed apple pieces, with the warmth from the cooked oatmeal.

Light and sweet, this was delicious and the key was using apple juice to cook the oatmeal.  I made a few modifications to the recipe, such as decreasing the amount of oats and liquid to increase the apple ratio and have less leftovers. I also found the original recipe a bit sweet when eaten fresh (it mellows as leftovers, though), so I decreased the sugar.  I also decreased the oil because I didn’t find it was necessary with the juicy apple. While I wouldn’t eat oatmeal for dessert, this oatmeal has the same flavours as apple pie. Thus, dessert for wholesome breakfast. Add some apples and spice to your morning routine. You won’t regret it. :)

This is my submission to Ricki and Kim’s vegan SOS challenge featuring apples.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

1 apple, chopped
1 tsp canola oil or butter
1 tsp brown sugar, turbinado raw cane sugar or maple syrup (or omit entirely)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 cup apple juice (I bet apple cider would be wonderful as well)

1. Combine the oil/butter and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted and blended. Add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring, until the apples release their juices. Add the oats and cook for about 2 more minutes, until the juices are absorbed, stirring to prevent sticking.

2. Add the apple juice and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the oatmeal is thick and the apples are soft.

3. Let the cooked oatmeal rest, covered, for 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Serves 3-4.

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  1. Priya said, on September 30, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Wat a healthy and nutritious oatmeal..

  2. Ricki said, on September 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    What a great idea to cook the oatmeal with apple juice! I do something similar to this, except I bake the whole thing instead of cooking it on the stovetop–so creamy and delicious (and yes, it sure does blur the lines between breakfast and dessert!). Thanks for another great entry to the SOS Kitchen Challenge. :D

    • Saveur said, on October 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM

      I love baked oatmeal, Ricki, so your version sounds equally delicious. :)

  3. Kim @ Affairs of Living said, on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Four entries?! You are such a rock star. And this oatmeal looks rockin’ awesome. What an awesome idea! I’m forwarding this to my oatmeal loving mother, who will drool. Thanks for participating, you are so much fun! xoxo Kim | http://www.affairsofliving.com

    • Saveur said, on October 4, 2010 at 6:59 AM

      Thanks Kim! I love your choice of ingredients, so it is quite easy to participate. :)

  4. Kim @ Affairs of Living said, on September 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    PS – you should put some kind of “share” or “email” button on each of your posts. It will make sharing your awesome recipes much easier, and will totally increase your exposure! ;)

    • Saveur said, on October 4, 2010 at 6:59 AM

      I wish I knew how to do that with wordpress. I may have to investigate!

  5. Megha said, on October 1, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    What a healthy way to start your morning!!! I will surely try this recipe :)

  6. Joanne said, on October 1, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    I’m all for eating dessert for breakfast, especially if it involves apple pie AND is good for me! This sounds so incredibly delicious!

  7. Maria @ Scandifoodie said, on October 4, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    This sounds so delicious! I eat rolled oats with rolled rye most mornings :-)

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  10. Veronica said, on November 10, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Thank you for a great recipe! I’ve made it 3x already with apple cider and it’s really delicious. Very comforting on a fall day.

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