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Wednesday 25 June 2014

Apple pie cinnamon goodness oatmeal recipe - part 6 of Breakfast and Brunch series!

Its healthy, its breakfast.. it tastes like a dessert?!  I used to love oatmeal when I was a kid.. ate it every day for breakfast, and sometimes even for lunch or dinner.  My mom made a savory version not sweet and I had it day in day out... until one day I made a connection that hey.., salty oatmeal as the consistency of snot. HAHAHAHA!! So, it was years before I was able to touch oatmeal again - and it was in this almost dessert like form.  My boyfriend loves digging out apple filling of pies, tarts, strudels... and I didn't want to just make him the apple cinnamony goodness filling without making it healthy somehow.. and one day I had bags of apples to use up... so this recipe was born... alot of apples, a bit of cinnamon, a kiss of brown sugar, nutmeg and oatmeal for an apple pie cinnamon goodness oatmeal recipe.  Feel free to add even more apples - I made this once with 3 bags (over a dozen apples) and I just added a smidge more brown sugar at the end.  Save yourself a lot of work by using an apple peeler to quickly peel all the lovely apples for this recipe.

So from our Breakfast and Brunch series:
Part one:  how to poach eggs and make Hollandaise sauce to make killer Eggs Benedict!
Part two: how to make the best customized pancakes! From chocolate, banana bread, carrot cake, lemon ricotta, tasty healthy and high fibre pancakes and more!
Part 3: how to make the best customized crisp and fluffy Belgium waffles!
Part 4: how to make Oven roasted garlic and herb crispy potato wedges with bacon!
Its now time for:

Apple pie cinnamon goodness oatmeal recipe makes 4 servings
-4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into either 16 wedges or diced (wedges look nicer, diced cooks faster)
-1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
-1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon - divided into 1 and 0.5 tablespoons
-1 teaspoon butter (I used salted)
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg - divided in half
-1/4 cup evaporated milk or milk or cream (use 2% evap milk for creaminess with way less calories than cream)
-1 cup quick oats, rolled oats or steel oats (instant if you like it mushy and smooth - it turns to mush super fast!)
-2-3 cups of water (less if you like to slice your oatmeal, more if you prefer it more runny)

How to
1) In a large bowl, place 2 cups of water and the oatmeal in it to soak. Go peel and cut up apples.
2) In a large nonstick deep pan or wok, toss 0.5 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, butter, all the apples and the brown sugar together over medium heat and cook, stirring every now and then for about 10minutes until all the apples are nice and soft.  Spoon out about 1/2 the apple mixture and reserve.
3) Add in the pre-soaked oatmeal to the pan/wok holding the apple mixture, cook on medium high for a few minutes until oatmeal is cooked through (2-3 min for instant/quick oats, more if its the other longer cooking types).  Add extra water to thin if needed to make it the consistency you prefer.  Add extra brown sugar to taste.
4) Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.  Add a touch more water if you're planning to pack this for breakfast tomorrow as oatmeal gets thicker when you let it sit in fridge and then microwave it
5) Divide up into bowls or tupperware (if saving for next day's breakfast) and top with reserved caramelized apples.  Enjoy!


Crystal Hadley said...

It must taste great! Thanks for your tips! said...

Thanks Crystal! I usually make a huge batch and then have it for an easy breakfast for the next few days :) Enjoy!

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