Cinnamon-Apple Oatmeal

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Whenever we are on vacation, my daughters love to try the different flavored microwavable oatmeal packets available at the hotel breakfasts. Their favorite flavor is cinnamon-apple.

Recently Emma begged me to buy a box of cinnamon-apple microwavable oatmeal packets. Glancing at the ingredients list on the box, I told her there was no way I was buying these artificially flavored, chemical-laden packets of oatmeal that you have to nuke in the microwave. I did promise I would try to create a healthier, homemade version of it for her. So I got busy figuring out how to make some yummy, homemade, healthy and natural, cinnamon-apple oatmeal.

As it turned out, she loves my homemade version even more than the microwavable packets, and I am now expected to make it as often as possible during the school year.

So, here is my very simple “recipe” for cinnamon-apple oatmeal. It is very easy to make, tastier, and so much healthier – plus there is no nuking going on.

This also makes a perfect, warm, filling fall breakfast when apples are in season!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped (skin on)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3 tablespoons loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts (optional – I like the added protein, plus my girls and I really like some crunch in our oatmeal; however, if you don’t, no need to add any!)
  • Honey, for drizzling (also optional – adds a nice flavor and looks pretty – but tastes perfectly fine without it!)


Directions:

1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring chopped apples, water, milk, butter, and salt to boil.

2. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. After 6 minutes, remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Divide into two bowls, and sprinkle each bowl with chopped nuts and drizzle with honey, if desired. Serve immediately while hot. :)

Yield: 2 servings

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