Recipe 53: Apple Pie Oatmeal

This is one of the recipes which I cannot believe I have not shared yet. I eat this for breakfast at least once a week, and I think I will keep doing that for a long time. Usually, I am not too big on breakfast. I like to eat something simple in the mornings, like a smoothie, some Greek yogurt, or some eggs. However, when I am doing a workout or something else that takes a lot of energy right after breakfast, I need to get some carbohydrates in, so that is when oatmeal comes into the picture. I am not a fan of the taste of plain oatmeal, so I always like to be creative with it. I think it was my sister who introduced me to apple pie oatmeal years ago, and here is the version I like making these days!
Ingredients
  • Apple, medium - 1/5 piece
  • Oats, rolled (could use gluten-free) - 1/3 cup
  • Milk, dairy or non-dairy, or water - 2/3 cup
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
  • Raisins or currants - 1 tbsp
  • Walnuts - 2 pieces, so 4 halves
You could also add some sweetener to this, but I like to stick with just the apple and raisins are natural sweeteners. This could taste bland without a sweetener if you are not used to that, though. I also like to spice things up with just a tad of peanut butter every now and then, but then I usually leave the walnuts out.

Instructions
This is very straightforward, especially when you are already used to making oatmeal. I make mine in a pan, because I really prefer the texture of the oatmeal when it is cooked rather than put into a microwave. It becomes slightly less mushy. 
  1. Cut your apple half into small cubes, and set aside. Keep one cube apart for decoration if you want to.
  2. Put the oats and (non-dairy) milk or water into a pan on low heat, and keep a good eye on it. Oatmeal tends to stick to the bottom of the pan very quickly. Keep stirring it constantly.
  3. When the mixture starts to move in the pan (sort of like boiling), add the apple chunks, cinnamon, raisins, and nuts. If you are using sweetener and/or peanut butter, do not add this yes. Keep stirring the oatmeal.
  4. When there is no liquid left in the oatmeal, you know it is done. You might like it dryer or wetter, but this is how I like mine. Take it off the heat. This would be the time to add a sweetener or the peanut butter if you wanted to.
This is such a nice and healthy start of the day. Ideal when you need the energy. Enjoy!

Liefs,

Debs.

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