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Apple Spice Oatmeal

Make your own quick and comforting breakfast with apple, spices and whole-grain oats.
Homemade oatmeal with chopped apple and warm spices are shown in bowls.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 2 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 apple
2 cups nonfat or 1% milk or water
1 cup quick-cooking oats or old fashioned rolled oats
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh fruits under running water before preparing.
  3. Rinse the apple, remove the core and cut into small chunks (about 1 ½ cups).
  4. Bring the water or milk to a boil in a saucepan.
  5. Add the oatmeal, salt and apple chunks. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute if using quick cooking oats or 7 to 10 minutes if using old fashioned rolled oats. Stir a couple times while cooking.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg, if desired.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • To increase the apple flavor, use apple juice for all or part of the water. Mixing apple juice with milk may cause milk to curdle.
  • Add bite-size dried fruit pieces like raisins, apricots or cranberries in step 3, or sprinkle on top when serving.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts on top when serving.

Recipe adapted from Nutrition Matters.

Comments

I like apples more crunchy, so I added them after the cereal was cooked.  The crunch was a nice contrast to the soft, smooth cereal texture, and oh so yummy!

LOVE this recipe! Have made it several times already, tastes great and so easy in the morning and quick. Tastes creamier when exactly following times in recipe. Did add chopped nuts, a bit of milk and a sliced banana as toppings. Will make again and again for our family!

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