Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Apple pie oatmeal


One of the most popular recipes here on Family Feedbag is banana coconut oatmeal. And since I like it when you like it, I've decided to share another oatmeal recipe from my kitchen that's both yummalicious and healthy.

Having kids means my days always start a little earlier than I would like. But a yummy breakfast makes getting out of bed feel almost worth it. Almost. Especially when breakfast tastes like warm apple pie!


Forget about getting the mid-morning snackies. This breakfast keeps me going for hours.

Here's how I make it:

1 apple, cored and chopped (skins on)
1 cup water
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

I bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Then I add the oats, apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The heat gets adjusted to low and the oatmeal is simmered for 2-3 minutes while I stir and feel hungry. That's all there is to it. Serve it with a splash of milk and a little or a lot of brown sugar sprinkled on top.


This recipe makes enough for one hungry grown-up or two very lucky children.

What are your mornings like these days? What's for breakfast in your house? Got a recipe to share? Leave a comment!

58 comments:

  1. Super! We're huge fans of your banana coconut oatmeal and will be trying this one soon!

    Mornings are a blur of trying to get toddler fed while feeding baby. Breakfast normally consists of eggs and oatmeal and a treat of buttermilk blueberry pancakes every Sunday.

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  2. Mmmm, looks delish! I'm going to have to try this one. The kids are getting a bit sick of oatmeal and this is just what I need.
    Question for ya...how do you keep your brown sugar from going rock hard??? I hate that. Everytime I want to go use it - bam..hard. What the heck??

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    1. I've heard you can use brown rice at the bottom of the container that you keep the sugar in and that helps. You can also actually buy a little clay figure that goes in there that is supposed to help too. If it's too late and the sugar is already hard- try microwaving it.

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    2. Hi the little clay thing works great! also I use to use a peice of white bread even on rock hard sugar. lay it in the jar you wont get over it!

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    3. A piece of bread in with your brown sugar keeps it nice and moist!!

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    4. Put a marshmallow in the bag!

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    5. If it gets hard, stick it in the microwave for a few seconds and it's like new!

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    6. Store it in the fridge inside a plastic container with a tight fitting lid .

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    7. Bread works wonders! One slice:)

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    8. Same as others, I can vouch for the slice of bread (I usually use the heel since I hate eating that anyway). The bread gets hard and the sugar stays nice and soft!

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  3. TTF - Mmmmmm buttermilk pancakes!

    Luv - I keep brown sugar, and most of my baking staples, in glass storage containers with air tight lids: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/06130000

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  4. Ohh.... this looks so warm and comforting! I'm going to make some right now!

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  5. This is comfort food! Perfect breakfast in bed with a coffee. Fudge that looks good!
    Cupcake
    xo

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  6. who doesnt want apple pie in the morning? off to buy oats tomorrow!

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  7. I have been looking for a recipe like this, thank you so much! It looks amazing. :)

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  8. Wow! Did Suzie the Foodie just comment on my blog? I bow to your royal foodiness, Suzie!

    And you're welcome for the recipe :)

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  9. That's it? Really? So simple! I shall have to try that. It might even get my non-breakfast eater eating breakfast.

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  10. Oh Amy! The flavours were of course fantastic but I am beginning to think I will never like homemade oatmeal. If I can make this fabulous recipe and still have issues with texture... Anyway, I shared it on my blog today. :)

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  11. Hey this is almost exactly like my apple oatmeal except I use part milk in place of the water! I think I need to go check out your banana coconut oatmeal recipe. :)

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  12. I just made this for my family. Verdict: My four year old would not eat it. My two year old tried it, but the apples in her oatmeal were just too much for her. I loved it!! Nice way to add an extra serving of fruit in a super yummy way.

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  13. This is almost identical to my apple oatmeal but I usually saute'd the apples with spices and a little bit of brown sugar, then mixed it with the oats. My daycare children LOVED it. As did teh rest of the family!=)

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  14. Mmmm, apple pie for breakfast! :-) I'll be trying this recipe for sure :-)

    A friend sent me a recipe for a great baked oatmeal. The base is:

    1-1/2 c. oats (I do 2/3 oats and 1/3 kamut)
    2 tbsp. maple syrup
    2 tbsp. brown sugar
    3 c. milk

    Mix the first three ingredients together in a baking dish, stir in the milk, and then you can add whatever you like - fruit (peaches are great), nuts, seeds, 1-2 tbsp. ground flax seed, 1-2 tbsp wheat germ.... when you've got it all mixed together, sprinkle on some cinnamon and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Let sit and cool for about 10 minutes to give the oatmeal time to firm up a bit (unless you like it liquidy), and breakfast is served :-)

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  15. Oh, my goodness, this looks so yummy! I know what we're having for breakfast tomorrow.

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  16. I get tired of making the same stuff for breakfast all the time. This will be a nice change for my family. So perfect for fall!!

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  17. this looks delicious! can't wait to try it in the morning...or maybe tonight?!?

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  18. I'm eating this right now! so yummalicious haha I also added a few raisins, cranberries and walnuts at the end :)

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  19. Such a great breakfast! In response to luvinthemommyhood's question - add a couple of marshmallows to your brown sugar to keep it soft. I saw it here: http://www.realsimple.com/new-uses-for-old-things/new-uses-kitchen/marshmallow-as-brown-sugar-softener-00000000021749/index.html and it works great!!!

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  20. If oatmeal's texture gets to you, use 1/3 cup toasted oat bran from Trader Joe's--it gets thick but smooth. similar amount of water to 1/2 cup of oatmeal... plus you can't beat 3 grams of soluble AND 3 grams of insoluble fiber per serving of oat bran! You'll be full for hours...

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  21. humm can I use old fashioned rolled oats instead?

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  22. Anna - You could use old-fashioned rolled oats, but they require a longer cooking time (usually about 15 minutes). You could just follow the cooking directions for 1 serving on the package, and add the apple and spices with about five minutes left in the cooking time.

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  23. great will try it tomorrow!

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  24. So I made it and shared it with my 2 year old, she ate her entire bowl! I did cook the oats in a pressure cooker so I didn't have to wait 15 mins, it only took 5 and cooked the apples with the spices in a small saucepan, it tasted really good, I cooked the apples longer so that I wouldn't have the problem one of the PP had with the consistency of it, will peel of the apple next time!

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  25. We've had a cold snap here in the south this weekend. This was a WONDERFUL, warm, filling breakfast this morning! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I made it and I LOVE it!

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  27. I think something was missing from you recipe... like sugar or something... this tasted terrible! I'm sorry but it was bad with a capital B! Yuck!!!

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    1. If you read the end of the recipe, she suggests that you may want to add A little or a lot of brown sugar on top.

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    2. I added the extra sugar, quite a bit in fact, and the oatmeal was a bust! Sorry! No good!!

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    3. I think it was missing something, too. I think there needs to be about 1/2 the cinnamon and nutmeg, and add some brown sugar while cooking.

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    4. I put 2 tbsp brown sugar in the boiling water and added the apples first. Let that boil for 1 or 2 minutes by itself, then added the rest of the ingredients. I did half the cinnamon at the request of my son, but left the nutmeg the same. I also added a couple tbsp white sugar at the end. (we like it on the sweeter side, but with the granny smith apples it didn't overly sweeten it. Great change up from the same ole same ole!

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  28. So yummy. I wanted some chewiness and since I didn't have raisins in my pantry, I added a couple teaspoons of Craisins for some added texture. Loved it! Thanks!

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    1. I like to add raisins or cranberries sometimes too! Yum! So glad you liked it.

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  29. Thank you! I have disliked cooked oatmeal forever. When I came across this recipe it looked so good I just had to try it, but only because I am determined to eat better. Mission accomplished! This is probably the only way I will ever eat cooked oatmeal in my life from now on. My heart and cholesterol levels thank you!!!!

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    1. Wow, your heart and cholesterol levels are very welcome :) I'm so glad you like it.

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  30. I'm eating it right now, it yummy(although I had no nutmeg,so that's on the grocery list today!). It's so nice to find a filling healthy breakfast, I went off sugar, wheat and dairy last year and it can be really tough to find things to eat, also cinnamon is very good for balancing out blood sugar levels which counteracts the natural sugars in the apples. I'm not a health obsessive nut, I just have lots of allergies :-(
    Thanks for the recipe, I suspect this will become a feature in my morning routine.

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    1. Yay for healthy AND yummy! I think I might go make some for myself right now :) Thanks for reading!

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  31. this looks fantastic and so easy to make!

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  32. Wow! This looks great! I'm allergic to many raw fruits but cooking the apple will make it possible for me to try this. Tomorrow morning's breakfast!

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  33. Wanted to let you know that I tried this (and loved it!) and am sharing it on my blog today. Hope you're stop by and say hi...I can't wait to try more of your recipes! http://ecb.edesignsfashion.com/2012/04/26/apple-pie-oatmeal.aspx

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  34. Has this been tried with peaches?

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  35. Just made the apple pie oatmeal. And it seriously needs sugar. It tastes bland. I haven't tried it with brown sugar yet but I'm hoping that livens it up.

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  36. I pinned this oatmeal a while ago, and I have made it several times! My family just loves it! Even my little boy who is not a huge fan of oatmeal. Thank you for sharing all your great recipes

    Rachel @ moresisterstuff.blogspot.com

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  37. This is so yummmy! I peeled the apples due to my preference but otherwise did not alter the recipe. Will definitely make it again!! 6 points plus if you are following Weight Watcher's plan :)

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  41. So scrumptious! I have to admit, I like to add more than the called for amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar, but man is this recipe good!

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