First things first- Happy New Year!! I’m looking forward to 2014- let’s make it a wonderful year.
I started off my day with a 5 mile run- it felt so good to kick off the new year on a positive note!
Today I’ll be featuring a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
Let’s start with your basic old fashioned organic oatmeal. But let’s not be picky, any kind will do!
I love the possibilities that you have here. I can’t think of a topping that wouldn’t be delicious with oatmeal! Cinnamon? check! Granola? yes please! Hot sauce… ok, wait, maybe I CAN think of a topping we wouldn’t want.
But in all seriousness, there are an endless amount of toppings that pair perfectly with oatmeal! Brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, cinnamon, granola, raisins, cranberries, nuts, bananas, pumpkin, apples, nutmeg…
Today I chose brown sugar and cinnamon. The sweet flavor of brown sugar pairs perfectly with the mild spice of cinnamon. Since I added in sweetened, dried cranberries later, I only added a little bit of brown sugar to keep the sugar content in check.
Next, let’s slice an apple in half, remove the skin, and cut into small pieces.
Part of the reason I love this recipe is because the preparation is so minimal. This makes for the perfect breakfast on a cold winter morning, or a go-to comfort meal for when you’re not feeling well.
Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 apple, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- Dried cranberries
- Sliced almonds (or any kind of nuts)
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a medium sized pan. When the water is boiling, add in 1/2 cup of oatmeal, stirring occasionally. I love these Pampered Chef small glass containers! They are perfect for storing small leftovers, or for measuring out ingredients.
- Cook on medium heat for just over 3 minutes. As the oatmeal begins to thicken up, mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in.
- Gently stir in the apple pieces. Let the oatmeal simmer for 1-2 minutes to allow it to thicken to your desired consistency and giving the flavors time to blend together. The longer the apples cook, the softer they will be. If you would like them to stay firm, add them right before serving.
- Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl before adding your toppings. Here I chose to sprinkle cranberries and slivered almonds on top, but you could also add raisins or another kind of nut if you prefer.
5. Let it cool for a minute or two (or as long as you can wait). Enjoy!