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Published: Saturday, 11/2/2013

Social media query yields a recipe idea

Breakfast oatmeal will remind you of apple pie. Breakfast oatmeal will remind you of apple pie.

I saw the plea on my Facebook news feed: “Anyone know how to make really good apple-cinnamon oatmeal without using the instant stuff?”

I wanted to respond, but when I’m making my morning oatmeal, I never measure my ingredients; I do it by taste and routine.

But on a recent morning, I measured carefully as I stirred up a pot full of oats and apples, so I could share it with you all. To make four servings of Apple Pie Oatmeal, it is easier to cook on the stovetop. If, however, you are making just 1 serving, the microwave wins top honors. I have included amounts and directions for both ways.

I use more than just cinnamon to spice it up. In addition to brown sugar, I use apple pie spice, a unique, store-bought blend of all kinds of “apple” spices. This way, you are not going through the whole spice cabinet to add flavor.

Check out this delicious fall recipe that appeals to both adults and children.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 generous servings; leftovers are delicious

1 tablespoon butter

2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced

3 cups unsweetened apple juice or water

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

¼ teaspoon salt, optional

1½ cups whole oats (old-fashioned, not quick or instant)

1 tablespoon half-and-half

In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add apple. Saute 2 minutes, until apple pieces begin to soften. Add juice (or water if using), brown sugar, apple pie spice, and salt if desired and bring to a boil; stir in oats.

Return to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes or until most of juice is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Let stand until desired consistency is reached and cool slightly before serving. Add half-and-half just before serving.

For a single microwave serving: In 2-cup microwaveable bowl, combine ¾ teaspoon butter; ½ medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced; 2/​3 cup unsweetened apple juice or water; ¾ teaspoon brown sugar; ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice; pinch salt; and 1/​3 cup whole (old-fashioned oats). Microwave on high 4 to 5 minutes or until most of juice is absorbed. Watch carefully to prevent over-spillage. Let stand to cool and achieve desired consistency. Add 1 tablespoon half-and-half just before serving.

Approximate values per serving: 331 calories, 6 g fat (2.7 g saturated), 9 mg cholesterol, 5.3 g protein, 64 g carbohydrates, 6 g dietary fiber, 177 mg sodium.

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