I am having the hardest time writing about apple pie oatmeal when we are only days away from the end of the craziest presidential election ever. I am so not a political person, but this time around the brouhaha is simply unavoidable. It’s impossible not to know at least the surface level of the goings-on. Also, I’m married to a VERY political person (love you, my Twitter addict!), so I hear a lot about it just by being, you know, in the same room as my husband. But, everybody needs to eat, and when it comes to breakfast in October you can’t go wrong with something apple-centric. And chances are you’ve been dragged to or have dragged someone to a farm with fresh apples in recent days and need something to do with them. I’ve got you covered.
Remember the apple pie waffles? DROOOOOOOOOOL….This apple pie oatmeal is a very similar concept, but with a much more time-friendly approach. You can have a steaming hot bowl of apple goodness on the table in 15 minutes, no microwave involved!. Although you can make single servings in the microwave, I do all the time.
The key to the most apple-icious oatmeal is to use apples three ways – apple cider (and water) for the cooking liquid, diced apples cooked into the oatmeal, and fresh diced apples as a topping. A touch of maple syrup bumps up the sweetness just slightly, and a hefty dose of cinnamon makes this taste like fall in a bowl. The crowning glory is a silky, slightly sweet splash of cinnamon cashew cream to take you to apple breakfast nirvana. All this for a weekday breakfast option? Sign me up.
As the leaves fall outside, temperatures come down, and the rain drizzles in (no end in sight here in the PNW), brighten up your day with a steaming hot bowl of apple pie oatmeal. Yes, that sounds like a commercial, I’m trying to sell you on this recipe. How did I do?
Oh, you’re already breaking into the apple cider. A good sign.
Happy Fall, everyone! Apple Pie Oatmeal for President! I think may be on to something.
Apple Pie Oatmeal
For the Oatmeal
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 apples (diced)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 Tablespoon maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
Cinnamon Cashew Cream (optional)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- Optional toppings:
- Chopped nuts (I love walnuts with this!)
- Fresh apples
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
On the Stovetop
- In medium pan (2-4 quarts), combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to low/simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Serve hot with optional toppings.
In the Microwave (single serving)
- In a wide, shallow bowl, microwave 1/4 portions of all ingredients on high for 3-4 minutes. You may be able to cook the entire recipe in a large, shallow bowl, but I have had spillage problems with oatmeal in my microwave, so I recommend the stovetop method if you don't want to make a single serving.
For Cinnamon Cashew Cream
- Blend all ingredients until creamy. Will thicken upon standing after 15 minutes or so. Refrigerate any leftovers up to 5 days.
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Beth, I am drooling! I eat oatmeal every morning, and think I will make this this week! MMmmmmm….
And yes, this election totally blows. Not sure many people will be happy with the outcome this time around. 🙁
Hey, you and E-man are drool twins, ha ha! 🙂 I am honored this might make an appearance on your breakfast table – let me know how it goes if you try it! I totally agree, I don’t think anyone involved will really “win” this time around. The whole process has suffered a severe blow. Hopefully next time civility will return – a girl can dream, right?
Sophia DeSantis says
This looks delicious mama!! I love that photo of all the ingredients. It looks so cozy and inviting. Apple pie oats for pres!!!
Thank you, my friend! The ingredient shots are starting to become a signature of mine, I can’t stop doing them. 🙂 I truly feel that apple pie oatmeal would make a better President than any of the current offerings. 🙂
Hannah Elizabeth says
I’d vote for Apple Pie Oatmeal! ? Especially because I’m not an oatmeal person (unless it’s in baked form), and I loved this!! ?
Little Vegan Bear says
The election is crazy! Even over here in Australia we are all following closely the crazy happenings. I guess it’s a nice change not to focus on our own political mayhem…though in saying that, our doesn’t seem like such madness compared with what’s going on over there at the moment!
Love the oatmeal – you had me at ‘apple pie’ 😉
It’s a bummer to think about what the rest of the world thinks of our election process at this point – glad we were able to provide a distraction though. 🙂 Hope you’ll let me know if you try the oatmeal! 🙂
Just discovered your site on my night shift and SO KEEN to try a few of your recipes, this one especially!
Just wondering if anyone can give me some apple cider advice?? I’m In Australia and not sure what this ingredient is… That sounds stupid, but my understanding of apple cider is the alcohol beer-like cider from a bottleshop!! I’m sure that’s not what you mean. Is your type sweet? Carbonated or flat? Would I get it from a grocery store??
Please help!! I would love to try this out ASAP haha 🙂
You should be able to use either apple cider (non-alcoholic) or apple juice in this recipe. I’m going to try it tomorrow, sounds so delicious. I wonder how long oatmeal keeps in the fridge, if I cook this for myself can I reheat it each day for the next 3 days?
Kathy K. says
Not sure if you’re still in need of an answer. (I just found this blog an hour ago.) Apple cider is straight from the apple. It is not filtered to remove pulp. It may be pasteurized and is commonly found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. (This is not ‘hard cider’, which has been fermented. and has an alcohol content.) Apple juice is a shelf-stable product, filtered and may have added sugar.