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.