Cathy's Apple Cinnamon Hunger Fighting Oatmeal
- Ready In:
- 2 apples (medium to large sized, I like to use Braeburn, Jonagold, or Gala)
- 1 cup water (approximate(just enough to cover the apples in the kettle)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 1⁄2 cups milk (I use skim)
- 1⁄2 - 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc, or a combination)
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄8 cup real maple syrup (NOT maple flavored pancake syrup)
- 1⁄2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon (1 teaspoon is a lot of cinnamon, use less if you aren't cinnamon nuts like we are)
- brown sugar (optional)
- Core and chop apples into small, bite-sized cubes. Peel if you wish. I leave the skins on (more fiber), but if the texture bothers you, peel apples first.
- Simmer apples in water over medium heat until tender. Time varies depending on the type of apple and how tender you like them. I generally cook them until very tender, but if you want more recognizeable pieces of apple in the finished oatmeal, leave a little more firm. Add a little more water if the pan cooks dry.
- Add the dried fruit about half way through cooking the apples in order to soften and rehydrate. (If you forget, just cover them with a little water and microwave them a few seconds before adding to the apples).
- Add oats and milk, bring just to a simmer, reduce heat, and slowly cook until thick, taking care to stir occasionally and scrape the bottom of the pan. Since this is old fashioned oatmeal, this will take at least five minutes.
- Once the oatmeal is cooked and thick, remove from heat and stir in nuts, syrup, and cinnamon.
- Let stand five minutes. Place in individual serving bowls. Thin & cool with a little milk and sweeten with brown sugar or more maple syrup, if desired.
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This is a yummy, soothing combination of flavors. We added the walnuts separately at the table, since the kids around here won't eat them. This makes six LARGE servings, so I saved the remainder to make into a loaf of quick bread later this week. I think this will be fabulous for the next coming months as the apple and cranberry harvests show up in the stores -- I think I might try a combination of fresh cranberries with apple next time, but I will halve the recipe. Thanks so much, SrtaMaestra!
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