Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I obviously have apples on the brain at this point in the season. I’ve done almost everything you can with them. Made raw cinnamon applesauce, spiced apple cider, and now apple cinnamon oatmeal. I guess we still have apple pie or strudel or crisp left.. Mmmmm. Speaking of apple cinnamon oatmeal, did anyone else absolutely love the little Quaker packets growing up? I ate them often, sometimes in my adult life for a work snack… I know, a little sad right? Making it from scratch is really simple- heat some chopped apples with spices, butter and apple juice, then make oatmeal and combine it all for a heavenly breakfast. Truly any apple works for the recipe. Granny Smiths give a good tang, but I used golden delicious and it was still oh so very good. This makes a great meal for a young toddler 12 months+ Just puree their portion with an immersion blender or regular blender and cool before serving.

Yield: Makes 3-4 servings

Gather
Two apples, cored and chopped in bite sized pieces, peels left on
1/4 c apple juice (or water, or combination of both)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Dash nutmeg
2 tbsp salted butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Sprinkling of lemon juice (if using a sweeter apple)
Handful of Raisins (optional)
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
3-4 servings oatmeal of choice- we like quick cooking steel cut

Make
Chop apples and add all ingredients to sauce pan.
Cook on medium heat, uncovered until apples are soft, 15-20 minutes
Make oatmeal according to manufacturers instructions.
Ladle oatmeal, then apples with some of the apple juice into bowls.
Top with raisins and a very slight sprinkle of cinnamon.

Variations
Add 1/2 almond or dairy milk to the cooking oats to have a creamier oatmeal base

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