I’m so glad the Fall is finally here. The cooler temperatures in the morning have been beckoning for oatmeal. I’ve come up with a new and delicious way to enjoy seasonal apples using homemade preserved apple sauce. After this recipe, I’m not sure how long our apple sauce is going to last. The kids gobble up every last bite and it’s complex enough even for mami and daddy. The steel cut oats in this oatmeal are first toasted in butter creating a nutty aroma and flavor. If you have digestive issues and would rather soak your oatmeal in an acid medium just make sure to dehydrate them before toasting. This recipe is naturally sweetened with the apple sauce and real maple syrup. A nourishing start to your day.
Toasted, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1 tbl butter
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 apples, diced
- cinnamon to coat the apples
- 1 cup fresh whole milk
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- cinnamon to taste
In a small pot, heat 1 tbls butter. Add the steel cut oats and toast for 2 -3 minutes or until they start to brown and set off a nutty aroma. Add the boiling water and apple sauce. Mix thoroughly, set your temperature to low and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
While the oatmeal is simmering for 10-12 minutes, chop your apples and coat with cinnamon.
After the 12 minutes, place the apples on top of the oatmeal and continue to simmer for 10-12 minutes more.
Once the oatmeal has simmered an additional 10-12 minutes, mix the apples and oatmeal incorporating any hardened pieces on the bottom of the pot (This adds a great toasty flavor). Add the milk, syrup and cinnamon to taste (1 – 2 tsp).
From here, depending on what type of steel cut oats you have used, you may simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes on low or until the oats are softened. Serve in a bowl, adding a bit of fresh cold milk and sprinkled cinnamon.