The Barber household takes our oatmeal very seriously. The one who takes it most seriously though, is Lincoln. On a busy morning his favorite thing to eat is a quick packet of instant oatmeal – which to be honest is high in sugar, lacks substantial nutritional value and (in my opinion) tastes very artificial. Now I’m not here to bad mouth instant oatmeal – we have two boxes in our lazy susan. What I am here to do is tell you that there is a better way, more delicious, nutritious way and most importantly – if you make it ahead (which we do!), a just as easy way!
How to make Apple Pie Oatmeal:
1. Prepare. Chop the dates, get all of your seasonings out, measure the milk –> the more you can do to get ready the more quickly this easy breakfast will come together!
2. Mix. Apples, dates and seasonings into the sauce pan and once cooked through add the oats and milk!
3. While it’s cooking. Prepare the simple maple roasted pecans in a separate pan while the oatmeal is finishing cooking.
4. Top and Enjoy. Scoop out the oatmeal, top it with pecans and any variety of other things such as apple slices, toasted pumpkin seeds etc.
Substitutions & Additions for Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Can I make this dairy free? Yes! Simply switch out the milk for almond milk – or your favorite non-dairy alternative.
- Can I use other toppings? Definitely! You could use dried fruit, other types of nuts etc.
- Do I have to use Dates? No – but dates are full of fiber, flavor and really give this oatmeal a really unique flavor.
When we make this we portion out the oatmeal into (10) 1/2 cup servings and sit them in the fridge, ready to go for work that week. They are a super easy way to get your breakfast fix that is both convenient, delicious and healthy.
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Apple Pie Oatmeal
- 3 cups milk skim, can subsitute with milk alternative
- 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal sometimes called quick oats
- 3 gala apples diced
- 3/4 cup chopped dates or sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 tbsp salted butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
Making the Oatmeal
- Place the diced apples, dates and seasonings into a sauce pan on medium heat with the lid on. Allow it to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After the apples are mostly cooked (you'll want to keep some of their texture), mix the oats and milk directly into the pan and cook on low for 5 minutes with the lid on. Stir frequently.
- Top with pecans and it's ready to be served (or stored for later in the week)!
Making the Pecans
- You can cook the pecans while the oatmeal is cooking to save time!
- Place the butter in a frying pan on medium heat and allow it to melt.
- Mix the pecans in the butter until they are well coated.
- Pour the maple syrup into the pan and mix until the pecans are well toasted.
- Continue to stir and cook for the next 3-5 minutes. As soon as you can smell the pecans, they are done. If you cook them longer the natural fats will burn.