I've often mixed apples and cinnamon into oatmeal to give it flavor. However, the flavor is usually pretty mild and I always want to add too much sugar to make up for it. This recipe is a huge improvement on the old way.
3 cups water
1.5 cups rolled oats (not instant or steel cut - these are the 5-minute oats)
Topping:3 small to medium apples peeled and chopped (I use gala)
3/4 cup water
1.5 tsp apple pie spice
1 TBS unpacked brown sugar
1 TBS corn starch
1.5 TBS pecan pieces (optional)
6 TBS Coco Whip (optional)
Peel and chop your apples, then place in a saucepan over medium-high heat with the water and apple pie spice for about 7 minutes, until apples soften nicely.
Bring another pot with the 3 cups of water to a boil at this point, and cook the oats in that pan for 5 minutes.
Back to the pot of apples, add in the sugar and salt and mix the corn starch in a separate container with the smallest amount of water you can until you get something you can pour (no clumps), then drizzle it into the apple pot slowly, while stirring. Keep cooking until the sauce gels up and the apples are tender.
Portion the oats and the topping into 3 bowls, then serve each bowl with a half TBS of pecan pieces and 2 TBS of Coco Whip (or other non-dairy whipped cream, but Coco Whip is really good). It's so rich, feels like a tasty dessert, and sticks with you for hours and hours.
Fat: 7.2 g (11%)
Carbs: 56.2 g (19%)
Fiber: 9.3 g (37%)
Protein: 5.4 g
Vitamin C: 55%