Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal (with apples)


Apparently I made my pumpkin recipe round-up post a little too early because I'm not done with that lovely stuff yet. 

A while back one of my friends sent me an email suggesting I try to make a pumpkin oatmeal with apples. I've been waiting for it to be Fall so I could try it out. And I'm happy to tell y'all that it turned out much better than my pretzel and beer cheese sauce attempts. Which is fantastic because if I had another epic fail, I might cry. 

On a happier note, I've become a huge fan of steel-cut oats this year. They create creamier and non-gelatinous oatmeal; making me a oatmeal eater for the first time in my life. Also, you can make a big batch of oatmeal on Sunday and reheat it in single servings all week to help save time on those busy mornings when you want something more filling than cold cereal.   

I've heard you can make it in a crockpot but I've also heard that it sticks like crazy and is a royal pain to try and clean up later. For me, I would rather mix up my batch of oatmeal while dinner is cooking than attempt the overnight crockpot version. I don't like dishes. 


Start by melting butter in the bottom of a large pan. Add oats. 


Then add chopped apples. You can use whatever kind of apples you've got on hand. 


Add apple juice (or water), milk, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar or maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. 

Bring to a low boil, turn heat down to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes or until the oats are tender. 



My big girl loves having oatmeal for breakfast and gets so pumped when I tell her that I made pumpkin oatmeal for her. :)

It's like a healthy version of pumpkin pie for breakfast. 

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Pumpkin Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Serves 6 

2 tbsp. butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
2 medium apples, chopped
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup)
1 cup apple juice (or water)
2 cups milk
3/4 cup pumpkin 
pinch of salt

In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add oats and apples. Cook, stirring constantly, for about five minutes to soften apples. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until the oats are tender. Serve and enjoy

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