Apple pie oatmeal with baked apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon is the perfect healthy and hearty fall breakfast!
So…it’s been raining for 119 days straight. Give or take 110 days. During my first few runs of rain-pocalypse 2k15, I attempted to gracefully (ha) leap over every puddle…but quickly realized that running while staring at the ground is actually quite dizzying. So, sloshing through puddles it is.
During the first few days of the rain-imposed hair nightmare, I also tried to wear my hair down like I always do, and it’s probably not hard to guess how that turned out. The worst nightmare was the warm, sticky, muggy, wet day I forgot to bring a ponytail holder. Humidity + my hair = no bueno.
I do feel really fortunate, however, that the worst of my problems are puddle-filled runs and bad hair days, and my thoughts are with those being affected seriously by Hurricane Joaquin. For now, I’m going to make the best of this rainy weather here in North Carolina (and the cold front starting to come in!) to enjoy some cozy fall comfort food.
I’ve been craving my favorite sweet potato, lentil, and black bean vegetarian chili since my sister mentioned it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been swooning over all of the yummy slow-cooker soups and chilis I’ve been spotting on Pinterest. I actually just ordered this slow-cooker for my dorm room and it’ll be here in a few days, so expect some of those recipes to be coming your way this fall!
My recent favorite comfort food creation, though, was this super easy apple pie oatmeal. After a chilly, soaking wet run, nothing sounded better than a hot bowl of oats with apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon (except maybe a cinnamon roll, or you know, some actual apple pie, but we’re trying to make healthy choices here ?).
This apple pie oatmeal is made in the microwave (college girl approved!) and from start to finish, it takes less than 5 minutes. It’s the perfect easy and hearty dorm room breakfast.
Just combine your quick-cooking oats, water, chopped & peeled apple (I prefer Granny Smith for this!), raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl, pop it in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, and voila! Your hearty fall breakfast is ready to go. When it’s done cooking, you can add some maple syrup or honey if you’d like, although I prefer mine unsweetened, and a splash of almond milk for some creaminess, which I love. Hope you enjoy!
Apple Pie Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking (not instant) oats
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 small apple, peeled and chopped (I like using Granny Smith for its tartness)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
- 2 teaspoons raisins or chopped Deglet Noor dates
- 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, optional
- Almond milk to stir in after cooking, optional
- Add quick-cooking oats, water, peeled apple, cinnamon, raisins or dates, and walnuts to a medium or large microwave-safe glass bowl.
- Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes or until oats and apples are cooked.
- Optional: top with honey or maple syrup to sweeten and almond milk to achieve desired consistency.
Also, can we talk about how excited I am that it’s finally apple season?! What’s your favorite type of apple? I love them all, but I’m especially pumped about the return of galas, pink ladies, and honey crisps.