Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal


Oatmeal ranks up there as a personal Liv Life favorite.  Be it for breakfast, dinner, or a quick afternoon snack, oatmeal's heartiness leaves me satiated, and it's nutty flavor brings a blank slate just waiting to be adorned.

I can't say the same for Liv though... while she is a fan of oatmeal, it doesn't reach a "favorite" in her ranking.  However, with the proper topping, I can move that ranking pretty darn high.

Topping oatmeal with blueberries and bananas is always a sure hit in her book, but frankly she'd prefer an old favorite - oatmeal with rainbow sprinkles.  As I'm not making rainbow sprinkles a "nutritious part of her everyday breakfast", her next request (months ago) was Cinnamon Apple.


Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
I'd like to say I jumped right on that request, but alas, it went in one ear and out the other.  But thankfully my blogger friends have my back.

This month's Blogger C.L.U.E challenge of "Fall Fruits" sent me searching A Palatable Pastime's index for apples, pears and pumpkins.  And behold... the first thing that jumped out has put me back on the Best Mommy Ever path.

Sue's recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is just what my girl-child ordered, and she loved it so much she actually had not one, but two bowls on Labor Day morning.

See?  My blogger friends have me covered, and Sue is simply amazing.  With over 40 years of cooking experience, her specialties lie with heartland and southern cooking.  She's won numerous recipe contests (understandably!), but what caught my eye was a feature on Debbie Field's e-zine.  How cool is that?  (I've had a little crush on Debbie ever since I tried her White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies when I was in college).

In any case, thank you Sue for making me a Super Mommy  in Liv's eyes again.  Your Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal recipe is so much better than anything out of a package and perfect for quick early morning breakfasts.  Liv sends her Apple Cinnamon love!


Don't forget to check out what the rest of the group made for the Fall Fruits Challenge!  
   
   


  • Kate from Kate's Kitchen
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  • Christiane from Taking on Magazines
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  • Heather from girlichef
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  • Stacy from Food Lust People Love
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  • Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
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  • Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
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  • Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
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  • Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
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  • Anna from annaDishes
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  • Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
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  • Debra from Eliot's Eats
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  • Lora from Cake Duchess
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  • Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
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  • Rebekah from Making Miracles
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  • Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
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  • Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
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  • Sue from A Palatable Pastime


  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal


    Cinnamon Apple Power Oatmeal
    Boasting 4 grams of fiber (about half insoluble and half soluble) and 6 grams of protein per cup of cooked oatmeal, oatmeal brings a good start to your day.  But... I've been told oatmeal is boring.  Not any more!  Stir in a heaping spoonful of this aromatic Cinnamon Apple topping and you'll draw sleepy kids from their beds on the smell alone.
    Whether it's plain oatmeal, steel cut our our favorite power version, apples and spice will perk up your bowl.
    Recipe courtesy of Sue of A Palatable Pastime
    See Sue's recipe for info on the best types of apple to use!


    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
    1 medium Red Delicious or MacIntosh apple, peeled, cored and chopped
    1 medium Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
    2 Tbs butter (we used Earth Balance Butter Alternative - dairy-free)
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I used a generous 1/2 tsp!)
    1/2 cup fresh apple cider or apple juice
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    prepared oatmeal (we used our Ancient Power Oatemal version)
    Additional toppings - raisins, chopped walnuts and milk (we use almond milk)

    Saute apples in a medium skillet with the butter until the red apple begins to break down.  Stir in the cinnamon, cider (or juice) and brown sugar.  Continue to cook until all apples are tender and the mixture is a chunky sauce.

    Server over or stir into oatmeal of your choice.


    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

    Liv Life Note:  Liv gives Sue's recipe 2 thumbs up (she said she'd give it 3 if she had three thumbs!)  I, however don't use much sugar in my diet and made an alternate version with apples, water, 1 Tbs butter (Earth Balance), cinnamon and 2 Tbs maple syrup.  Liv says my version need Sue's magic, but for a lower sugar version I very much enjoyed it!

    19 comments:

    1. I'm a huge fan of oatmeal and I think this sounds delicious. Great choice for our fall fruit event.

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      1. It was completely delicious!! Definitely a keeper... Sue knows her apples!

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    2. Oh, yeah, I can see starting MY day with this delicious oatmeal, too! Something about apples and cinnamon makes everything better :) Hope your pup is feeling better today. xoxo

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      1. We did start it with this oatmeal!! Liv went to school a happy girl.
        Cautiously optimistic about the puppy... he's eating for the first time in days. Fingers crossed!

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    3. This sounds like a WONDERFUL way to start the day!

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    4. You could feel pretty good shipping the kids off to school with this in their bellies.

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      1. Yep!! It's a good way tot start the day. :)

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    5. Looks like a great breakfast - my secret is I love Oatmeal in the wintertime before bed so sometimes I have it for supper and sometimes I sneak it in as a snack! :)

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      1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has oatmeal for dinner!

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    6. I eat oatmeal almost everyday for breakfast and mine certainly doesn't look as DIVINE as yours! I will be making this for sure. Nice choice!

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      1. It was wonderful!! And Liv always enjoys eating my photo food... she says she doesn't understand why we don't have all of our food styled so nicely! ;)

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    7. Wow....oatmeal instead of pancakes? I'm impressed super-mom! Those bowls do look amazing, that's for sure.

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      1. A bit of a tough sell... but the apples turned her head!

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    8. This is an oatmeal I would love to have to start my day. It's so lovely for fall and cooler temps. I had so much fun exploring your blog this month, Kim!!

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      1. Thanks Lora!! I feel so lucky to have met you... one of these days I'm really going to pass through Florida and meet you in person!

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    9. Oatmeal is also a tough sell for me but this sounds so good and dessert'y! Come to think of it, maybe my babies would like it too :)

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    10. Oatmeal is always easier for me in the winter to sell to The Hubs. I love over night oatmeal and wonder if you could adapt this. That apple mixture would be great on a number of different things, though!

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    11. I've been craving oatmeal lately, too. And now that a cold front has come through, it's almost that time of year again.

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