Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Oatmeal

 

Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Oatmeal

There's nothing quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold fall or winter morning, right? While quick-cooking oats are convenient because they cook in less than 5 minutes, the texture of steel-cut oats is just so much better. (Plus, as long as you remember to soak them the night before, these oats can be ready in just 15 minutes.) I love the classic combination of apples and cinnamon, and adding the walnuts brings in some crunchiness and heart-healthy fats. Throw in some maple syrup, and this is a health yet indulgent breakfast.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Allergens: Tree Nuts
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond or soy milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup red apple (unpeeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

Instructions

  1. The night before making the oatmeal, place the steel-cut oats in a small bowl and add water over the top to soak, then let it soak overnight in the refrigerator.

  2. Pour the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat, then let it warm through and simmer for 1 minute.

  3. Drain the oats and add to the milk in the pan.

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes on low, stirring occasionally. If you like your oatmeal thicker and dryer, cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  5. Take the pan off the heat and stir in maple syrup, chopped apples, cinnamon, and walnuts, mixing well, then cover it with a lid.

  6. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so all of the flavors come together and the apples soften slightly, then serve.

Bon appétit!