Simple, 20-minute, 7-ingredient Spiced Apple Pie Oatmeal is infused with pumpkin, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and a baked apple pecan topping!
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We've definitely been in a breakfast rut around our house lately.
As I knew would happen, my "new-school-year" energy is waning and in lieu a freezer stocked to the brim with Cherry + Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups, Grab n' Go Smoothies, and Healthy Breakfast Popsicles I've got, well... NOTHING.
This past week's breakfasts have been all about this Spiced Apple Pie Oatmeal. Every. Single Morning. And not just for me. Around my house, everybody's dining on this Spiced Apple Pie Oatmeal. Surprisingly, not one complaint.
In a nutshell, I have a super fast, Fall inspired breakfast that everyone in your family is going to love! Remind me again why being stuck in a rut is a bad thing?
I am so incredibly smitten with salted pumpkin spiced syrup (exhibit A, exhibit B). In case you haven't been following along, this is the third recipe in a series of 3 that show you how to use this stuff to whip up super simple Fall-esque goodies (aka.. latte's, muffins and baked goods) FAST. You can also check out my FB Live where I make the syrup and ALL 3 recipes on the Simply Sissom FB Page.
NOTE: You can get the recipe for the syrup and details for all 3 recipes by clicking HERE or on the image below.
But today... today we focus on this Spiced Apple Pie Oatmeal.
I love, love, love this stuff. It's thick, creamy, warm and full of pumpkin-apple flavor. In addition to the baked cinnamon apples, I usually top mine with a few toasted pecans which I highly recommend. I a pinch you can use whatever nuts you have available instead. Just one serving keeps me full for hours and with plenty of fiber and protein. It's a breakfast that takes little to no time to prepare, but that I can feel good about feeding the kids. For Joe, I often add a dollop of almond butter for extra protein... there's no right or wrong.
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: In order for this oatmeal to come together quickly you should have the baked apples prepped and ready to go. They will store in an airtight bag or container for up to 3 days in the fridge. You can warm them before popping them onto the oatmeal or just eat them cold.
Make Ahead: You can definitely make the oatmeal the night before (even assemble the entire bowl). Just make sure to add a little bit of milk before microwaving in the morning. This will help it from thickening up too much.
Freezer. The actual oatmeal can not be frozen, but the apples can. Just cook them according to recipe instructions and then allow them to cool. Place cooled apples into an airtight and freezer-safe bag or freezer jar. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place frozen apples in the fridge overnight.
Spiced Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- 2 red apples
- 1 tsp orange juice
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gf- if gluten free)
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 2 Tbs salted pumpkin pie syrup
- ¼ cup pecans (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss apples with orange juice, honey and cinnamon (you can do this on the baking sheet). Toss to coat and spread into a single layer. Bake apples for 5 minutes then use the parchment paper to create a "pocket" to trap in moisture. Cook 10-15 minutes more until soft. Set aside.
- In a small pot over medium-high heat, add oats, salt, water and milk. Stir frequently. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until thick and creamy. Add the salted pumpkin spice syrup. Stir until combined. Remove from heat. If mixture becomes to thick, add additional milk.
- Arrange ½ of the oatmeal in each of 2 bowls. Top with baked apples and pecans (if desired).
- Since I am making breakfast for 4 people, it is faster for me to just make a large batch of oatmeal on the stove for all of us. If you are cooking for 1 (or even 2), you could definitely use instant oatmeal packets and just stir in the desired amount of salted pumpkin spice syrup. You would then just top your oatmeal with the baked apples.
- Make sure to slice your apples very thin. They will bake faster this way.
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