What’s your favorite comfort food? One of mine happens to be apple-cinnamon oatmeal with cranberries. I know, you are thinking BORING, but I could eat this every morning. It’s warm, creamy and the smell of cooked apples and cinnamon in the morning makes me enjoy my breakfast even more. Today, I actually had oatmeal of dinner.
Just imagine a cold winter day having a bowl of hot oatmeal with cinnamon and nutmeg that is full of apples and tart cranberries, and then to make it even better, top off your oatmeal with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a splash of hot milk for some extra sweetness and creaminess. Hey this is a serious bowl of oatmeal, you know the kind that keeps you full all morning and sticks to your ribs.
Oatmeal is really easy to prepare. I use the Old-Fashion type because I like the texture. The key to making creamy oatmeal is using half water and half milk and as it gets thick make sure to stir. Adding the oatmeal to cold liquid gives a creamery texture over adding the oatmeal to hot liquid that results in a chewier oatmeal. Who new?
Enough said, this really is fast and easy. Normally, I buy fresh cranberries and freeze them, but right now there are no fresh ones to be found. On my quest to find this little red berry I decided to try the freezer section in the store and SURPRISE, I found these frozen Cape Cod cranberries.
If you are in a hurry in the morning and want a quick breakfast, just peel and dice an apple the night before and put it in the fridge, then put the oatmeal and spices in a pot. All you have to do in the morning is add the liquid and cranberries to the oatmeal and turn the heat on the stove. Don’t forget to stir, and 10 minutes later you have breakfast.
Here is an oatmeal tip – If your oatmeal gets too thick add some extra water to the pan because adding too much extra milk will make the oatmeal gummy, and that is not what you want.
- 1 cup Old Fashion Oats
- 1 cups water
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tbls. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- Half a chopped apple
- ⅓ - ½ cup whole cranberries fresh or frozen
- Peel and dice the apple.
- In a saucepan add the water, milk, oatmeal, diced apple, and spices.
- Over medium heat bring to a boil.
- Add the cranberries and stir.
- Lower the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the oatmeal is thick and creamy and the apples are cooked.
- If the oatmeal gets too thick add a little water to the pot.
- When done, pour into bowls and top with a splash of milk and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
I am a firm believer in eating breakfast in the morning so try to find something totally delicious and easy to prepare. Another reason to eat breakfast is you can eat some great food.