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Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

It’s rare that I create a recipe and post it within a few hours  That sort of VIP treatment is reserved exclusively for recipes that I absolutely love and want to share with you immediately.  That’s exactly what we have in this Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal!  Inspired by my favorite candle of the moment, Yankee’s Apple Pumpkin, this recipe would make the perfect breakfast tomorrow for all those amped up kiddos out there getting super excited to go trick or treating!  It’s a breakfast you can feel good about feeding your kids on a day otherwise overloaded with sugar.  Not only does it just taste like autumn, this oatmeal is also healthy and will fill them up so they don’t overindulge on Kit Kats, Skittles, M&Ms, candy corn and all their other favorite Halloween treats!  …Heck, who are we kidding?  They’re going to stuff themselves silly on candy anyhow!  But that’s what being a kid is all about.

Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal
Yield:  4 servings
Time:  15 minutes

1 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
1¼ cups water
1½ cups oats (I always use Old Fashioned instead of Quick Oats)
1 apple, cored and diced
¼ cup pumpkin puree
¼ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. brown sugar
¾ tsp. vanilla extract

maple syrup

  1. Combine the apple cider and water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, stir in the oats and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  2. Stir in the diced apple, pumpkin puree, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla.  Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for five minutes.

I like to drizzle my oatmeal with maple syrup and skim milk before serving.  You could also try apple cider instead of milk (which would keep it vegan).  Enjoy!

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