I came back from a 3-day folk music and dance festival last night. It was really great, but dancing for 5-6 hours/day can really work up an appetite. During my return carpool, my fellow travelers and I started to talk about oatmeal. And this morning, surprise surprise, I was really craving a nice hot bowl. However, my fridge is missing several important items, like fresh/frozen berries and almond milk (my milk-like beverage of choice this month), that I usually use to make my oatmeal taste less like, well, just plain oats. So I scrounged a little and turned up a jar of applesauce and a bag of craisins (both items I try to keep in my pantry). I thought, well, if cran-apple juice is delicious, maybe cran-apple oatmeal won’t be so bad. I made a good decision, cran-apple oatmeal might be a new favorite.
Time to prepare (if oatmeal is already cooked): 5 minutes
Time to prepare if you have to cook the oatmeal: about 30 minutes
- 1 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal (I prefer steal-cut oats because they have a firmer texture, but any type will probably work)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/8 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
- Put oatmeal in a bowl
- Add brown sugar. I find that adding the sugar before the other ingredients helps the sugar to spread more evenly over the oatmeal.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Stir mixture.
- Adjust cran/apple/sugar ratio to desired taste.
A note on oatmeal: Believe it or not, cooked steel-cut oatmeal reheats really nicely in the microwave. I like to make a big pot on the weekends (about 2 cups of uncooked oats) and then store the oatmeal in a Tupperware in the fridge. On a Wednesday morning when I’m already feeling pretty down about the day, I scoop some oatmeal into a microwave safe bowl, heat it for 2 minutes, add some milk-like beverage, sugar, and fruit, and voilà, instant satisfaction. You’ll (probably) never go back to instant.