AUTUMN FRUIT & NUT OATMEAL

Since day one, oatmeal has been a favourite budget ingredient. Oatmeal is super cheap and easily stored in the fridge. It can also be used in sweet and savoury recipes. Warm oatmeal bowls are the best way to feel cozy. This Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal was the first oatmeal I ever made back when I was broke and knew I needed something to fill my stomach. You can either make just one serving or make two. Then, microwave the other half and enjoy your morning breakfast. Enjoy!

What kind of OATS IS BEST?

Old-fashioned rolled oatmeal is my favourite type of oats for classic oatmeal bowls. They cook quickly, taking only 5 minutes. If you need to use quick oats, you can but will need to adjust the cooking times according to the instructions on the package. The texture won’t be quite as good. Steel-cut oats can be made similar to the above, but they require more liquid and a longer cooking time. Adjust as necessary.

SWEETEN TO YOUR LIKING

To sweeten my Autumn Fruit & Nut Oatmeal, I used a few tablespoons of maple syrup. The maple flavour is what gives it its autumn feel. However, real maple syrup is expensive, so you can use brown sugar to reduce the cost of this bowl. Brown sugar is still a great choice for all the flavours, and it’s also much cheaper. You can substitute any sweetener you like, but keep in mind the differences in flavour from maple syrup.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS FROM AUTUMN FRUIT OR NUT OATMEAL

This batch makes two servings. I recommend refrigerating it before adding the remaining apples and walnuts. After reheating, add them. You can microwave the oatmeal for about 1-2 minutes. Add splash water to loosen it as you stir. After the oatmeal has been reheated, add the walnuts and apples to it.

CAN A MICROWAVE BE USED?

This can be made in the microwave. One serving is enough. (See the halfway point below). Add the butter, apples, cinnamon, cloves and salt to a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on high, stir and then microwave in 30-second intervals to thicken. Maple syrup can be used to sweeten the mixture.

AUTUMN FRUIT & NUT OATMEAL

This Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal has all the fall flavours in one bowl. It’s sweet, crunchy, warm and cozy!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: Each 1.5 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 apple (0.41)
  • 1 tablespoon butter ($0.04)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.05).
  • Optional: 1 pinch cloves ($0.01)
  • 2 cups of water ($0.00
  • 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oatmeal ($0.18)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries ($0.22)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts ($0.30).
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup ($0.60).

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut the apple into pieces about 1/2-inch in size. Combine the butter, cinnamon, cloves, and 3/4 of the apple pieces in a small saucepan. Sauté the apple pieces on medium heat for about a minute or until they soften.
  • Add the water to a pot. Cover the pot with a lid and heat on medium-high. Let the water boil for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the oats and dried cranberries once the water has boiled. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the oatmeal for 5 minutes or until it becomes thickened.
  • Stir in the maple syrup and chopped walnuts once the oatmeal has thickened. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste. Add the remaining chopped apples. Serve immediately

 

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