NanaBread’s Caramel Apple Oatmeal

This morning, as I zombie-stumbled to my coffee pot, I noticed 3 wrinkling apples in my fruit bowl. After I had my coffee firmly planted in my cup which was glued to my hand, I went back to take a closer look. You know that stage when apples have been sitting around a few days too long? When their skins become a little wrinkly and they start to feel slightly rubbery to the touch? Well, my three aging apples were staring me down this morning, daring me to do something. Choices: throw them in the trash or cut them up and see what happens. Since I hate to waste anything, I decided to peel and chop them and turn them into a lovely breakfast of caramel apple oatmeal. Have I ever cooked or eaten caramel apple oatmeal before? Nope. But that didn’t stop me.

To make this, you will need:

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
½ cup of brown sugar, packed
2 ½ to 3 cups of peeled, diced apples (I used Gala)

1 cup of water
1 cup of milk
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of extra-thick rolled oats

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar starts to melt and the mixture starts to bubble a little. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. When the apples turn a nice opaque brown and the caramel sauce is bubbling and starting to thicken, they’re done. Pour the apples into a heat-proof bowl and set aside.

In the same saucepan (don’t rinse it out), heat the water, milk and salt until it starts to bubble gently. Add the oats, give them a good stir, and place a lid on the pan. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, or until most of the moisture is absorbed. When it’s done, give it another good stir for good measure. Now grab your apples. Set aside a few spoonfuls for garnish, then pour the apples and caramel syrup into the pan of oatmeal. Stir until well combined. Spoon into serving bowls and top with the reserved apples. This smells SO good!

If you like your oatmeal slightly sweetened, eat it as is. The sweetness of the apples and caramel syrup pair beautifully with creamy oatmeal. If you like oatmeal on the sweet side, add a drizzle of maple syrup. And that’s all there is to creamy caramel goodness in a bowl. What a great way to start your day!

Note: if you are using quick cooking oats, please follow the cooking times listed on your package. Times listed above are for old-fashioned extra-thick rolled oats. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. Bob’s Red Mill oats also make the best oatmeal cookies. (See Monday’s post for my Cinnamon Oatmeal cookie recipe.) Warm, chewy cinnamon oatmeal goodness. Judge for yourself!



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10 responses to “NanaBread’s Caramel Apple Oatmeal

  1. This sounds good! Do you think I could put ice cream on top and have it count as dinner/dessert?

    • Yes.
      Actually, the caramel apple sauce portion of this recipe would be great over ice cream or pancakes. And I love pancakes for dinner. I think you’re on to something here.

  2. I make apple oatmeal all the time but the question is: How the hell did I not think to add caramel!? Thank you so much for this :)

  3. Sounds yummy–and I think I have some apples in that I-need-to-be-eaten-soon state. Perfect timing! But I am thinking dinner as well.

    • I say “go for it.” I love breakfast for dinner. And this freezes well in individual containers, so if it makes too much for dinner, you can put some away for a quick breakfast later. Bonus!

  4. My boys thank you for this–they are actually getting tired of bananas foster oats. They love the caramel part, but then I have to get pesky and put the fruit in there, too. I’ll have to change it up a bit with the apples instead of bananas.

    The topping would be fab over cheesecake in the fall. Just a thought…

    • You know, this would also work really well with peaches – fresh or frozen. Try it with chopped apples or peaches and let me know what your boys think of that. Personally, I think everything is better smothered in either chocolate or caramel….or both. And you’re right on the money with the fall cheesecake topper. Brilliant!

  5. Kat

    Oh, glory. I think we might be making the same kind of oatmeal, lady! That stuff is absolutely unholy in my opinion :) I think serving it in that sort of ramekin-arrangement could really make my day though.

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