Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal From the Microwave, Without the Instant

22 Sep

I can’t stand instant oatmeal.

There. I said it. We’re all supposed to eat oatmeal because of its amazing nutritional benefits, and I cannot tolerate that stuff that comes in the packets, ready for Your Own Boiling Water and a stir.

For starters, it’s mega sweet. Way too sweet (which makes me wonder about the aforementioned nutritional benefits, but I digress…) for me first thing in the morning.

For another thing, the texture is gross. No other way to say it. It reminds me of something someone’s already eaten, if we’re all being honest.

And third, it’s expensive! Figure out the per-packet cost and factor in the number of packets you’d eat (be honest–nobody but nobody eats just one) and you’ll be amazed how much you just spent for a breakfast whose flavor and benefits are negligible.

I am typing this while eating a bowl of oatmeal. It tastes like apple and cinnamon. It has no artificial anything in it. It requires chewing and has some heft to it, which is a huge plus. It’s healthy as all heck. And it took me two minutes and thirty seconds to make and dirtied exactly one bowl and one spoon.

Sound good? I thought you’d like it. It’s a great way to start your day and the perfect hot, nutritious way to kick off your kids’ school mornings. You can personalize this a trillion ways. Add fruit–frozen blueberries work wonderfully, as do banana slices or apple chunks. Stir in a spoon of peanut butter or Nutella. Play with spices–add some nutmeg or cloves, replace the brown sugar with Splenda or honey. Mess with it. You cannot screw this up. And rarely has their been a healthier, better, faster breakfast.

Those snack-packs of applesauce are the perfect size for this, and their plastic containers make great measuring cups for the oatmeal once you dump the sauce into your bowl. Big jars of applesauce are good too, of course. 🙂

Give this a shot. I bet you’ll love it. To make the world’s easiest microwave oatmeal, you’ll need:

1/2 cup applesauce (a snack pack is this size)

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)

A sprinkle of cinnamon

1/2 tsp brown sugar (or honey or whatever sweetener you like)

About a quarter-cup of milk, to taste

Add ins: blueberries, banana, apple, raisins, Craisins, peanut butter, etc.

In a cereal bowl, stir together oatmeal, applesauce, sweetener, and dry spices. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Let sit about 30 seconds (or longer–you really can’t mess this up!). Stir in fruit, peanut butter, or other add-ins, and then milk to your desired level of creaminess. Enjoy. And then donate all those awful packets to a nonprofit. You don’t need them anymore.

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3 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal From the Microwave, Without the Instant”

  1. Ali September 22, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Great idea – the applesauce is a nice way to get more texture/flavor. Thanks!!

  2. Aviva Goldfarb September 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Kim, you even make oatmeal sound good, and I’m not a big fan either. I’ll have to give your version a try!

  3. Mary September 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    sounds deeelish…I will have to give it a try. My kids LOVE oatmeal(the yucky packaged kind)but this sounds much better!

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