Apple Pie Oatmeal

Is oatmeal nutritious and filling? Yes. Can it be boring and sad? Absolutely. This oatmeal recipe is my never-fail lunch. With apples, oatmeal, cinnamon, and peanut butter, it is, as my grandpa would say, a stick to your ribs kind of meal.

This recipe is flavorful, sweet, and nutty- without any added sugar. Cutting up the apples into small pieces and cooking them with the oatmeal helps them soften up and start to resemble apple pie filling. Other possible variations of this recipe including adding a scoop of Greek yogurt for creaminess or adding a chopped up banana for even more fiber.

This recipe is simple, quick, and easy- yet it feels like a more special lunch choice than just an ordinary sandwich. It also makes a terrific breakfast if you’re low on time in the morning. Either way, it will fuel you to conquer the day!

Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 granny smith apple- cut up into small pieces- 1/2 an inch.

2 tbs natural peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice)

1/2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 spoonful vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)

1 banana, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. Add 1/2 cup oatmeal to a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 cup of water. (I like my oatmeal very thick, so I add a little bit less water.)
  2. Top evenly with chopped apple. Sprinkle cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top. Drizzle vanilla on top.
  3. Cook for three minutes in the microwave.
  4. Top with peanut butter. Mix to combine. Top with banana and Greek yogurt if desired. Enjoy!

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