There’s almost nothing more comforting than enjoying a warm, cozy bowl of oatmeal on a chilly fall morning.
Traditional oatmeal, while delicious on its own, can be a little boring. Today we’re jazzing up this breakfast staple and transforming it into a dessert-inspired, nutritious morning meal.
Combining the wonderful flavors of apple pie with the hearty, fill-you-up nature of oats, makes this a perfect way to start your day. The warm aromas of cinnamon and apple will make you instantly dream of autumn, but in a completely guilt-free way. And since when was enjoying dessert for breakfast a bad thing?
To make this dreamy oatmeal, I used the KitchenAid® 4-Quart Multi-Cooker, which is the perfect tool for getting that gorgeous, creamy texture. And when you use the KitchenAid® Stir Tower like we did here, it makes the whole thing virtually hands-free! Which means you can spend less time at the stove worrying about preparing the perfect bowl of oatmeal and more time getting yourself ready for the day!
This recipe starts with fresh apples. You can use any variety that you’d like – I went with one Macintosh and one Honeycrisp – just choose the ones you and your family enjoy most.
From there, we simply peel, core and slice the apples into bite-sized pieces.
After you have the apples prepared, turn your Multi-Cooker on and choose the Sauté setting.
Add the coconut oil and allow it to heat in the Multi-Cooker. Once heated, add the apples, half of the sugar and some of the cinnamon. Then turn the KitchenAid® Stir Tower on low, cover and cook the apples for 5 minutes.
After the apples have cooked for 5 minutes, turn the Stir Tower off and scoop out 1/4 cup of the apple mixture. Set this aside (we’re going to use it for a garnish).
Turn the Multi-Cooker to Boil and add the water and non-dairy milk.
Bring this mixture to a boil and add the oats and applesauce, along with the remaining cinnamon and brown sugar. Turn the Stir Tower back on low, cover the Multi-Cooker and cook for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove the lid and check the consistency of the oatmeal. If the water has been absorbed, turn the stir tower off and serve. If not, let it cook for another few minutes until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Transfer the oatmeal to small bowls. Top with reserved apples, a sprinkle of cinnamon and additional brown sugar if desired. Also, feel free to add a touch of non-dairy milk on top if that’s your style.
Vegan Apple Pie Oatmeal
Makes 4 servings
2 medium apples, peeled + chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup non-dairy milk + more for topping (optional)
1/2 cup applesauce (and variety)
2 cups rolled oats
Peel, core and dice the apples.
Turn KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker on to the Sauté setting. Add coconut oil and once the Multi-Cooker is preheated, add the apples, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Turn the KitchenAid® Stir Tower on low, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, turn the Stir Tower off and remove 1/4 cup of the apple mixture.
Turn Multi-Cooker to Boil and add the water and non-dairy milk, bringing this mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, add oats, applesauce, and remaining cinnamon and sugar. Turn the KitchenAid® Stir Tower back on low, cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed.
Once cooked, serve oatmeal in small bowls. Top each with a bit of the apple mixture, a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar (optional) and a drizzle of milk if you desire.
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*