Apple Pie Oatmeal

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!Brisk Autumn mornings and crisp local apples–these are a few of my favorite things!  Ok, so maybe I shouldn’t pursue a career following in the footsteps of Julie Andrews.  Nevertheless, we are still heading into one of my favorite times of the year here in upstate New York.  Autumn.  The nights have already started getting a bit chillier, and I love sitting outside in the evenings watching the sun set.  And waking up on Saturday morning and curling up on the back porch with a blanket and a mug of hot coffee (or Masala Chai) is seriously one of my favorites times of the week!

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!But aside from the weather, we’re in that time of the year where both the summer fruit farms and the apple orchards are open for business.  We took Robbie up to a local blueberry farm north of Saratoga Springs, NY a couple of weeks ago, and he had a blast!  He had his own little bucket, and he picked berries…only to promptly reach in his bucket and pull each berry right back out.  His bucket was empty by the time we were done, but his belly was definitely full!  Not to worry, though.  Laura and I picked a ton of fresh berries to bring home, and we’ve been nibbling on them for breakfast and lunch lately.

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts in the colder months.  Our morning routine is down to a science with Laura getting out the door to drop off Robbie and then get to work.  And then I take care of the dogs and eat a quick breakfast before heading off to work myself.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle it’s easy to forget breakfast…but it really is the most important meal of the day!  This Apple Pie Oatmeal is a breeze to make, and it’s quite fun with all of the toppings on it, too!

In addition to fresh berries and local apples, we really enjoy topping this Apple Pie Oatmeal with a couple of goodnessKNOWS snack squares.  Have you ever tried these snack squares?  They’re delicious!  Laura picked them up for the first time on a work trip last year, and she’s been raving about them ever since!  These snack squares come in a variety of flavors, and each flavor features a combination of different fruits and nuts on top of a layer of dark chocolate.  Each individual two-bite square is approximately 40 calories.  Oh, and all goodnessKNOWS snack squares are gluten-free with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!We keep packs of goodnessKNOWS snack squares around to get through the afternoon slump.  Anyone who has ever chased a toddler around the house in the late afternoon totally understands the need for a snack!  And now we’ve also started adding snack squares to our oatmeal in the morning.  How can you beat starting your morning off with a warming bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal topped with a couple of apple, almond & peanut dark chocolate snack squares?

Not only is this Apple Pie Oatmeal delicious, but it comes together in a flash, too!  While the oatmeal is in the microwave, I chop up an apple and pull out some goodnessKNOWS snack squares from the pantry.  As soon as that microwave beeps, I’ve got those toppings on there, and I’m sitting down to catch the morning news before it’s time to go to work.  What is your morning routine?
Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!

goodnessKNOWS snack squares come in 6 different flavors, all crafted with dark chocolate.  Flavors include:

cranberry & almond
apple, almond & peanut
peach, cherry & almond
blueberry & almond
mixed berry & almond
strawberry & peanut

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 417kcal

Ingredients

For the Oatmeal

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • tsp apple pie spice see note

Toppings

  • 1 green apple sliced
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats lightly toasted
  • 4 goodnessKNOWS snack squares I used apple, almond & peanut flavor

Instructions

For the Oatmeal

  • Using a medium saucepan, add water and milk; bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients (rolled oats, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon); stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and let cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Note: To prepare in the microwave, combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, stirring after each minute. Let stand for 2 minutes before adding toppings.)
  • Divide oatmeal into 2 bowls and top with apples, blueberries, toasted oats and goodnessKNOWS snack squares.

Notes

If you don’t happen to have apple pie spice handy, just use ¾ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp ground cardamom and ¼ tsp allspice.

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Chilly Autumn mornings call for a comforting bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal!

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20 Comments

  1. I love eating oatmeal for breakfast when the weather is cool. I usually eat mine with peanut butter, honey, and raisin. But I love the apples and the blueberries that you have in this recipe and the goodnessKNOWS snack squares sound yummy combined with this oatmeal. I will have to look for them in the store.

    1. Peanut butter with oatmeal, eh? That sounds fun! I don’t think I’ve ever tried that combo…and I’m putting it on my list now! Do give this Apple Pie version a shot sometime, Dawn. It’s loaded with all of those comforting Autumn flavors! 🙂

  2. My morning routine always involves wrestling Cookie into her harness, then eating oatmeal (even when it’s 100 degrees outside). Sadly, I’ve never thought to top my oatmeal with a snack bar. And now I’m like, what have I been doing with my life? Chocolate is the best way to start any day! Have a great weekend, David!

    1. Oh, I am totally getting a mental image of you wrestling Cookie in the morning. Haha! Is this still happening at 5am, or have the blinds solved that problem? Either way, I’m with ya on the oatmeal. I know it’s still warm out there in Phoenix, but you’ve gotta try the flavors in this Apple Pie Oatmeal. And make sure to top it with goodnessKNOWS snack squares, too. Yum!!

  3. Hi David! I am not a breakfast person, never have been. That said, I wouldn’t mind eating this for supper on a chilly night. I like that these snack squares have nothing artificial in them; that is always a factor for me on the occasion I buy snacks. I will be looking for them next time I go to town. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

    1. Oooo…oatmeal for supper? I could actually get on board with that idea! Laura’s not a huge breakfast-for-dinner kinda gal, but I’m going to remember this idea for next time she’s on a work trip. 🙂 And, yes, these snack squares are really quite tasty. Nothing artificial at all! Thanks so much, Dorothy! I hope you guys had a great weekend down there.

  4. It’s getting cooler here too – even my big silver oak has begun shedding like my collie! The perfect time for apple pie (mmmm mmmm mmmm) oatmeal! I have one of those GoodnessKnows Snack bars in my kitchen right now – they sure make for some good snacking though I don’t think I’ve added them to my oatmeal – and speaking of things I haven’t done – I don’t think I’ve ever cooked rolled oats in the microwave! Dude – thank you! Hope all of y’all in the Spiced clan have a wonderful weekend!!! 🙂

    1. No way! It’s getting cooler in Atlanta already? Wait. I guess cooler is relative, huh? Haha! Either way, this apple pie oatmeal is perfect for the season! And don’t you love these goodnessKNOWS snack squares? We snack on ’em in the late afternoon (sometimes Robbie steals one of our squares), but adding them to oatmeal was a fun twist for the morning! We did indeed have a great weekend up here, and I hope you did, too, Shashi!! Happy Monday!

  5. What? Apple recipe in August? David, we’re not friends anymore. I’m still enjoying watermelons and stone fruit, and I hope I can eat them all. But I’ve already had some apple ideas for the apple season I’m opening in a few weeks. Not to mention figs (I hope you find some this year haha). Anyway, even though it’s a little too earlier for autumn food (Indeed, September-mid of October is one of my favorite seasons), this apple pie oatmeal looks great, David. I might forgive you if you send me some:) And you should definitely take Robbie to a blackberry farm since these are his favorite berries.

    1. I know, I know. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and posting an apple recipe before September. Will you cut me a break this time? 🙂 I mean the recipe really is delicious, so I just couldn’t wait til September! And we took Robbie back to the blueberry farm this weekend for the last of the summer blueberries. I’ll have to see if we have a blackberry farm in the area for next summer…there has to be one here somewhere! Thanks so much, Ben, and I hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Oh I totally agree, Kathy! These cooler nights lately have been amazing. We’ve been sleeping with the windows open, and it’s so peaceful! And then we wake up to oatmeal and coffee on the back porch. 🙂 Thanks so much, and I hope you had an awesome weekend!

  6. My morning routine is pretty much grab a smoothie and coffee and out the door during the week, but on the weekend I have a little more time to chill and make something more substantial. This looks like a pretty yummy way to start the day and we actually have an apple tree that has a bunch of apples on it this year. Fingers crossed that I’ll actually get to eat some before some critter does, lol. Hope you have an awesome week, David!

    1. Weekend mornings in the Fall really are the best! Wow, I’m jealous about your apple tree. We have 2 in our backyard, but we only got a couple medium-sized apples this year. I think the squirrels love that we have those trees out back. Haha! Thanks so much, Dawn, and right back at ya on the great week ahead! 🙂

  7. I do love oatmeal with apples! And even though it’s still technically summer, the light and trees have started to say “Fall is coming!” So I’m all in for this yummy breakfast! I usually add cinnamon and brown sugar, along with some raisins! I may have to try the extra texture of apples and granola bars!

    1. I hear ya, Laura! It’s still “officially” summer, but it feels a whole lot like Fall out there. Pretty soon the leaves will start changing, and we’ll be right in the middle of my favorite season! 🙂 Oatmeal is a favorite around here on chilly mornings, and the addition of fresh, crunchy apples and these snack squares is really quite awesome. Give it a shot! Thanks so much, my friend!

  8. The apple season is almost here and I am loving it!! Love apple pies, apple crumbles and apple cakes! Something so comforting about apple and cinnamon in fall! This oatmeal recipe sounds lovely..adding the goodnessKNOWS snack squares is a great idea too! That would just make this bowl of apple blueberry oatmeal perfect!

    1. Oh, I totally agree with you about apple season, Deepika! They’ve already started opening the orchards for early season varieties, but we’re holding out for the Honeycrisps! Do you have honeycrisps over there in India? They’re worth hunting for ’em…trust me! 🙂

      So this apple pie oatmeal is so delicious. Perfect for chilly Fall mornings! And the snack squares on top are a fun addition, too. Thanks so much, my friend!

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