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Start your morning off right with this healthy apple pie oatmeal recipe!
Few things are as American as apple pie. Except maybe…. oatmeal.
Healthy eaters have all seen our share of oatmeal in the mornings. Maybe even at other times during the day as well. I mean, let’s face it. It’s a quick and healthy dish that travels well. You can’t beat it. Sweet or savory, oatmeal is awesome stuff.
The term “good for you” is just as subjective as the term “healthy“. These terms mean different things to different people.
However, if you eat grains as a healthy part of your eating plan, then absolutely, yes! Eating oatmeal is good for you!
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.Healthline.com
Is It Okay To Eat Oatmeal Everyday?
Absolutely! As with most things, portion control is key. But oatmeal is a great source of fiber, which is something we all need more of.
Why Is Oatmeal Bad For You?
This is a question that gets asked in certain circles. And the answer is, it’s not.
That is, unless you eat low carb.
One study done on 12 young boys (a very small study, indeed!) showed that oatmeal may spike blood sugar. But this is in direction opposition to the majority of other studies done on oats.
In fact, oats are considered a low glycemic grain, coming in at a 55 on the glycemic index. A scale that considers low glycemic foods to measure between 1 and 55. So while it’s high up in the range, it’s still considered a low glycemic food.
While some folks may not be able to tolerate it, most should do just fine with oats. Keep in mind, what you add to them can change things a bit.
Can You Eat Too Much Oatmeal?
Yes. But that should be a a surprise.
Any food eaten in excess will be too much, no matter how healthy it is.
Excess consumption of oats can cause some belly bloat in some people as well as weight gain.
But that is usually associated with the addition caloric consumption.
Can Oatmeal Make You Gain Weight?
Absolutely, if you eat too much of it.
What you add to it can also make a big difference.
How Do You Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal From Scratch?
Oatmeal is really easy in this way. Simply add what you want to add and cook according to pacakge directions.
In most cases for traditional oats, the ration will be 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid. What you add for flavoring after that doesn’t affect anything much unless you are adding more liquid.
Liquid For Oats
- Water – Water is what is called for on oatmeal packages. It will give you a non-mushy oatmeal that leaves the individual oats a bit more separated.
- Milk – You can use equal amounts of milk in place of water to cook your oatmeal. But the finished oats will be thicker and more porridge-like.
- Juice – This will give you an oatmeal texture that is similar to water, but is much sweeter, making it less necessary to add any sweetener to your finished oatmeal.
- Non-dairy milk – Non-dairy milk will give you varying textures in your finished oats, depending on the milk used. Thicker milks such as cashew or coconut milk will give you a thicker oatmeal like you would get from using milk. Thinner milks like almond milk would give you something more similar to using water with only a slight variance.
What Can I Add To Oatmeal?
Oatmeal toppings are pretty endless. But here are a few ideas.
Sweet Oatmeal Toppings
- Fresh fruit
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
- Nuts of any kind
- Sunflower seeds
Savory Oatmeal Toppings
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Cheddar cheese
- Swiss cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Cooked veggies such as peas and carrots
What You’ll Need For Apple Pie Oatmeal
½ cup traditional oats – Do not use quick cook oats for this.
1 cup water – You can substitute with other liquids. See suggestions above.
1 cup chopped apples – Chop these to bite-size pieces. Tart apples taste best, but use whatever you have on hand.
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground allspice
Maple syrup – to taste after cooking. Pour on as a topping and stir in.
How To Make Apple Pie Oatmeal
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked to oatmeal package directions.
Top with your favorite sweetener and enjoy.
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- Small pot
- ½ cup traditional oats (old fashion oats)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup chopped apples (approximately 1 small apple)
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground allspice
- maple syrup to taste after cooking
- Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked to oatmeal package directions.
- Top with your favorite sweetener and enjoy.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 4/13/12.