I like to do everything on the early side. Wake up early, eat breakfast early, run early, clean early, get assignments and projects done early, lunch early, dinner early and go to bed early.
So, when Friday night’s dinner plans were set for LATE (well, late according to my early), I told myself to just keep eating throughout the day as to never get too hungry so that I could make it in one friendly piece come dinner time.
We had dinner with friends at Morrison’s. Best roasted sweet potatoes ever along with a salad, burnt Brussels sprouts leaves (so good!) and the chocolate chip cookie skillet for dessert (it was okay – it definitely wasn’t cooked in the skillet, was more for presentation).
So how did I make it until around 9:00 pm for dinner? What did I eat all day long?
Oatmeal. My new favorite Autumn Oatmeal to be exact.
While everyone is busy obsessing over pumpkin everything, I am busy with my apples. Granny Smith, Pink Lady and the seasonal (expensive) favorite, Honey Crisp.
The oatmeal genius that I am (when you can live on oatmeal all day every day you are considered an oatmeal genius in my book) decided to simmer up a pan of diced apples and raisins all sprinkled with cinnamon to add to my oatmeal for a change.
Okay so technically the apples are not roasted but they come out of the pan tasting roasted so we can call them roasted.
While feeling all Fall-like and fancy for cooking my fruit before adding it to my standard oatmeal bowl, I added some peanut butter to the pan too because every apple deserves some peanut butter, don’t you think?
I am not one for measuring my ingredients, especially my peanut butter, but when peanut butter gets warm, it becomes melty which means less is often needed to reach full flavor effect.
As for your oatmeal, you can use whatever type you wish. I always have my servings prepared (old-fashioned rolled oats cooked with steel-cut oats) but you can quickly make some oatmeal on the stove (best method) OR microwave (quick method) using old-fashioned rolled oats OR use a packet of instant oatmeal OR even use these apples to top off your overnight oats that you have prepared in advance.
Quick Autumn Oatmeal notes:
I used one large Honey Crisp apple but you can use any type, size and amount you wish. Make as much or as little as you like, depending upon how much fruit you want in your oatmeal/how much you want as leftovers.
This apple/raisin/peanut butter mixture can easily be cooked and stored in the refrigerator for snacks/desserts/meals later in the week.
Of course I added Skoop protein powder to my oatmeal <- great flavor combination between the Skoop and the cinnamon apples.
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This meal is dairy free and refined sugar-free too. Make it gluten-free by using gluten-free oatmeal.
I do not measure my ingredients. Use as many raisins as you wish.
I used Crunch Time peanut butter but you can use any nut butter. As for the amount, again, less can actually be more for this dish. Less than a tablespoon (if you measure it) would work just fine. It provides peanut buttery flavor without losing sight of the taste of the apples cooked with cinnamon.
Optional yummy add-ins: cranberries, walnuts, almonds, use two types of apples for flavor variety or a spoonful of pumpkin to thicken and flavor the oatmeal while giving yourself a dose of vegetables!
- 1 large diced apple of choice (I used honey crisp)
- Coconut Oil Cooking Spray
- Peanut Butter*
- 2 servings of oatmeal
- Almond milk (optional)
- Skoop protein powder (optional)
- Dice (and peel if you want) your apple(s).
- Heat a lightly greased skillet with coconut oil cooking spray or coconut oil over medium heat.
- Add apples and raisins to the skillet and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Stir frequently, adjusting the temperature to prevent the mixture from burning.
- While mixture is cooking, prepare your oatmeal if you don’t have servings prepared in advance.
- After 5-7 minutes, add peanut butter to the apples and raisins and stir to coat.
- When apples are tender to your liking, remove skillet from heat.
- Divide apple mixture and add to already prepared bowls of oatmeal.
- Can be eaten over hot or cold oatmeal, adding both Skoop protein powder and a splash of almond milk to the oatmeal if you desire.
Are you an early person overall or more on the late side with everything that you do?
Fall favorite of choice – apples or pumpkin everything?
What food could you eat all day every day without getting sick of it?