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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Winter has its charm, with a world covered in white. Spring lures me in with the green seedlings of new life. Summer romances with vibrant colors and fragrances from exotic places, but autumn will always hold the colors to my heart.

The fading of green leaves into muted tones of yellow, orange, red, and purple is one of the most fascinating transitions to watch. I fear that their time is coming to a close in the Midwest. The colors of the leaves have now dimmed further still and their luster is lost as they fall gracefully to their rest among the cracks in the sidewalk. I can only wish the colors would linger longer. I don't think I've yet had my fill. The weatherman is talking of a snowstorm this weekend and I'm not ready to give in to cold winter just yet.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

When I sat down to photograph this oatmeal before breakfast last weekend, I couldn't help but notice something strange. Though I typically choose to shoot food in the late afternoon autumn sun (I love the long golden rays and the charm it lends), this day was an exception. At first, I thought I had accidentally left the overhead light on (since I photograph food exclusively in natural light, this would create a problem for me in terms of shadows and white balance—the food never looks as vibrant or real). But, as it turns out, I hadn't. I looked around for another source, but came up empty handed. It couldn't be, I thought. Is the autumn sun really flecked with gold in the morning light?

And, if you look at the picture below, I think you'll find it's true.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

When you next have a moment of time to enjoy the morning sun, I hope you'll sit down to a bowl of this apple cinnamon oatmeal and watch as the autumn sun turns your bowl into flickering golden lights.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

This Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal makes for a hearty, comforting breakfast. Steel cut oats, unlike traditional oats, are a less processed version. They are full of texture (long gone are the days of mushy oatmeal) and I find the oats to be heartier and more filling. Apples and cinnamon are a classic fall flavor combination. The apples lend a sweet taste and soft texture to this oatmeal while the spices round it out, bringing the flavor closer to that of a good apple pie.

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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yields 1 large or 2 small servings

1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 large (or 2 small apples), peeled, cored, and diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of ground ginger

In a medium saucepan, heat together milk, steel cut oats, diced apples, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and spices over medium-high heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired oat texture is reached. Remove from heat.

Serve with a splash of milk and extra brown sugar for sweetness.

Reader Comments (12)

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This was a beautiful post, truely. You have such a way with words. We just recently got a snow storm, and I love the way it looks when no one has messed with it (i.e. drivin around making dark slush).
11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Becca-- Thank you! I agree. Snow is beautiful for the first day (and then the cars and the soot and the dirt ruin it all... for the next 6 months).
11.2.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Making this today...been wanting to get some steel cut oats made up and this is just the inspiration that I needed! : )
11.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Jennifer-- I'm glad to have given you the inspiration! This is perfect for fall weather.
11.3.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
What a perfect start for a crisp fall day. Lovely post and beautiful images--inspiring on so many levels. Thank you!
11.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBobbi
love this receipe, i'm a cinnamon lover! anyway, I tried your pumpkin spice latte...gorgeous! so, I just wanna say thank you:-)
Can you believe this IS my breakfast almost every morning? It's just unbeatable, definitely my favorite in winter. Beautiful pitcures you have, love them!
11.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterValeria
Whew! I am 8 and a half months pregnant and was craving something quintessentially "Fall" when I came upon this recipe. I will be making this for years to come! Thank you so much!
11.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika
I think I asked this previously, only haven't gotten an answer, nor has my comment been published. My question still is: Is it necessary to peel the apples?
This recipe looks wonderful, and my two granny smith apples are just begging to be made into some tasty oatmeal. :)

Hope you have a wonderful day!
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy
Joy-- I'm sorry if I never received your comment! Sometimes the system is finicky and good questions get lost. It is not necessary to peel the apples. Peeling them provides a smoother texture to the apples, but if you don't mind a little extra fiber, go for it! I often use unpeeled apples in my morning oats. :)
12.4.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Kristin, thank you for your speedy reply! Yes, computer systems can be interesting to work with. :) My granny smith apples are still sitting in the refrigerator, but not for long. :) I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow morning! :D

Enjoy your evening!
12.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

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