I have always had a severe aversion to cooked fruit. The issue has always been the goo that typically covers cooked fruit. I have steered clear from really anything with cooked fruit or fruit in the bottom for years. When my CSA box started to deliver granny smith apples I needed to come up with ways to use them. They were too tart for the kids and I could not use them in any recipe which would cover them in syrupy goo. The shinny happy green apples were staring at me from the fruit bowl one morning as I prepared my daily bowl of oats. The idea to give apple cinnamon oatmeal a whirl came to mind. The results were delicious. The apple get soft but, not mushy and the cinnamon and sugar adds a nice amount of spicy sweet. I have no idea if the ground flax is really adding any huge health benefits but, I know it can't hurt and I really like the nutty undertone it gives to the oats.
apple cinnamon oatmeal
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 granny smith apple; peeled and cubed
1 teaspoons of brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
good sprinkle of ground flax seed meal
Combine the oats, water and almond milk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator over night. If you don't have time to do over night then do it in the morning and let it sit. This allows the oats to soak up the liquid and produce the most voluminous and creamy bowl of oatmeal. Remove wrap and add chopped apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and flax meal and give a good stir. Either cook bowl or stove top or put in microwave for ~4 minutes stirring half way through. Enjoy!