I feel sort of silly posting a recipe for oatmeal. But I have only recently discovered how easy it is to make oatmeal from scratch on a weekday morning. I honestly always thought it took like an hour or something and never investigated further — continuing to buy little packages of oatmeal at the store. But if you think about it, those packets are ridiculously expensive considering they contain some ground up oats, dehydrated apples, sugar (lots of sugar!), and various chemicals… Now I didn’t do price comparisons today at the store, but a quick online search told me that a 42 oz. container of old fashioned oats was about $4 and a 14 oz. box of instant oatmeals packets (10 pack) was about $3.59. Even after adding in a few apples and some honey to that 42 oz. container, I still think it’s pretty easy to see which choice is more economical. And it’s quick. And it contains nothing that you don’t want to put in it. And less packaging.
So, give it a try. I swear it doesn’t take any more time than prepping a packet and throwing it in the microwave for two minutes. And I think you will instantly notice how awfully much sugar they put in the packaged stuff. That may take a bit of getting used to, but with fresh fruit and a bit of honey, we are getting over it.
Honey Apple Oatmeal
1-2 cups old fashioned oatmeal (I usually do about 1 1/2 or 2 cups which makes plenty for three with a bit leftover)
Water (3-4 cups depending on how saucy you like your oatmeal)
Pinch of Salt
Honey (or Brown Sugar or Maple Syrup, etc.)
One chopped apple
Milk or Cream
Put oats in a medium saucepan with a pinch of salt. Cover with 3-4 cups of cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring a couple of times so they don’t stick. Add a little more water if necessary. Cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on how tender you like the oats. Stir in a bit of honey to taste, a splash of vanilla, and some cinnamon. Serve in a bowl with chopped apples, a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a bit of milk or cream (if you like).
Be creative with the many potential variations — different fresh or dried fruits, spices, nuts or seeds, etc.