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Butter Toasted Apple Pie Oatmeal

Contrary to what my Pinterest feed told me I should’ve been loving this fall, I never really got into the pumpkin craze. There were loads of beautiful pumpkin-based dishes worthy of pinning and making, but, I just wasn’t feelin’ it. Not even the pumpkin spice latte, which I’ve had just once this year, and only because the Starbucks in question was out of every other option (including, humorously, salt for their salted caramel mochas — amusing because the only Starbucks in my ‘hood is nestled inside a Kroger. Salt, everywhere.).

No, this fall, I’ve been all about the apples and my current go-to snack: sliced apples with Justin’s Maple Almond nut butter. I made an accidental discovery this year: Sweet Tango apples. Or, wait: a quick googling just revealed that it’s spelled SweeTango, and that it’s a cross between the king of apples, Honeycrisp, and Zestar.

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All I can say is, if you like apples, you must get thee to a grocer and try the SweeTango. It’s crispy and juicy, more on the tart side than sugary sweet, but with a honey-citrusy finish. This is an apple you can easily chomp down to the core and be left to wonder where it all went so fast.

The morning after our first snowfall — very minor, but it still counted, unfortunately [shakes fist at Mother Nature, who stole my summer away so quickly] — I reached for my cold-weather favorite breakfast food, steel cut oats, and when I noticed the SweeTangos lining my counter, I knew exactly what had to happen: apple pie oatmeal.

Delectable SweeTango apples, seasoned with apple pie spices, all cooked in a steaming pot of hearty oatmeal.

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As the title of the post has hinted, this recipes takes the added step of lightly toasting the oats first, which brings out a layer of warm, nutty flavors that only oats toasted in brown butter can have. Make no mistake, folks: it’s small touches like this that take ordinary cooking and make it special.

Worth it.

Off to the store to get more apples!

Karen xo


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Butter Toasted Apple Pie Oatmeal

If you already have a favorite apple pie spice blend, feel free to substitute!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Karen Gibson


for the apple pie spice blend

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

for the oatmeal

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small apple peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon apple pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • almond soy, or dairy milk, as needed (optional)


for the apple pie spice blend

  • Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir or whisk to blend, set aside.

for the oatmeal

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium pot (that has a lid) over medium heat. Add apples and stir to coat with the butter. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of the spice blend over the apples, and cook the apples for about 5 minutes, stirring occassionally, until the apples begin to soften.
  • Scootch the apples aside in the pot, add 1 tablespoon butter to it and let melt. Add the oats to the butter and stir to coat - try to keep them separate from the apples. Toast the oats in the butter for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add boiling water to the pan and stir well. Cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover and reduce heat to low. Let the oatmeal set for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the brown sugar/maple syrup, spice blend, and salt. Taste to make sure there's enough seasonings (you might need a little more spice blend or a pinch of salt). Add milk, if using and stir until the oatmeal reaches desired creaminess (I usually use 1 to 2 tablespoons).
  • Spoon into bowls and top each with a pat of butter, if desired.
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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sue/the view from great island

Sunday 9th of November 2014

Even though I am a pumpkin fanatic, I can definitely make room for this glorious oatmeal...those pats of butter melting in the center are killer....

Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Friday 7th of November 2014

I eat oatmeal several times a week. So I am liking this recipe. Not into pumpkin this year---well hey that's okay. But you did a great job with the apple inclusion. Sweetango apples? I haven't seen those. I will have to look. Someone brought me some McIntosh apples from their tree. You don't see those in the market much either. Bowled away how sweet they were too.