Whenever I go out for brunch, I have the hardest time choosing what I should have. Should I pick something sweet or something savory? Oatmeal, yogurt with granola, or omelet? My husband always convinces me not to order yogurt or oatmeal since I eat it all the time but I still find myself craving it on the weekends. At my last breakfast outing at Besaw’s in Portland, I just couldn’t resist and ended up ordering oatmeal. My husband didn’t approve but once I had a bite, I was so glad I listened to my gut! It was by far the best oatmeal I have ever had. I still think about it all the time and so I had to make my own version at home. Here is the best oatmeal you will ever have, apple cider oatmeal with caramelized apples, Greek yogurt, and homemade granola.
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This apple cider oatmeal may look like a lot of work but it comes together quickly. Start by making the granola. You can always buy premade granola or make it days in advance. This is a pretty simple granola recipe using honey as a sweetener and adding almonds in the mix. Feel free to swap the almonds for other nuts or using a combination, adding coconut, dried fruit, or even chocolate chips. That’s the great thing about granola, it’s so versatile and always tastes great.
While the granola is cooling, make the caramelized apples. Slowly cook the apples in butter and brown sugar, spicing it up with a little bit of cinnamon. It’s really starting to smell like fall in the kitchen now!
Now it’s finally time to make the oatmeal. You can use rolled oats, quick oats, or steel-cut oats, just make sure to increase or decrease the cooking time for quick or steel-cut oats. Simmer the oats in milk and apple cider with a pinch of salt and cinnamon until creamy. You can also swap the milk for almond, soy, coconut, or whatever milk your heart desires.
Portion the oatmeal into bowls and top with the caramelized apples, Greek yogurt, granola, and a drizzle of honey. This apple cider oatmeal was really the most perfect breakfast dish for me because it combines two of my favorites: yogurt and oatmeal. It may sound like an odd combination but it’s a match made in heaven. The tart yogurt with the crunchy granola, sweet apples, and creamy oatmeal is just divine. I am literally drooling as I am writing this. In fact, I think I’ll go help myself to another bowl right now.
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