Apple Cider Oats

Apple cider, aka ambrosia, aka elixir of life, aka the stuff that I could chug a full gallon of—why isn’t there an edible form? You can eat an apple…but then you miss out on all those cozy spices. You can bake a cake…but then it doesn’t quite warm you like a steaming mug of cider does. What if there was something hot, sweet, comforting, and easy to spice like cider, but still edible…

Boom—oats. Cooked in apple cider!

On Sunday, some friends and I visited an apple orchard off the mountain. Perry Lowe Orchard was very welcoming and well-stocked with delicious apple treats—fritters, slushees, and (my favorite!) cider! Oh, and I can’t forget the apples: crisp, sweet, in every variety imaginable. Though I love my cider, they were definitely the highlight of the trip. I ate one every day for the week after that (shoo, doctors) and I haven’t gotten tired of them—that’s how good they are. The fresh apples lend a delightful crunch, the apple cider makes the oats extra thick and sticky, and the spices make me feel like I’m sipping cider on a chilly autumn day. These oats are perfect for the cozy sweater weather that rolled in here: creamy, warming, and bursting with apple flavor!

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice or water
  • 1 small apple (I used johnnycrisp) or 1/2 a large apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Topping ideas: almond butter, cinnamon, toasted pecans, toasted walnuts, hemp seeds, maple syrup

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat most of the apples, apple cider, and milk of choice over high until it begins to simmer
  2. Add oats and cook 5-7 min, stirring occasionally
  3. Once the oats start to puff up and absorb the liquid, add vanilla, salt, and spices
  4. Cook until oats reach your desired consistency. Top with the rest of the apples and toppings of your choice 🙂

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