Salted Caramel Apple Oats

Caramel apples! They’re the perfect fall treat: tart, crispy, sweet, sticky…maybe a little too sticky. I love them, but they are a struggle to eat! The best part about caramel apples in porridge form? You can eat them with a spoon 🙂

Toppings-wise, this is an oatmeal bowl you can go crazy with, since caramel apples are usually a hodgepodge of crunchy and sweet and salty deliciousness anyway. I used peanut butter, chocolate, roasted peanuts, and pumpkin seeds, but pretzels, any kind of nut butter or nut, toffee, or pretty much anything you see on a caramel apple would be delicious—it’s all up to you! As far as the apples go, I would recommend Granny Smith for a little bite, but then again, it’s all up to your taste. Ahh, then there’s the final touch—the caramel. If you can get your hands on homemade caramel, I can tell you firsthand that it is wild. I found some of Homestead Farms’ slow-cooked goat’s milk caramel (it was more like dulce de leche) at the farmer’s market the other day, and it tastes like heaven in a mason jar—so delicious! With a touch of sea salt, these oats taste like the caramel apple you’ve been waiting all summer for in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or steel cut, I used those but you will have to increase the cooking time)
  • 1 cup milk of choice or water
  • 1 small Granny Smith Apple or 1/2 medium one, diced
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Pinch of salt (plus more for topping)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Caramel (or dulce de leche, homemade is extra yummy!)
  • Topping ideas: chopped peanuts, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chocolate, toasted coconut, chopped almonds, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, toffee, pretzels

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat milk or water and about half of the apples over high heat until it starts to simmer. Add oats and cook 5-7 min
  2. Once the oats start to puff up and absorb the liquid, add vanilla, cinnamon, and salt
  3. Cook 3-5 minutes more or until oatmeal reaches your desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the apples. Top with caramel, coarse salt, and other toppings of your choice

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