Apple Cinnamon Raisin Homemade Oatmeal


Homemade oatmeal is an easy, frugal, hearty and delicious breakfast to start your day off right. This apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal will fill you up and fuel you up for whatever the day brings! #homemadeoatmeal #oatmealrecipes #applecinnamonoatmeal #frugalbreakfast #frugalmealideasOn many a morning in our house, you can find me standing over a pot of oatmeal cooking on the stove. This is especially true in the colder months when summer days full of smoothies and yogurt parfaits turn to chilly fall and winter mornings that beg for a hearty breakfast that’ll warm you from the inside out.

Yes, oatmeal is a staple breakfast dish in our house. It’s so versatile and nutritious and cheap to make (plus our two-year-old daughter loves it), so I have no problem whipping up a fresh batch from scratch just about every morning. 

When I was a kid I remember eating instant oatmeal from individual packets. It was loaded with sugar (which I admittedly loved) along with artificial colours and flavours and all sorts of additives that really don’t need to be in your morning meal.

 

Quick Oats vs. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats

Personally, I use quick oats. I like the fact that they cook up in just minutes on the stove and nutritionally they are the same as old-fashioned rolled oats (just processed a little differently and rolled thinner), which you could easily substitute here as long as you cook them a little longer.

I haven’t eaten steel-cut oats enough to have developed a real taste for them yet, but maybe I’ll try cooking with them more soon. If you want, you could use steel-cut oats in this recipe as long as you follow the cooking directions and time for steel-cut oats.

But as for now, we eat quick oats because I love how quickly they cook up (hence their name) and that’s what we have a ton of in the pantry at the moment.

 

Related: Turmeric & Garlic Scrambled Eggs

 

How to Make Oatmeal from Scratch

Oatmeal of any kind is incredibly easy to throw together from scratch. As with most things that I’ve started making from scratch, I now wonder why anyone would ever use the store-bought, highly processed, often unhealthy and even carcinogenic versions of the whole food recipes and natural items we can make very easily and frugally at home from scratch. Oatmeal is one of these things for sure.

Homemade oatmeal is an easy, frugal, hearty and delicious breakfast to start your day off right. This apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal will fill you up and fuel you up for whatever the day brings! #homemadeoatmeal #oatmealrecipes #applecinnamonoatmeal #frugalbreakfast #frugalmealideas

I often throw in handfuls of whatever frozen or dried fruit and nuts I have on hand, as well as a little applesauce and some brown sugar, honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up. 

Mixed berry oatmeal is very popular in our house because I almost always have frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in the freezer. But I also love using dried fruits that I’ve either bought in bulk or put up myself. Dried apples, cherries, cranberries and raisins rehydrate well in oatmeal and taste delicious.

This particular homemade oatmeal recipe is one of my favourites, and combines apples (fresh or dried) with raisins, cinnamon, pecans (optional) and a little brown sugar (or maple syrup) and butter (or coconut oil). It’s simple but full of flavour and 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal feed me, my daughter and my husband and there’s usually enough leftover for someone to have another bowl, or to put in the fridge as a snack for later.

Start by cooking your oatmeal (quick oats take just a couple minutes to cook up). Then add about a tablespoon of butter and stir it in until it’s well mixed. Add your fruits, spices, sugar and nuts (if using) and stir well to combine. Serve hot with a cup of coffee (or milk for the little ones) and start your day off with a full, satisfied belly. 

*You could also substitute the sugar for a little Stevia. I add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar to this recipe, so you would probably only want to add about 1/2 teaspoon or so of Stevia because it’s much sweeter.  You’d have to play around with it.

Homemade oatmeal in the morning is such a quick, easy, hearty and nutritious way to start your day and will fuel you up for an honest day’s work;) Plus, it’s a super frugal meal that will help stretch your food budget when you’re trying to save money or make ends meet (and who isn’t, amiright?)

 

Homemade oatmeal is an easy, frugal, hearty and delicious breakfast to start your day off right. This apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal will fill you up and fuel you up for whatever the day brings! #homemadeoatmeal #oatmealrecipes #applecinnamonoatmeal #frugalbreakfast #frugalmealideas

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Homemade Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of quick cook oats (you could also use old-fashioned rolled oats, just adjust cooking time)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced (or about 1 cup of dried apple slices cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecan pieces (*optional. You could also use walnuts or slivered almonds)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or 2 Tbsp. Maple syrup or 1 tsp. Stevia)

Instructions

  1. Add oats to a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to medium, stirring frequently until oats are fully cooked. (Stirring frequently helps make sure the oats don't stick to the bottom of the pot).
  2. Stir in butter (or coconut oil). Mix together until well combined.
  3. Add apples, raisins and nuts (if using). Mix to combine. Then add sugar and cinnamon and mix again until all ingredients are well combined and sugar has dissolved.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 
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