Apple Pie Oatmeal

I have been preparing Apple Pie Oatmeal for my son, James, for 24 years.  My 94-year old father requested some the other day so I made up a huge batch, warm and fragrant with cinnamon, apples and vanilla.  I packaged them up in individual portions and popped them in his freezer ready to be heated in the microwave and enjoyed for breakfast or a nutritious snack.  I made an even bigger batch for my niece, Meg, and her brother, Christopher, as part of their Christmas presents.  Both are students at University of Florida, living off campus in apartments and probably starving all the time.  While chopping and stirring James passed through the kitchen and asked, “What ‘cha makin’, Mama?  Sure smells good!”  “Why, apple pie oatmeal, son.  Here, have a taste.”  He had always loved it and asked if I would make some for him to take to his office.  Please!  Why would I ever stop now?  I started making this when he was a baby and he loved it from the first bite.  When he could feed himself I pulled a chair up to his high chair and read to him, often from the A. A.  Milne boxed set of “The World of Christopher Robin” and “The World of Pooh” that Mama gave me when I was just a little girl.  Never leaving our little house in Victoria Park, we traveled to London often, sometimes India and occasionally  Spain.  Enjoying his oatmeal and sneaking sips of my cafe con leche,  James loved it all!  We read poems of naughty children and grumpy kings, of traveling down the Amazon and the glory of butter.  We laughed at runaway balloons and big, red india-rubber balls.  And always, always delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).  Here’s to you, boy!

“FORGIVEN”   by  A. A. Milne

I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was his name, And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.  I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day……………………………………………………………………………..  And Nanny let my beetle out…………………………………………………………………….  Yes, Nanny let my beetle out……………………………………………………………………..   She went and let my beetle out………………………………………………………………..   And Beetle ran away.

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This is an incredibly healthful yet mouth-watering recipe.  I use only organic apples, organic oats and almond milk instead of cow’s.  For sweetening I use stevia and a bit of honey to cut any bitterness the stevia may impart but all of these ingredients may be substituted for conventional products.  I freeze individual portions in baggies, just make certain all the air is squeezed out of the plastic bag,  then transfer the oatmeal to a microwave safe plastic bowl to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.  Sometimes I add a cap of almond milk to the defrosted oatmeal to thin it out a bit.  I don’t peel the apples but feel free if you don’t care for the peel.  I love this recipe…I even like it cold.  I mean, really…it’s apple pie!

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 pounds apples, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 4 cups almond milk or conventional milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • stevia or sugar to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Add apples, milk and water to a heavy bottomed pot and bring to a boil.  Drop the temperature to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are firm but fork tender.
  2. Add the oats and mix in well.  Simmer the oats for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3.  Add the stevia or sugar, cinnamon and vanilla stirring well.  Taste for any adjustments needed.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of milk.
  5. If freezing allow to come to room temperature.

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