Let’s enjoy this cool, crisp fall morning with a warm bowl of apple steel cut oats with apples straight from the local orchard!
Living in Michigan is really special during the Fall months. The weather cools down, the leaves turn into a magical glow, there are many trips made to the local cider mills and of course to the apple orchards. Last weekend, we made our first trip of the season out to Crane’s Orchard for apple picking. It was a very very chilly fall day, but so much fun!! Hector and I went with our best friend and her mom, whom had never been apple picking before. I love sharing this annual tradition with others. There is nothing better than picking fruit straight off the trees.
I have been enjoying the apples that we picked in all different way: applesauce, apple crisp, and for breakfast in this easy recipe for apple steel cut oats. The oatmeal is warm and comforting; perfect for the crisp fall mornings. For a little added sweetness and apple flavor I used some apple cider for part of the cooking liquid. When buying apple cider, you want to look for cider that is cloudy and a little thicker. We are really lucky in Michigan to have access to so many local cider mills.
You can add more or less sugar based on your taste. You can serve the oats as is or with any of your favorite oatmeal toppings. Fresh diced apples, drizzle of maple syrup, chopped nuts, and cinnamon would all be great for topping these apple steel cut oats.
- 3 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Apple Cider
- 1 inch stick Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
- 2 Medium Apples, diced
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, more or less to taste
- 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- Pinch Salt
- Fresh diced apples, drizzle maple syrup, chopped nuts, cinnamon, etc.
- In a large pot or dutch oven, add the water, apple cider, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Stir in the steel cut oats, stir. Partially cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the diced apples, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine everything. Cook uncovered for another 10-15 minutes, or until the oats are done. Remove the cinnamon stick.
- Serve warm as is or top with your favorite toppings.