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So I finally got to cross another apple recipe off my list! My husband is a huge oatmeal fan, and I knew I had to make this for him. This was his first time trying steel cut oats, and I think he’s still on the fence about them. Personally, I have trouble eating old-fashioned oatmeal now. It’s just too mushy and I prefer the heartiness of the steel cut oats. But even with the different texture, he still enjoyed the recipe! The flavor is fresh and lightly spiced with delicious chunks of apples, and perfect to warm you on a cold fall or winter morning. Just make sure to use sweeter apples as a garnish, because I made the mistake of using granny smith and they were a little too tart of a contrast.

Next on the apple list… apple pie or apple dumplings!!! 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup steel cut oatmeal
4 cups hot water
1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cardamom, or 2 cardamom pods
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chopped apple
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup chopped walnuts, for garnish if desired
¼ cup chopped apples (sweet apples are best), for garnish if desired

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the steel cut oats and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add hot water and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt. Bring to a boil then cover and turn heat down to low; allow the oats to cook for 20 minutes.

Remove lid and stir in chopped apples and maple syrup. Continue cooking, uncovered for 10 minutes, or until oats reach your desired texture. Serve in a bowl and garnish with walnuts, chopped apples and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Source: My Baking Addiction