Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

What a yummy, healthy way to start the day! 🙂 I am working on a breakfast post with lots of breakfast recipes, so check back soon. 

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples
(from Baking Bites)

3/4 cup steel cut oats
3 1/4 cups water
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
2 medium apples
1 tbsp butter
maple syrup or brown sugar

Combine oats and water in medium saucepan. Bring water to a boil. Boil for about 15 minutes, turn the heat down to medium-low. Stirring occasionally, cook for an additional 15 minutes. Once 30 minutes of total cooking time has elapsed, you need to watch the oatmeal and test it for doneness (not too firm, not too squishy). Stir it frequently – don’t worry if it sticks to the bottom of the pan in places, just scrape the bottom well with your spoon. Cook an additional 5-10 minutes, as necessary. Add the salt, vanilla, and spices and remove from the heat when the oatmeal has reached the consistency that you like.
While oatmeal is cooking, prepare the apples. Peel and core the fruit, slicing each apple in half, then into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices. Saute in a small saucepan over medium-high heat with butter until fruit is browned, then reduce the heat and cook until tender, stirring frequently.
Spoon apples into bowl with oatmeal and top with maple syrup or brown sugar.

Serves 3-4

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