An Extra-Special Oatmeal: Apple-Style


The kids and I have been battling a wretched cold that has us speaking with rasps and coveting soft, smooth food. It hasn’t led to much creativity in the kitchen. Not fun. I cannot wait to get back to our happy, healthy, cough-free selves.

But, that doesn’t mean we don’t eat. We are still eating well.

You may remember that I mentioned recently that oatmeal just isn’t one of those go-to breakfasts for me, after a traumatic oatmeal experience as a child. My kids and husband on the other hand absolutely love it. I love to indulge them when they love something. So, when Tyler Florence told Oprah that he made oatmeal in apple juice to make it special, my interest was piqued. I had to try it.

Just to be clear, I am not anti-oatmeal. I actually like it … but mentally, it’s just something I avoid. Nonetheless, when I taste-tested the oatmeal before handing it over to Will and Paige, I was hooked. Thankfully, I had made a little extra so I had a small bowl too. It was deliciously sweet, apple-y and delicious. I stirred in a touch of ground cinnamon and it was magnificent.

So, how do you make it? Simply substitute apple juice for water when making your oatmeal and cook according to package directions. For this, I used quick-cooking steel-cut oats from Trader Joe’s.


  1. says

    Swapouts like that make a big difference, don’t they? Sometimes when making rice, depending on what else it’s being served with, I switch the water for chicken broth … completely different end result.

  2. says

    It’s so important to offer children variations to keep things interesting for them. A lot of kids don’t eat veggies because of the way they are presented. Thanks!

  3. Bill D. says

    Love CoCo’s oatmeal – apples, raisins, brown sugar on the side. Always putting something on my oatmeal but never thought of apples. Will try it – usually nuke the OM – may have to do the apples prior.

  4. says

    Cate, you are so right on that.

    Grant, I totally agree — presentation and variation really keep things interesting for everyone.

    Bill, that is a cinnamon stick (just garnish 😉 ). As for cooking in the microwave, just substitute the apple juice for water and that should do the trick — cook as normal.

  5. says

    Weird! I made the exact same thing this morning! After hearing about it on the Oprah show, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I’ve been eating Kix and milk for breakfast (which have been very good to me), but those two things are not budget friendly, so I’ve been trying to come up with cheap healthy options. I think this one’s a keeper!

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