Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods. Granola bars, oatmeal cookies, or just a plain bowl of comforting warmth on a frosty morning-I love them all. This morning as my daycare kids were all back after a few days off here and there because of snow, I welcomed them with apple cinnamon oatmeal. As with most dishes I fix for the kids, there were mixed reviews. One kid wouldn't touch it, one kid said he liked it but only ate two bites and a third had a blueberry Nutra-grain bar on the way to my house, so she wasn't hungry. The other three kids had two bowls each and would've had a third, but I ran out. Keeping in mind kids finickey natures, I'll call it a success, and besides, I liked it.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Grate one or two apples into a small saucepan, add 1/4 cup water and a teaspoon of cinnamon. I used one apple for 2.5 servings of oatmeal and adding another wouldn't have hurt. Simmer apple mixture until the apples are soft. I cooked mine for about 30 minutes, although 15 would've been plenty. I just really like the apple cinnamon smell! :)
Remove from heat and dump the apples into a small bowl. Fix the oatmeal, according to the package directions. Mine were boil water, add oatmeal, cook 5 minutes or until thickened. Add the apples back to the oatmeal and stir thoroughly. Add 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup to the oatmeal and about 1/2 cup milk. Stir and heat through.