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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Walnuts

January 13, 2010

Oh, hello! It’s been a while. Are you still hungover from holiday cookies and baked goods like I am? No? I guess it’s just me then.

It’s been freezing here lately. Literally freezing. We’ve seen more snow in the last month than we normally get in a whole year. Needless to say I’m all about warm food right now. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever – it just needs to be warm.

My go-to warm breakfast is oatmeal. It’s so easy anyone can make it and so versatile you can make it taste different every day. And it’s good for you too! This recipe is just one of the many ways I make my breakfast oatmeal. What’s your favorite way to make oatmeal?


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Walnuts

Makes 1 serving

I like my oatmeal to have texture, unlike those mushy, sugary packets you buy at the store. You can use any kind of oatmeal you like, but I prefer the “old fashioned” or steel cut oats for their hearty texture. Apples (I used golden delicious) and walnuts add some crunch, making this oatmeal anything but mush.


1/3 cup oats
1/4 of an apple, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup water
pinch of salt
dried cranberries (optional)


Place oats, apple, walnuts, cinnamon and salt in a microwave-safe bowl and stir to combine. Stir in milk, water and maple syrup. Microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir. If too runny, continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until the liquid is absorbed. Top with additional walnuts and dried cranberries if desired, and enjoy!

  1. January 13, 2010 11:30 pm

    You posted this at the perfect time! I’ve been trying to make myself like oatmeal because it’s good for you (and warm, like you said), but since I’ve never eaten it before I didn’t know what to put in it. This sounds good!

    I agree with you about not liking the mushy kind, that’s what turned me off in the first place. I just bought some steel cuts oats, so I’m going to have this tomorrow.

  2. January 18, 2010 11:33 pm

    That would be a great breakfast! Healthy and flavorful.

  3. January 20, 2010 10:42 am

    I like my oatmeal with texture too! I usually have mine with Granny Smiths, and when I feel like indulging, it’d be with strawberry syrup and coconut cream in place of milk :P Now I feel like having oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow!

  4. January 20, 2010 6:18 pm

    Like with Emily, this was good timing for me. We’ve decided to act like adults and eat non-instant oatmeal, and I’ve been wanting a good tasty recipe. We’ll try it! (Also, I made marshmallows. Come see!)

  5. The Craving Chronicles permalink*
    January 20, 2010 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I felt a little lame posting a recipe for microwaved oatmeal, so I’m glad to hear it’s inspired one or two people :)

  6. wai permalink
    January 25, 2010 8:04 am

    This is sooo tasty! Now I can’t wait to wake up in the morning to have this again :)
    I put almonds in instead of walnuts because I didn’t have any and honey instead of maple syrup because it’s not so easy to get it where I’m from, still – yumm!

  7. April 13, 2010 9:26 am

    Perfect quick and filling breakfast to make at work! I’m doing this tomorrow :D

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