My brother was making oatmeal a while ago, and instead of the traditional toppings he made a caramelized apple topping that wasn't too heavy, sweet, or overly spiced.
Slice, or dice, half of a large apple (it's not necessary to peel) and toss it with about 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar, a few shakes of cinnamon or other spice, and a squeeze of lemon.
Heat half a tablespoon of butter or butter spread into a skillet on medium heat until started to foam/bubble, then add apple mixture, making sure to evenly spread the apples out. I added coarsely chopped cashews because since I like the taste of stir-fried cashews, it would be good here, too.
Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until tender when poked with a knife, but not falling apart, about 5-7 minutes (he didn't really time it, and neither do I, so that's a guesstimite). Keep the mixture bubbling.
Serve over oatmeal with some milk and a sprinkling of wheat bran. Happy breakfast!
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Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples and Cashews
Recipe by Lil Bro and Christina Provo
1/2 large apple, chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8th teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup cashews, whole or coarsely chopped
1/2 tablespoon butter
Bowl of oatmeal
- Toss together chopped apple with brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Heat a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes; when hot, add the butter. When butter melts and foam subsides, pour in the apple mixture and cashews in an even layer.
- Cook the apples until soft but not mushy, about 5-7 minutes. You should be able to easily pierce apples with a fork or knife. Serve hot over oatmeal.