18 December 2008

Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples and Cashews

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

Serves 1

Ingredients -

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

Directions -
  1. 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.

  2. 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.



  1. Oh man, what a breakfast!! Holy yum.

  2. Wow! I almost made microwave oatmeal this morning, and then decided I didn't have time to microwave things and poured a bowl of cereal. Poor me.

  3. I made an oatmeal recently that was very similar. I LOVE anything apple pie-like. Apples and cashews??? HEAVEN. Thanks for sharing.


  4. omg that looks fabulous...it reminds me of these wraps my dad used to make..he would saute apples w/ spices and a bit of honey the wrap it in a warm tortilla...heaven!

  5. that looks so good - it almost looks like tofu/potatoes!

  6. Nice breakfast! I've got to try this.

  7. VeggieGirl - It certainly was holy yum! worth!

    Jess - There's always tomorrow =)

    Sheila - No problem, and another thanks to my brother for the idea!

    Just Me - Oh wow, that sounds incredible! This would make a great crepe filling, too.

    TTFN - Thanks =p

    Darius - We ALL need a bowl of this!

    Pearl - ROFLS! It really does, like a curry!

    Sam - Hope you enjoy it!

  8. I need healthier breakfast options like this. Sounds like I'll be good until dinner if I have a bowl of this in the morning.

  9. Just skimming through this page, this jumped out at me! I usually cut up apples and grab some trail mix and mix them in my oatmeal whenever I can, but too lazy to do all of this. Looks amazing!


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