Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal

09.26.2013

Fall Spiced Apple Oatmeal | Cooking Classy

Here’s what I’ve been eating nearly every morning for the last month, this oatmeal or a blueberry oat smoothie. It’s simple to prepare, its unbelievably filling, it tastes delicious and it’s a pretty low calorie breakfast. I don’t even want to put this word on a food blog, but whenever we are on vacation and need a quick breakfast my husband loves to stop at McDonalds. I hate McDonalds, he loves it. It always leaves a weird after taste in my opinion and well, it tastes like fast food (or in other words partially real food). Anyways, I never wanted to order anything when we’d stop until I noticed they added oatmeal to their menu, I was so excited to see they finally had a healthier option. Sadly, I found out, according to an article on Readers Digest, it’s really not that nutritious. Oats made from seven ingredients does seem strange to me. I will admit, I thought it tasted pretty good but it does seem like a small portion and anybody can make oatmeal at home, so why take the time to stop at get it at the drive through. I’ve made a sort of copycat at home (that really anyone could figure out), but made it with real ingredients. I also added in a little more spice (hence the fall spiced, not just cinnamon). You could also add chopped walnuts or pecans, but I usually don’t add them just to reduce the calories (if you wanted a healthier option you could swap out the raisins/dried cranberries for some). Also, the cream is optional but it’s amazing what just 1 1/2 tsp of cream can add. Plus I’ve heard that a little bit of fat will assist your body in absorbing the vitamins and nutrients of healthy foods so in my ¬†mind it’s a must :). I’m sure my mom will look at it though and go what!? 1 1/2 tsp of cream I want 1/4 cup. We both love cream, it’s basically the best ingredient ever. If only it were 0 calories though. According to my packaging labels, this oatmeal was 280 calories per serving and it’s one of the best easy breakfasts ever!

If you are wanting to try out the blueberry oat smoothie too, simply add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup almond milk (original), 1/2 cup water, 1/2 of a (5 – 6 oz) strawberry or blueberry Greek yogurt, 6 Tbsp quick oats, and half of a peeled and frozen small well ripe banana to a blender and blend until smooth. I’m loving that one too (but might not be so much once it’s super cold this winter) and that one is also about 280 calories and is very filling too. Enjoy!

Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal | Cooking Classy

Fall Spiced Apple Cran Raisin Oatmeal | Cooking Classy

Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal

Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, quick or old fashioned
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used original)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp (heaping) cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a medium apple, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped raisin cranberry blend
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream

Directions

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine oats, almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt and cook in microwave on HIGH power 2 - 3 minutes stirring once halfway through cooking (2 minutes for quick oats, 3 minutes for old fashioned oats). Stir in brown sugar, apples, and raisin blend. Allow to cool then drizzle top with cream (I add a little more almond milk too), serve warm.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/09/fall-spiced-apple-oatmeal/

12 comments

  • Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner: This looks delicious! Before I even started to read I immediatly thought that this looks exactly like the McD version, which I love. Love your version because I can control the fat and calories. :) September 27, 2013 at 12:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love that about making stuff at home too :). Thanks for leaving a comment Tina! I hope you love this! September 29, 2013 at 8:19am Reply

  • Susan: Jaclyn, thank you so much for reading my mind and posting the recipe for the smoothie as well as the oatmeal. I’ve really been enjoying smoothies for breakfast, and this one sounds great. So does the oatmeal. I love that one can fix the same thing for breakfast every day (oatmeal) and have it taste completely different every time. I am one who would probably substitute some nuts for the cranberries & raisins, just because I watch my carb levels. The flavor the cranberries & raisins would give it would be really nice, though. Decisions, decisions‚Ķ September 27, 2013 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love oatmeal too and I love that I can make it in so many ways like you said. Yes, so many decisions :)! October 7, 2013 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Jane Wallace: I am definitely going to try this healthy breakfast recipe. I love your site — I love all your recipes.

    I tried your lemon creams square (they’re incredible). Next I’m trying the pumpkin squares. September 29, 2013 at 7:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you love my recipes Jane :)! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! September 29, 2013 at 8:06am Reply

  • Sandra: How would you cook this on stove-top? I love the look of it but am trying to avoid the micorwave… September 29, 2013 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just according the package directions on the oatmeal adding in the spices and almond milk (then everything else afterward as listed). I hope you love it Sandra! October 1, 2013 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Erin | The Emerging Foodie: Mmmm, oats are my favorite because they’re so comforting and these look unbelievably soul-warming and delicious. Gorgeous photos, too! October 3, 2013 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Melissa: This recipe looks amazing! I love the McDonald’s version so I know I wil love this more. One question, I recently started weight watchers and I wa wondering if you had an nutrional information so I can calculate the point value? Would you be able to figure that out?
    Thanks January 25, 2014 at 7:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend using a site like myfitnesspal.com to calculate it, sorry I don’t have that info. February 4, 2014 at 9:53pm Reply

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