Old Fashioned Oats with Caramelized Apples

from ButterYum
makes 4 servings

Caramelized Apples:

  • 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice (gala, gingergold, honeycrisp, or any apple that won't turn mushy when cooked)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • pinch of fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Oatmeal:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

To make the Caramelized Apples:

  1. Place apples, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  
  2. Stir constantly until the apples are tender and well coated with the sauce that forms in the pan; about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; reserve until needed.

To make the Oatmeal:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the old fashioned oats, water, and salt.  
  2. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Divide oatmeal into 4 servings and top each with caramelized apples.  
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