Oh-So-Good Oatmeal Recipe
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Oh-So-Good Oatmeal Recipe

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“Add extra nutrition to fiber-rich oatmeal by adding chopped apple with the peel and chopped almonds. My two boys demand seconds!” At 1-1/2 cups per serving, it's hearty and filling; and at zero cholesterol, what's not to love? Danielle Pepa - Elgin, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium tart apples, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • Maple syrup and/or fat-free milk, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 245 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the apples, oats and salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with almonds. Serve with maple syrup and/or milk if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Oh-So-Good Oatmeal in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p12

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WolfFeder3920 User ID: 8064428 220169
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"Very easy to make, and the apples get a delicious taste, like they were roasted over the fire.

I made it for myself this morning and really enjoyed it!"

chocoloco User ID: 1876593 164088
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"Great alternative to McDonald's oatmeal! Next time I may add dried cranberries!"

kitchenmouseof5 User ID: 3358765 103072
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"we loved this but did add a little more brown sugar to make a little sweeter."

Dodger205 User ID: 5863995 210192
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"I have been looking for an oatmeal recipe that I didn't have to stand at the stove stirring for a long time. This one is easy, fast and delicious. I didn't have apples so I substituted bananas. The bananas added sweetness, so I think I will reduce or eliminate the sugar next time. Definitely a keeper"

GoodLuckBear User ID: 5560592 158915
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"My brother showed me a variation of this recipe that we all really like. He buys blueberries when they are in season and freezes enough to last him through the winter. He adds blueberries and chopped walnuts to the oatmeal. Blueberries have the highest concentration of vitamin C than any other fruit including oranges. Having fresh blueberries in the middle of winter is a real boost."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 95174
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Two thumbs up!"

Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 175566
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I don't like gooey oatmel and so I do not use quick cooking oats. I use Old Fashioned Oats. Another thing Is I add the Oatmeal at the end and cover and allow it to just absorb the liquid before eating it. I started this recipe by replacing half of the water with non-fat milk. I chopped the apples down to about 1/4 inch size. In the milk/water mixture I added the apples, and salt and cooked on low heat till the apples had softened to desired tnederness which was less than 5 mins. I removed from heat, added the Brn Sugar which I replaced with Splenda Light Brn Sugar, Grnd Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, and sliced almonds. Stirred to cmbine and then added the Oats, stirred once to cover with liquid and then put the cover on and allowed the micxture to stand for between 5 and 10 mins to absorb the liquid. After I put it in the bowl I added a few Tbsps of warm non-fat milk and enjoyed it. I've since made it with Dried Craisin's, (Dried Cranberries), chopped dried Apricots and with Orange wedges cut up, 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice and a tbsp of grated orange peel for varioation all turned out great.I don't care for blueberies but they are probably good also. It was also very good topped with fresh strawberries cut up. I also added 1 heaping Tbsp of Ground Flaxseed to the dry ingredients for the nutty flavor and the Omega-3 from the Ground seed. If they are not ground you don't get any benefit. I ground them in a coffee grinder, and store in the refrigerator in a sealed baggie."

MissElphe User ID: 6014426 161759
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"loved it! it's just me and my husband at my house, and i usually half the recipe and it's just right for both of us!"

FromMe User ID: 5155543 164087
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I have been looking for an oatmeal recipe that I liked and this is it. I loved the flavors and the crunch of the apple and nuts. Will definately make this again and see what fruits/nuts will taste just as good. Love it!"

chicky504 User ID: 1346426 175689
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This is SO delicious!!"

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