KITCHEN SCOOP: Apple Pie Oatmeal

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Apple Pie Oatmeal

1 tablespoon butter
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
3 cups unsweetened apple juice or water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
1-1/2 cups whole oats (Old fashioned, not quick or instant)
1 tablespoon half and half

1. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add apple. Sauté for 2 minutes until apple pieces begin to soften. Add juice (or water if using), sugar, spice and salt if desired and bring to a boil; stir in oats.

2. Return to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes or until most of juice is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Let stand until desired consistency is reached and to cool slightly before serving.

Single Microwave serving: 3/4 teaspoon butter, ½ medium apple, peeled, cored and diced, 2/3 cups juice or water, ¾ teaspoon brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon Apple Pie Spice, pinch salt, 1/3 cup whole (old-fashioned oats).

Directions: In 2 cup microwaveable bowl, combine all ingredients. Microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until most of juice is absorbed. Watch carefully to prevent over spillage. Let stand to cool and achieve desired consistency.

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