Whenever fall comes around, someone inevitably has a tree exploding with apples. Besides making cider, our favorite thing to do with fall apples is make a big pot of simple, chunky, unsweetened applesauce. This simple and satisfying spiced apple oats recipe involves a simple, 5-minute homemade applesauce from fresh, in-season apples, and warming fall spices. No additional sweeteners needed!
- 1/4 cup oats of choice, 1 oz
- 2-3 apples, roughly diced, a few slices reserved for garnish
- Drizzle of peanut butter
- Sprinkle of nuts, try pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts
- Dollop of yogurt
- Splash of milk
- Tiny pinch of salt
- 1 tsp apple pie spice, or make your own, see notes
- Add the diced apples to a small saucepan over medium low heat. As they begin to cook down, mash with a fork or potato masher. If they are sticking and need help getting started, add water 1 Tbsp at a time.
- Stir in a generous dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice.
- Cook 5-10 minutes, to reach your desired consistency. Save the remainder for another breakfast or a snack, in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Cook your oats using your desired method – stovetop, microwave, Instant Pot, etc. Add a tiny pinch of salt and a generous dash of apple pie spice or cinnamon during cooking.
- Mix a big scoop of the warm applesauce into the oats.
- Garnish with nuts, your desired protein (see above), apple slices, and another dash of cinnamon.
- DIY Apple Pie Spice:
- 1.5 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp allspice
- For a gluten-free breakfast, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.