Fresh apple simmered into this oatmeal lends a natural sweetness so you don’t have to add extra sugar. Sprinkling cinnamon on at the end instead of cooking it in gives the oatmeal a bright spice flavor that mellows with the residual heat of the porridge.
Combine the oats, salt and 1¼ cups cold water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, core the apple and thinly slice half and dice the other half.
Stir the diced apple into the oats and continue cooking until the apple has softened but the pieces hold their shape and the oats are tender and the mixture creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle the cinnamon on top and garnish with the apple slices. Serve hot.
Walnut Apple Oatmeal: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts on top of the oatmeal before serving.
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