Have you ever been so absorbed with a task that you forget to eat, and then you suddenly realize you are ravenous? Well, this is a frequent occurrence in the life of our little toddler, who would much rather play than eat. I don’t know if you have ever experienced a hunger induced meltdown from a little person. It’s not a pretty sight, but it’s understandable. I get hangry too. Therefore, I need a few quick meals in my back pocket for times like this.
Oatmeal has always been a good go to option when the little guy is hungry, as it is both easy and filling. I used to regularly grab the pre-packaged apple cinnamon packets, which are delicious, and also loaded with sugar. Now, we are not a sugar free family, and I certainly enjoy baking and sharing the treats with the family. That being said, I do try to keep a bit of an eye of how much sugar he is getting. Some days are better than others, but I try.
One day, I noticed that I had a container of quick cook oats in the pantry. I normally use these for my homemade granola, but I realized that I had never used them to make oatmeal. Why not? These quick cook oats are much healthier than the sugar laden pre-packaged oatmeal packs. Well, I followed the instructions on the back of the container, and I had delicious oatmeal in about a minute.
However, the toddler man was not impressed with this new oatmeal, so I realized I would have to doctor it up a bit. I put some cinnamon in it, which was pretty good, but it still was not enough for him. I ended up eating all of the oatmeal myself that day, and I forgot about the healthier oatmeal for a while.
Some time later, I was making my apple compote for the boy, and I remembered the healthy oatmeal. Why couldn’t I just make my own apple cinnamon oatmeal? Well, I combined the apple compote and the healthy oatmeal, and was pretty good. Better yet, the little toddler loved it. It’s a hearty, healthy, and easy meal. That is a parenting win if you ask me.
The directions for this meal are more like a step by step guide rather than a recipe. It’s not a detailed list of ingredients, but sometimes simple ideas are the best ones. Since I have had so much success with it, I felt like this was worth passing on, and here it is.
- Quick Cook Oats
- 1-2 Apples
- Coconut Oil
- Put a dollop of coconut oil into a skillet over medium heat
- Dice apple into bite size pieces and put into a skillet
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
- Cook down until apples are soft and the juices have been released
- Set aside and allow to cool
- Microwave oatmeal as per directions on the container
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste while it cools
- Combine apple compote with oatmeal and add additional cinnamon if needed
There you have it — a delicious, hearty, and easy recipe! It’s great for breakfast, lunch, or maybe even a quick dinner. This recipe is easily customizable, with the amounts of spice or even the type of fruit. If you make it, I hope you enjoy it 🙂