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I love drinking protein- packed smoothies for breakfast in the summertime. But when winter comes? Not so much. I want something to warm up my insides, not turn me into a snowman from the inside out. Oatmeal is a warm and comforting alternative to a smoothie, and this Apple Butter Oatmeal recipe does the trick oh, so deliciously.
For this recipe, I used Quick 1-Minute style Quaker® Oats. Follow directions on the box for making 1 serving of oatmeal. (Try unsweetened coconut or almond milk instead of water.) Let cool slightly, then stir in one tablespoon unflavored protein powder if desired.
NOTE: If you’re including protein powder, don’t add it while cooking the oatmeal. It just might turn into a lumpy mess- don’t ask me how I know.
Add about two tablespoons each of apple butter, dried cranberries, and pecans.
The apple butter gives the oatmeal just enough spicy sweetness. The dried cranberries add a little tang, and the pecans provide a little crunch. It’s a perfect storm of flavors and textures.
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- 1 Cup water or milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk.)
- 1/2 Cup Quaker 1-Minute Oats
- 1 Tablespoon unflavored protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons apple butter
- 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 Tablespoons pecans, chopped
- Prepare oatmeal according to directions on container.
- Cool slightly, then stir in protein powder.
- Top with apple butter, dried cranberries, and pecans.
What is your favorite way to spice up a hot bowl of oatmeal?