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Healthy Kids Cook: Apple Pie Morning Oatmeal

Published on: September 15, 2014

ParentMap and PCC Natural Markets have partnered to produce an exciting web series called Healthy Kids Cook, designed to encourage families to make a healthy habit of cooking fresh food together in the kitchen. In this season’s Healthy Kids Cook, we’re focusing on quick and easy meals that you and your family will love making at home. Each month, Chef Jackie Freeman hosts families in the PCC kitchen to create a quick, filling, fresh and fun recipe featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

Hearty and healthy steel-cut oats are cooked with almond milk and served with sweet, caramelized apples.

Serves 4

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored and sliced into wedges)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Bring water and almond milk to a boil in a medium pot. Stir in oats and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apple slices and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar. Reduce heat to low and cook until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

When oats are creamy and tender, stir in remaining sugar, flax or chia seeds, vanilla and cinnamon. Divide between four bowls, top with apples and serve immediately.

Recipe by Jackie Freeman, PCC Chef

Each serving: 240 cal, 7g fat (2.5g sat), 10mg chol, 220mg sodium, 43g carb, 5g fiber, 13g sugars, 7g protein

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