Apple Cobbler Oatmeal and CSN Review

It’s been a while since I’ve had a blogworthy breakfast. In fact, it’s been a while since I last posted. So I’m happy to share my latest morning invention with you: Apple Cobbler Oatmeal. I was testing this recipe out for another project I’m working on, but it was too good not to share with all of you. I love-love-loooooove apples. I eat one nearly every single day. Yes, even when they’re out of season and not local at all. It’s just non-negotiable. And since apples are on the dirty dozen list, I try to choose organic as much as possible. I rarely meet an apple I don’t like, except Red Delicious. And if you ask me what food I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island, my answer is a tie between apples and chips & salsa. Yes, I love apples. And now I love them with breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp crushed walnuts
  • ½ tsp Earth Balance
  • Splash of vanilla almond milk
  • A few dashes of cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

1. Cook oatmeal stovetop according to instructions with a pinch of salt, stirring consistently as it boils. Add diced apple about halfway through cooking.

2. Remove from stove and stir in brown sugar, walnuts, Earth Balance, milk, and cinnamon.

3. Enjoy a piping hot bowl of apple cobbler for breakfast.

In other news…many of you have seen some great promos from food bloggers with CSN Stores and I got the opportunity to work with them, too. The stores have been more than gracious to us bloggers, so I am excited to do a product review.

For those of you that aren’t too familiar with the company, they have over 200 stores and offer a variety of items – kitchen, living room, bath, you name it. You can find anything from a coffee table to an ice cream maker. And I think that ice cream maker is what I’m going to review.

One of those trendy new fat free, create-your-own fro-yo places opened up down the street and Funk is madly in love with it. He’s been stopping there on the way home from work eating fro-yo before dinner. I have never seen the boy enjoy dessert so much! So to spare our wallets and (my) waistline, and nix the dairy, I figured making my own non-dairy ice cream, sorbet (my fav) and frozen yogurt would be the next best thing. Every time I see Gina make her own, I wish I had my own ice cream maker! Usually I only like cold treats in the heat of summer, but once this is in the house, I can’t be so sure. Maybe some apple cinnamon ice cream is in store for Fall? I’ll report back soon with a review!

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