Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal is a hearty, perfectly sweetened, Fall inspired breakfast that your entire family will love.
The other day I couldn’t figure out what to make for breakfast. I wasn’t in the mood for something savory like eggs benedict or huevos rancheros. I hadn’t planned ahead in time to make a stuffed french toast. I still have an abundant amount of honeycrisp apples in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator despite already having made vanilla bean honeycrisp applesauce, apple compote cheesecake, and applesauce muffins. Then it hit me… one of the easiest breakfasts I’ve ever made that is also one of my favorites was my salted caramel steel cut oats. I figured, why not deck this recipe out a bit and make it a bit more suitable for fall. BAM! That’s how this salted caramel apple oatmeal was born.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think you have to put hot and bubbly salted brown sugar on something to make it taste good. But I’d like to ask you this: why would you not? The oatmeal tastes great without it, but it tastes extraordinary with that sweet and salty layer on top. Add a dollop of freshly whipped heavy whipping cream and you’ll find yourself saying “shut the front door – that is GOOD”.
So there you have it. A super easy to make Fall inspired breakfast. Nothing Earth shattering here. Just good food.
Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups water
- 1 large apple peeled, seeded, and diced (honeycrisp recommended)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- whipped cream optional
In a medium pot, boil oats and salt in water over high heat. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and add half of the diced apple as well as the pumpkin pie spice. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal thickens, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining apple and walnuts.
Spoon oatmeal into four ramekins and sprinkle brown sugar with a large pinch of kosher salt on top of each serving. Broil under high heat just until all of the sugar melts and bubbles, about 5 minutes.
Serve immediately with a dollop of heavy whipping cream, if desired.