Awesome Apple Oatmeal

Start your day off right with this easy to make, heart-healthy breakfast grain which stars apple, banana and dried fruit to add natural sweetness. (Note: we made this recipe with Trader Joe’s Oven Toasted Old Fashioned Organic Oats with a cooking time of 5-7 minutes; and also with their Gluten Free Rolled Oats version with a cooking time of 15-20 minutes.)

1 cup oats
1 apple
1 banana
1/4 cup dried raisins and/or cranberries
4 cups water
1/4 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 Tsp ground nutmeg

Optional Toppings:
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Dollop of plain yogurt
Milk, almond or soy milk

Cut apple into quarters and remove core, peel banana and chop both into 1″ pieces. In a large saucepan add water and salt and bring to a boil. Add oats and all ingredients, return to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook on low for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in bowls with optional toppings.

Serves 4