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Lazy Girl’s Apple Spice Oatmeal

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A five-ingredient, 15-minute bowl of vegan Apple Spice Oatmeal that requires minimal effort for an easy and delicious breakfast.

apple spice oatmeal 4Now that I have finally become a hot oatmeal lover after 26 years, I cannot get enough of it!  I have been loving it with pumpkin, with chocolate, with bananas, and now… with apples!

apple spice oatmeal 2But if you think that I am taking the extra time to peel and dice apples (yeeeesh, I know it only takes a couple of minutes), you are wrong!  When my eyes are partly glazed over and I have barely made it out of bed, quick and simple is the only way to go.  Of course, it is not worth being quick and simple if it isn’t delicious, too!  I’ve gotcha’ covered on both of those requirements with this one.

apple spice oatmeal 7Instead of getting elaborate with our oats this morning, let’s keep things simple.  Let’s keep things to five required ingredients all while being healthy, warm, comforting, and beyond appetizing.  These aren’t restaurant oats, or fancy oats, or complicated oats.  These are my Lazy Girl’s oats.

In this case, lazy does not = bad.

apple spice oatmeal 3Lazy Girl’s Apple Spice Oatmeal

Serves 2


2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened natural or cinnamon applesauce (I use the individual 4 oz cups from Trader Joe’s to avoid measuring)
1/2 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon, depending on your taste
1/4 cup golden raisins (regular raisins work, too)
1 cup quick oats (can use rolled oats but will require a longer cooking time)
nut butter, chopped apples, nuts, and/or additional raisins for topping, optional


1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together milk, apple sauce, cinnamon, and raisins.  Heat over medium-high heat for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until it comes to a low boil.

2. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low.  Stir in oats.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.  Stir every couple of minutes to prevent sticking.

3. Serve oats hot in your favorite bowl.  Top with desired oatmeal toppings.

I ate my oats with Trader Joe’s crunchy salted peanut butter with flax and chia seeds + golden raisins

apple spice oatmealSure, this oatmeal is delicious on its own.  But let’s be real here.  The nut butter paired with a hint of sweetness (from apples, raisins, coconut, or chocolate) totally makes it.  I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of pretending like I am eating dessert for breakfast.

apple spice oatmeal 5This oatmeal is:

Easy peasy
Spicey (in the cinnamon way)
Perfect with a warm blanket and a good book <– I wouldn’t complain about a fire and/or candles, too!

apple spice oatmeal 6Go dig your spoon into a bowl of this.

Hot Cocoa OatmealAnd in case Apple Spice Oatmeal isn’t your thing… try my vegan Hot Cocoa Oatmeal!  Or both!  Just probably not at the same time.

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  • Jessie December 30, 2014, 3:19 am
    I'm always extremely energized first thing in the morning - but not having to chop up apples is perfect. I'm all for easy :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 9:42 am
      Yes! I am always SO hungry when I first wake up, so I like my breakfast to be QUICK!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 30, 2014, 7:00 am
    We need to be best friends....and have breakfast together everyday ;) This is why breakfast will always be the ultimate meal. Sorry lunch, dinner, and dessert...but breakfast just wins every time!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 9:44 am
      I have to admit that I think breakfast is my favorite too! That is probably why I also LOVE brinner! ;)
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt December 30, 2014, 7:53 am
    YUM!!! I need to try this! Happy New Year! Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...Reflections & Top 14 of 2014My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 9:45 am
      Thanks so much, Julie! I hope your New Year is great, too!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog December 30, 2014, 9:44 am
    This looks delicious! I always forget about oatmeal for breakfast and usually end up eating it for dinner instead. It's so filling. That hot cocoa version looks pretty amazing as well... =)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 9:46 am
      I have never tried eating oatmeal for dinner, but I do LOVE brinner so I'll have to try that out!
  • Linda @ Veganosity December 30, 2014, 10:02 am
    This looks like a good alternative to my morning smoothie, especially since it's supposed to get really cold in the Chicago area this week. Thanks! Linda @ Veganosity recently posted...Vegan Caramelized Onion and Asparagus CupsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 2:03 pm
      It absolutely would be! I definitely drink smoothies even when it is freeeeezing cold outside, but oats totally hit the spot on chilly days!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul December 30, 2014, 11:02 am
    Yum! This sounds fabulous!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 2:04 pm
      Thanks, Erin! It is pretty darn delicious... though I might be biased! ;)
  • Dana | fresh simple five December 30, 2014, 11:02 am
    Using applesauce for the apple flavor is an awesome idea! I'd guess it makes the oatmeal creamier too. Looks delicious! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...Grandma’s Sugar CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 2:05 pm
      It most definitely makes it creamier! You really cannot be extra easy AND extra delicious!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health December 30, 2014, 2:04 pm
    Well we're on the same page because I have an easy oatmeal recipe coming up on my blog soon too! It's the perfect breakfast for this time of year- so warm and comforting. I love your apple spice version! I'll have give that one a try next! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Best of 2014 + $100 Reader Survey GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 2:06 pm
      Great minds think a like, don't they? ;) You are right. It doesn't get much better than easy oatmeal on freezing cold mornings. Sometimes that is the only thing that will get me out of bed in the morning!
  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 30, 2014, 3:11 pm
    Love that you used applesauce. So insanely quick and easy! Christina @ The Beautiful Balance recently posted...Happy First Birthday to Puma!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 30, 2014, 3:52 pm
      It is SO easy and delicious... and the best part is how tasty it is!
  • Farrah December 30, 2014, 5:40 pm
    This looks awesome! <3 Our theme this week for Foodie Friday is Oatmeal! <3 Would love to have you link up with us then! :P Farrah recently posted...Fish Taco BowlMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 31, 2014, 9:42 am
      Ooo, thanks for the heads up! What great timing!
  • Dana December 30, 2014, 6:53 pm
    I wish I'd read this post this morning! I was having a major dilemma of not knowing what I wanted for breakfast - I was out of town until Sunday and was too lazy to shop! This would have been a good side dish to the cheesy hash browns I made which were not fully satisfying.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 31, 2014, 9:43 am
      Ahh, bummer on the timing! But there is always next time, right? ;)
  • Miss Polkadot December 31, 2014, 12:56 am
    Oatmeal - or better yet: oat bran! - is among my top five foods. I'm not usually one to agree with saying things like this but yes, while not true dessert I find some bowls seriously satisfy that craving for something warm and sweet. Sssh, there were several evenings before when I'd eaten dessert but -needed- my oat bran to feel truly fullfilled food-wise :) . Your Apple spice version sounds delicious. Now if only I could find golden raisins. Miss Polkadot recently posted...That time there was no Christmas tree [Holiday recap]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 31, 2014, 9:44 am
      Thank you! It is definitely a favorite of mine. It took me a long time to like oatmeal, but I am so glad that I finally came around! I wish you could find golden raisins, too! They are amaaazing. I think I like them better than just regular raisins!
  • Deryn @ Running on Real Food January 5, 2015, 9:10 pm
    Oh, I love my oatmeal too. I eat it every week day at least, there are so many ways to make it you never get bored! Lately I've been loving almond butter, coconut and cherries. This sounds delicious...I've never added applesauce to oats before, I'll have to give it a try :) Also, I wouldn't call these lazy oats..I don't even cook mine anymore, I just throw 'em in a container with my add-ins before the gym and then eat them cold when I get to work. Now that is lazy!! Deryn @ Running on Real Food recently posted...12 Easy Ways to Have the Best Day Ever Every DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 5, 2015, 9:31 pm
      Ahh, nice!! I love making overnight oats and eating them cold, but I am LOVING hot oats now that the weather is so cold. AB, coconut, and cherries sounds like a killer combination!

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