Microwave Baked Apple Oatmeal
2 apples 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 pinch black pepper 2 pats butter (one per apple) 2 servings cooked Irish Oatmeal 2 Tablespoons Greek (thick) plain yogurt Real Maple syrup, to taste
Microwave the apples 3-4 minutes or until just tender but not applesauce. While the apples are cooking make your favorite Irish oatmeal following the directions on the package, using real maple syrup as a sweetener. I like to use a smaller amount of water and then add milk just before taking it off the heat. You want the oatmeal to be fairly thick so it stays in the apple. Put the oatmeal into the hole in each apple, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and optionally drizzle with maple syrup.
Alternate cooking method using stovetop only: Melt the butter in a medium size saucepan. Chop the apples (you can leave the skin on) into small chunks and sauté in the butter until they start to soften. Do not overcook or the apples will turn to mush by the time the oatmeal is done. Add the brown sugar mixture and stir to coat. Add the liquid ingredients you want to cook the oatmeal in, bring to a boil then add the oatmeal and cook for the desired amount of time. Add maple syrup, stir and put in bowls. Top with a dollup of plain Greek yogurt.
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