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Wintertime Wonders: Apple Pie Oatmeal

Oatmeal.

You either love oatmeal, or you hate it. It's either a mushy bowl of pleh, or it's a creamy, smooth, comforting bowl of warmth in these cold and frigid winter months.
Your view of oatmeal often depends on what kind you eat; whether it be that nasty instant kind that turns into a gummy soup, or if you make your own from hearty rolled or steel cut oats and add all of your own yummy flavors and toppings.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I love oatmeal, but only REAL oatmeal.
Many people have begun viewing oatmeal as a kind of specialty food, the kind that you go to your local coffee shop and pay 5 dollars for, and end up with a tiny bowl of 'steel cut oatmeal' that usually has a blueberry or two dotted on top.
Making your own oatmeal REALLY ISN'T THAT HARD, and only takes a few minutes out of your day. 
So please, throw away the tiny packet of instant oats and get yourself some REAL oats instead.
You won't be sorry.
New favorite comfort food? Possibly.
Nutritious? Definitely-
Delicious? Absolutely.
 
APPLE PIE OATMEAL-
Ingredients:
Half of a banana (mashed)
1 apple, diced
Half of a cup of rolled oats
1 cup almond milk (you can sub. in the liquid of your choice here, whether you're a fan of milk for a creamy texture or water for a more pasty texture, or a combo of the two!)
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground clove
1/4 Ground allspice
Pinch of salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice, and amount of your choice~ this is up to you, more sweetener=sweeter oatmeal, duh)
 
TOPPINGS (optional)
Diced apple
Sliced banana
Roasted walnuts
Roasted pecans
More cinnamon
Brown sugar
Maple syrup
THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESSSSSS
 
Instructions:
1) Bring your cup of milk/liquid to a boil over medium high heat
2) Reduce heat to medium and add your oats, banana, apple and pinch of salt
3) Stir and let cook for 1-2 minutes before adding your seasonings and vanilla (and sweetener, if using)
4) Let cook at least another 4-10 minutes~ until the consistency is to your liking
5) Serve in a nice bowl and add any toppings you want!