Fact – I am allergic to raw apples. I don’t think my mom believed me for the longest time because she would put a plate of sliced apples in front of me… she just thought I hated apples.
Eventually she realized I was, indeed, allergic to apples, and started boiling them for me which would yield applesauce. Cooked apples is not an issue for me.
As soon as I eat a raw apple, my heart rate shoots up, my throat gets scratchy, I feel dizzy and nauseous. I’ve tried regular apples, granny smith apples, organic apples, you name it, nothing works!
Thankfully though, I am not allergic to applesauce or apple pie for that matter, because we all know how much I love Mrs. Smith’s Apple Pie despite all the preservatives.
Today I decided to make Apple Pecan Pie Oatmeal using regular unsweetened applesauce. It tasted very similar to apple pie without all the necessary fat. Here goes…
NUTRITION: Applesauce is a great source of Fiber and Vitamin C. Oats help reduce cholesterol and are a good source of protein and fiber. Milk is an excellent source of Protein and Calcium. Pecans contain natural antioxidants and are heart-healthy nuts known to lower cholesterol. Chia Seeds is a super food and an excellent source of Fiber, Protein, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Antioxidants.
- Old-Fashioned Oats – 1/3 cup
- Milk 1% Low Fat – 1/3 cup
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Musselman’s Natural, Unsweetened Applesauce – 1/3 cup
- Vanilla Extract – 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
- Nutmeg – just a pinch
- Chia Seeds – 1 tsp
- Pure Maple Syrup – 1 to 2 tsp
- Pecans – 5 to 6 (roughly chopped)
1. In a small pot, heat the oats, milk, and water on low-medium heat.
2. Add the applesauce.
3. Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir and bring to a boil – a few minutes.
4. Once heated thru, add chia seeds and maple syrup to taste.
5. Pour into a serving bowl.
6. Top with pecans and breakfast is served. You can also take this one step further and top it off with Greek Yogurt for some extra indulgence.