Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal

Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-9Sergi and I both love oatmeal for breakfast and it turns out that Nathaniel loves oatmeal too. I can’t spoon it fast enough into his mouth. While he still has a full mouth, he’s already grunting at me to get him another spoonful. I love that I can make a large portion of oatmeal and then reheat it another morning. It’s a perfect breakfast when you’re in a hurry.

Now that autumn is here, I wanted to make a fall appropriate topping, so instead of the Bananas Foster topping that I usually make, I used my go-to recipe and made it with a whole different spin. What could be more fitting than butternut squash and apples? You can also use pumpkin instead of the butternut squash and if you want to make this even more special, stir in some pureed cooked pumpkin too and your oatmeal will taste like pumpkin pie. 
Ingredients:

Oatmeal:

3 cups water

1 cup milk

1 Tbsp butter

1 1/3 cup steel cut oats (you can use old fashioned oats too)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Butternut Squash and Apple Topping:

1 1/2 Tablespoons butter

1 1/2 – 2 cups chopped butternut squash

2 cups chopped apples (about 2)

maple syrup, to taste (about 1/4 cup for me)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-1Pour the water and milk into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium low heat. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and add the oats. Stir to combine and cook for about 1-2 minutes, just until the oats start to smell nutty. Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-2Add the oats and salt to the hot liquid in the saucepan, stirring to combine. Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-3Cook, covered, at a simmer, for about 20 min. Uncover and cook for another 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are soft. If you are using old fashioned oats, they will cook much quicker. If you want the oatmeal to be thinner, add a little bit more water or milk.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-8While the oatmeal is cooking, in the same skillet that you used previously, melt the butter and then add the butternut squash. (You can also use pumpkin.) Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the butternut squash softens around the edges. Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-4Add the apple and cook for another 5-7 minutes until both the butternut squash and the apple are cooked through. Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-5Pour in the maple syrup, stir to combine and cook until the syrup is hot. You can use brown sugar instead of the syrup to sweeten the oatmeal. Off the heat, add the cinnamon and the vanilla. Serve this as a topping over the cooked oatmeal, or stir it into the oatmeal and mix until it’s evenly distributed.

Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-6The oatmeal can be reheated, so if you have a really easy breakfast ready for the next day, just heat it up in the microwave or in a saucepan. (You may want to add a little bit more water or milk, since the oatmeal will get thicker as it stands.)

To make this oatmeal even more special, you can add about 1/2 cup pureed canned pumpkin to the oatmeal as soon as it’s done cooking and then add the topping as well.Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal-9

Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
Oatmeal:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1⅓ cup steel cut oats (you can use old fashioned oats too)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Butternut Squash and Apple Topping:
  • 1½ Tablespoons butter
  • 1½ - 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 2 cups chopped apples (about 2)
  • maple syrup, to taste (about ¼ cup for me)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pour the water and milk into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and add the oats. Stir to combine and cook for about 1-2 minutes, just until the oats start to smell nutty.
  3. Add the oats and salt to the hot liquid in the saucepan, stirring to combine. Cook, covered, at a simmer, for about 20 min.
  4. Uncover and cook for another 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are soft. If you are using old fashioned oats, they will cook much quicker.
  5. While the oatmeal is cooking, in the same skillet that you used previously, melt the butter and then add the butternut squash. (You can also use pumpkin.) Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the butternut squash softens around the edges.
  6. Add the apple and cook for another 5-7 minutes until both the butternut squash and the apple are cooked through.
  7. Pour in the maple syrup, stir to combine and cook until the syrup is hot. You can use brown sugar instead of the syrup to sweeten the oatmeal.
  8. Off the heat, add the cinnamon and the vanilla. Serve this as a topping over the cooked oatmeal, or stir it into the oatmeal and mix until it's evenly distributed.
  9. The oatmeal can be reheated, so if you have a really easy breakfast ready for the next day, just heat it up in the microwave or in a saucepan. (You may want to add a little bit more water or milk, since the oatmeal will get thicker as it stands.)
  10. To make this oatmeal even more special, you can add about ½ cup pureed canned pumpkin to the oatmeal as soon as it's done cooking and then add the topping as well.

5 Comments

  • Olga

    Hi Olga,
    Isn’t it too much butter for the topping? I mean 1 &1/2cup of butter sounds a bit wrong for healthy breakfast.
    And you really give this oatmeal to Nataniel, isn’t he still on baby type of food?

  • Valya @ Valya' s Taste of Home

    Olga I think you mentioned somewhere that Nataniel is 7 months already? If I’m right, than he is old enough to enjoy this healthy homemade oatmeal! My 10th child is only 3 months, pretty experienced mom, I would say. If Nataniel would be 3 months like mine, eating this oatmeal, that would be a different story. You are doing great job! Plus, as a nurse, you know and can teach some people how and when to feed infants. Good job feeding infant home made healthy oatmeal Olga!!! 🙂

    • olgak7

      You can use old-fashioned oats too, but the oatmeal will turn out thinner. I usually add a little bit less liquid to the old-fashioned oats, since they cook much faster and the liquid doesn’t have as much time to reduce. Steel cut oats also absorb more liquid into them.

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