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Apple Pie Oatmeal, Healthy and Super Yummy

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Oatmeal is hearty, super healthy, fiber rich and just plain good…Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is endless!  Apple pie oatmeal is my favorite way to eat oatmeal these days! Each serving has 239 calories, 6 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  Here’s an oatmeal recipe the whole family will enjoy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


Ingredients

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1½ cups apples, peeled and chopped, such as Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 packages Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, see shopping tip

3 tablespoons water

1 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal, such as Quaker (for gluten-free, use gluten-free oats)

1¾ cups water

⅓-½ cup fat-free milk, to taste and desired consistency

1 package Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute

¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Instructions

1. In a small nonstick pan, melt butter.  Stir in apples, cinnamon and sugar substitute. Add 3 tablespoons water and mix well.  Cook over medium-low heat, string often until apples are softened, about 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, cook oatmeal according to package directions but no need to add salt.

3. When apples are ready, mix into cooked oatmeal.  Stir in milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 package sugar substitute.  Continue to cook on low heat until hot.

Makes 2 servings (each serving, 1⅓ cups)


Healthy Benefits

There is 25 years of clinical proof to show that the soluble fiber in rolled oats can help lower cholesterol, which has obvious benefits for the heart.

Research has linked cinnamon with helping to reduced blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type-2 diabetes.

Apples are loaded with fiber and contain both vitamins A and C.


Shopping Tip

Truvia (stevia) is my favorite sugar substitute. It’s all natural and comes from the stevia plant. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the baking aisle where sugar and other sugar substitutes are displayed.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1⅓ cups)
239 calories 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 5g protein, 44g carbs, 8g fiber, 53mg sodium, 11g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
184 calories, 1g sat. fat, 1g sugar, 5g protein