Caramelized Apple Oatmeal

Today I’m one year older.


When I was young I thought 29 was really old. I was wrong. Really, really, wrong. At least that’s what I’m telling myself today.

Normally, I would bake myself a cake. Yes, bake myself a cake. That sounds so wrong, at least in my head. But I think if you’re a baker, you will totally understand this. No one dares make a cake for a baker, or worse yet, buy one. It’s the bakers dilemma. Always afraid to disappoint. Trust me, I think it’s the thought that counts. Now I really don’t mind, because I love to bake so much, but I have no time today. Tomorrow, I hop on a plane overseas for a few weeks to visit my husband’s family who I have yet to meet. He’s excited. I’m terrified.

So instead of a cake, I thought I would make myself a fancy breakfast. Yes, this is fancy, for me. I’m a smoothie, or protein shake for breakfast kind of girl. Real classy, I know. Honestly, this was so good. I enjoyed it immensely. And spending a few extra minutes in the kitchen this morning really helped to relieve some anxiety. Plus, taking pictures is one of my favourite things to do, so it was a little birthday treat; before the rest of the day is filled with hustle and bustle.

For the oatmeal, I made steel cut oats made with water and unsweetened almond milk, and a touch of cinnamon. The almond milk gives it a rich and creamy texture. Now, the star of the show really is the caramelized apples. I used a tart granny smith apple, with brown sugar, butter (obviously, it’s fancy right?), brandy (extra fancy), spices, and lots of lemon juice. The lemon juice brought a beautiful freshness, and added such a wonderful flavour and a little bit of tartness. My only regret, I didn’t make enough apples, they were so good!

Hope you all have a great day!


p.s I will be posting while I’m away, but likely only twice per week. I hope to sneak in a few pictures of my trip as well!

p.s.s. These apples would be amaze-balls on ice-cream. Just in case you were wondering.


Caramelized Apple Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Warm caramelized spiced apples over creamy steel cut oats.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk, soy, or water)
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats (or regular oats)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced (I used granny smith)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • 1 scant tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or rum *see note
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a large saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil. Add the steel cut oats, and cinnamon, reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally until creamy and cooked through. (Alternatively, cook according to package directions)
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat butter until melted, add the sliced apples and toss until coated with butter. Sprinkle with the sugar, cinnamon nutmeg, and stir. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the apples have softened. Add in the lemon juice, and brandy. Cook for an additional minute or two until the sauce is slightly reduced.
  3. Spoon the warm apples over the oatmeal and serve.


Cook oats according to package directions. If you don't want to use alcohol, substitute with juice, or apple cider.

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  • Stacy

    This was quite tasty! My kids loved it. I doubled the recipe, using rolled oats and skipping the lemon juice and brandy. Very, very good.

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Awesome!! So happy your family enjoyed it, Stacey!

  • christine

    I cut the butter and brown sugar in half and thought it was still sweet enough. Also, I used 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and the rest water. The nutrition info for this way is 286 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving

    • Christine

      oh, and I used apple juice instead of brandy. it was delicious!

  • Monro3

    Side question. Do you know where to find the flatware you have pictured?

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Monro3,

      Those are vintage/antique flatware that I picked up at an antique market, but not exactly sure where. Sorry!

      • Monro3

        Thanks Jessica. At the very least I know where to start and what to ask for.

        Thank you.

  • Cookie and Kate

    Happy belated birthday! I absolutely love this decadent yet healthy breakfast idea. Stunning photo, too.

  • Idea Fix

    Muitos parabéns! ; )

  • Sarah Klein

    This looks delicious!!

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks


  • Valerie

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful trip…Once you arrive I’m sure you will discover that all the anxiety will quickly disappear.
    I love that you make your own birthday cakes. (I do too!) It’s definitely a food-blogger quirk. 😀

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much Valerie!

  • baker-in-disguise

    Happy Birthday!! And I do really think.. an awesome breakfast is better than a cake.. I’d like the same for my birthday!! Have a good one!! :)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks


  • Robbin Risley

    Happy birthday! I’m turning 30 in a couple weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. The only thing that will ever make you old is worrying about being old :)

  • All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

    Many Happy Returns!

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Happy birthday, friend! I hope your day was filled with great company and lots and lots of cake! And this breakfast – amazing! I know it’s your birthday and all but can you bring by a bowl, please? :)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks, Chung-Ah! And, I would totally bring you a bowl :)

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous day! Love the oatmeal! :)

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks, Michelle!

  • Carrian@ohsweetbasil

    Happy Birthday Jessica! I know what breakfast we will be having tomorrow, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful 29th year, it is definitely young in my book!

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks Carrian!

  • Ashley Katsuyama

    Happy Birthday! I will be joining you in a month – so I totally agree, 29 is SO not old.

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks


  • Athena R

    Happy Birthday! These oats look amazing..can’t wait to try out the recipe.

    • Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks