½ cup old fashioned or steel cut oats (see Chef’s Note)
1 cup water
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Deglet Noor dates or 1 Medjool date, pitted, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
¼ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract (or pure vanilla bean powder)
Place the oats and water into small pot and bring to gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the apples, ground cinnamon, and chopped dates. Add additional water if desired to adjust consistency. When oatmeal and apples are heated through, remove from heat and stir in the walnuts and vanilla.
Chef’s note: If using steel cut oats, double the amount of water and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.