Easy competition

Lately, it seems as though every time I turn on the TV, I’m inundated by commercials for McDonald’s new fruit and maple oatmeal.

On one hand, I’m all for people realizing the deliciousness of oatmeal. On the other hand, I don’t know if including ingredients such as “food starch-modified,” “carrageenan” and “datem” is a good thing β€” Heck, I don’t even know what those things mean!

That’s why, when I make my own oatmeal, I like to keep it simple with wholesome ingredients while also making it delicious with combinations of fresh fruit, baked fruit and real maple syrup.

Move over McDonald’s…

Fruit and Maple Oatmeal


  • 2/3 C oatmeal
  • 2/3 C water
  • 2/3 C soy milk (or skim milk)
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • One apple, diced
  • 1/4 C dried cranberries
  • 2 T + 2 t real maple syrup

Note: Serves two.


  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a simmer. Stir in the dash of salt, then stir in the oats.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Cook oats, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. During this time, dice up the apples.
  • Remove oats from heat, stir with cinnamon and 2 T of maple syrup. Divide between two bowls.
  • In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, combine half of the diced apples with 2 t of maple syrup. Cover the bowl and cook for 1-2 minutes, until apples are tender.
  • Divide the baked apples, fresh apples and dried cranberries between the two bowls.

Although I might not be an expert at making Big Mac’s or McFlurries, I can sure handle the oatmeal. So, word to the wise: Stick to what you know.


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