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Creamy, Cozy Harvest Oatmeal

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Another recipe that uses the blender/food-processor/hand-blender technique:

Creamy & Cozy Oatmeal

1/2 cup rolled oats (or one serving of your grain of choice; the photo is of whole-grain Cream of Wheat)
1 container applesauce (the little 113gram containers, not one entire jar!)
½ tsp cinnamon
milk of choice (I use almond milk)
dash salt
Other optional ingredients that might be nice:
raisins, dates, nuts, chocolate… oops, how’d that last one sneak onto the list?!

Cook up a serving of oatmeal, using milk of choice in place of the water. Add the applesauce and cinnamon to the cooked oatmeal, and mix together. You could stop here, and it’d taste delicious… BUT if you *really* want to experience oatmeal nirvana, take this next step: Using a hand-blender (or transferring the mixture to a regular blender or food processor), blend all the ingredients together. The resulting oatmeal is so super-creamy it’s amazing!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. magpie says:

    Sounds delicious. Love the CoW – I still have to go out and buy the whole grain kind.

  2. shellyfish says:

    Cream of Wheat was one of my favorite cereals when I was little – I’m so bitter I didn’t bring some back to France with me!! It’s so yummy!

  3. Lisa says:

    Yum! I need to try the whole wheat CoW too. And I have a quart of homemade applesauce in the freezer – maybe it’s time to put it to good use…

  4. Lauren says:

    wow..i need to get on this hand blender technique! the oatmeal looks soo scrumptious. :)

  5. Gina says:

    that’s such a great idea!!! i didn’t even know they made whole grain cream of wheat!!! do i live under a rock? yes, i do. the name of that rock is valdosta, ga where they get all of the “cool stuff” about 3 years after it comes out. haha
    happy humpday ccv 😀

  6. Meg says:

    I think I would have to do this with the Cream of Wheat. Love the texture!!!!
    I will have to try the whole grain version!

  7. River says:

    YUM! It looks so creamy and comforting!

    I hereby declare you the queen of Oatmeal and Cream of Wheat!

  8. jessy says:

    creamy + cozy?! yes please!

    thanks, CCV! 😀

  9. vegalicious says:

    Believe it or not, after all the oatmeal I’ve eaten, I still haven’t tried applesauce oatmeal. Yours looks so good, now I’m going to make some!

  10. Joanna says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a great bday, besides going to class all day : /

    I’ve never had Cream of Wheat before. I need to get some and through it in the food processor. My blender is terrible!

  11. shelby says:

    I need to try blending my cereals, mmm this recipe looks delish!

  12. Danielle says:

    Mmmmm! Btw, thanks so much for revealing your secret to creamy grains. My host family actually has one and now I’ve got so many new things to use it for! I hope they don’t mind 😉

  13. erica says:

    wow, this looks SO GOOD! Add a handful of walnuts and a spoonful of peanut butter and I’m sold!

  14. Animal-Friendly says:

    Yummy! That sounds awesome and perfect for the fall weather!

  15. Andrea says:

    i’ve never tried applesauce in my oatmeal but paired with cinnamon and creamy almond milk sounds so freakin good!!! 😀

    i love the word ‘cozy’ too!! and i love that chocolate just crept its way onto the list 😉 that happens to me far too often lol

  16. Andrea says:

    i’ve never tried applesauce in my oatmeal but paired with cinnamon and creamy almond milk sounds so freakin good!!! 😀

    i love the word ‘cozy’ too!! and i love that chocolate just crept its way onto the list 😉 that happens to me far too often lol

  17. Brooke says:

    Katie, you will become addicted to GG! It is so girly and mindlessly fun to watch!

    I’m going to try your harvest oatmeal (only with oat bran) for breakfst tomorrow. It sounds so perfect for fall! I can’t wait to make it with homemade applesauce, but that will have to wait until I pick apples :)

  18. Nazarina A says:

    Cream of wheat is my favorite as well and recently I have switched from dairy to rice milk. Your bowl of goodness is beckoning me to prepare it! I have a hand held blender so all I need is the whole wheat COW and I shall set your plan into motion!!!

  19. Tara says:

    I gotta get one of these hand gadgets again! I had one when we were living in Scotland because I used to puree all my soups like that. I think your idea to use it with oatmeal is brilliant! Yummy…and coming into cooler weather (hopefully)..I will be eating a lot more hot breakfasts.

  20. Ricki says:

    Another great way to enjoy my favorite breakfast cereal! :)

  21. Nikki Douglas says:

    While I like Cream of What – I just am not feeling this one. Though it is funny to imagine you with your hand-blender – I know how fun those are – I just want to blend everything when I get mine out!

  22. mad about udon says:

    A whole container of applesauce? Like, a whole jar? Or do you mean those little single-serving cups? In any case, it looks so yummy and comforting :-)

  23. eatingbender says:

    Wow, that is so cool! I definitely need to try this out! Oh, and I’m all for chocolate sneaking in anything and everything :o)

  24. Vaala says:

    Man, I’m actually feeling a bit guilty I didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast today (can I restart the day and try again?!)! You make it look (and sound) so delicious!!

  25. tofufreak says:

    yay for fall and all things harvest-y hehe ^_^

  26. lighterportions says:

    That sounds awesome. I really want to get a hand blender. SO much more convenient. And I just looove my stuff creamy.

  27. jelymo says:

    i haven’t had CoW in years.

  28. Bianca says:

    Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint. Forever in debt to your priceless adviiiccceee…your adviiiicccee…sorry your nirvana comment got Smells Like Teen Spirit stuck in my head.

    Anyway, I love how so many of your recipes start with “Little Vegan.” You should make a Little Vegan cookzine. It’d be so cute.

  29. Brooke says:

    katie’s harvest oats recipe + oat bran + maple syrup = amaaazing!!!

    thanks katie, it is my favorite combination! :)

  30. Binx says:

    good idea! applesauce, yum.

  31. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:


    Hmmm, yeah, chocolate just seems to somehow sneak its way into lots of areas of my life, especially where food is concerned! I wonder how it’d taste in spaghetti…
    No, don’t worry; I’m not going to try it!

  32. Mandie says:

    for some reason i think this is the secret photo for your giveaway…hmmm