Apple Pie Spice, Pumpkin Spice, Chai Spice. They’re not all the same, yet at this time of year, people will slap any old label on a spice blend with a lot of cinnamon in it to make it sound new. We’re keeping it honest today — this is Apple Pie-spiced thanks to a Penzeys sample, but what makes this oatmeal so a-ha! is what’s mixed into it.
Coconut milk cut with vanilla almond milk is one of my faves in oatmeal, but if you can’t do with that much fat, head in this direction — vanilla almond milk and apple cider. On second thought, I don’t know if it’s so much an a-ha! as a duh! Go 50/50 for strong apple flavor, top with chopped Honeycrisps, toasted walnuts and a dash of Apple Pie spice. Done and done. Enjoy.