If you haven’t noticed, Jennifer Garner has become quite the star chef lately. She’s always trying out new recipes on her #PretendCookingShow on Instagram, whether it’s something from her cooking idol (a certain Barefoot badass) or her own collection. And most recently, she shared one of her go-to breakfast recipes: a warm and cozy bowl of apple oatmeal.
In her video, Garner showed just how easy it is to whip up the meal. And there’s a reason she’s such a pro. Thanks to a helpful tip she got, she’s completely mastered the recipe. “Ina Garten says the trick to learning how to cook is finding something you eat and making it over and over again—maybe this time try half water/half almond milk? Or instead of brown sugar, drizzle some maple syrup? That’s how you gain a little confidence. And that’s me and my favorite winter oatmeal,” she writes.
“Ina Garten says the trick to learning how to cook is finding something you eat and making it over and over again…That’s me and my favorite winter oatmeal.” —Jennifer Garner
So, what exactly makes this oatmeal such a winner? Along with the old-fashioned rolled oats, the recipe (which she says she snagged from Taste of Home) also contains tart apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and chopped almonds. Basically everything that makes for a comforting—and filling—breakfast. If you want to try it for yourself, you’re in luck: she shared the full recipe. Bon appétit!
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Jennifer Garner’s Apple Oatmeal Recipe
3 cups water
2 medium tart apples, chopped
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped almonds
Maple syrup and/or milk of your choice, optional
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the apples, oats and salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat; stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes.
3. Sprinkle each serving with almonds. Serve with maple syrup and/or milk if desired.
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