Jennifer Garner gets a lot of inspiration from her friend and cooking icon Ina Garten, known as “Barefoot Contessa.” She explained why it’s a favorite breakfast for her as she demonstrated how to make a delicious winter oatmeal recipe, and it’s all because of Garten.
Jennifer Garner would like to thank Ina Garten for encouraging her.
Garner showed how to make Apple Oatmeal, and although it’s not a recipe for Barefoot Contessa, she explained how Barefoot Contessa helped make it a recipe that she still makes.
“In the caption of the March 6, 2019 Instagram post, Garner noted, “@inagarten says the trick of learning to cook is to find something you eat and make it over and over – maybe this time try half water/half almond milk? Or drizzle some maple syrup instead of brown sugar? That’s how you get a little confidence.
And this is me and my favorite oatmeal for winter. #PretendCookingShow.
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Jennifer Garner makes a cozy winter recipe for apple oatmeal
On her Pretend Cooking Show show demonstrating Taste of Home’s comfort food recipe called Oh-So-Good Oatmeal, Garner had a little fun.
3 cups of water2 medium tart apples, chopped1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oatsSalt1/4 cup packed brown sugar (I use 2 tablespoons)1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 cup chopped almondsMaple syrup and/or milk of your choosing, optionalGarner shared the super simple fruity oatmeal preparation instructions.
“I’ll let you in on a little secret – these are my favorite winter oatmeal.”I’m going to let you in on a little secret – these are my favorite winter oatmeal.
She pours a pot of water and heats it up to a boil. The actor, meanwhile, peels the apples (offering the peels to anyone who wants them), cuts the fruit into pieces, nibbles off the cores, and places the ingredients in a measuring cup.
Garner adds to the boiling water the apples, oats and salt, cooks and stirs the mixture for five minutes, then adds and stirs the vanilla and cinnamon. She spoons it into a bowl, adds the almonds and notes that it is possible to add syrup or milk.
She says as she takes a bite, “It doesn’t get any better than this,”
Some alternative ideas were provided by commenters
Most Garner Instagram post commentators noted that they had replicated the recipe and gave it high marks. One fan wrote, “This is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had! Thanks for sharing,”
Another fan had an awesome replacement definition. “I’m coming around to saying I make this oatmeal all the time, but this morning I substituted a cup of water for a cup of fresh apple cider and that took this recipe to the next level,” he wrote.
On the Taste of Home recipe page, commenters praised the oatmeal and made some suggestions, such as incorporating blueberries and walnuts, dried cranberries and using Granny Smith apples for a more tart flavor. Most agreed with the use of less brown sugar by Garner, as the 1⁄4 cup for some people was a little too sweet.