Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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This creamy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is studded with fresh apples and loaded with fall flavor. It comes together quickly and is the perfect warm breakfast to enjoy on chilly mornings.

I have a few different apple oatmeal recipes on the blog like this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, apple steel cut oatmeal and apple pie overnight oats, but I figured it was time to share a simple stovetop version of apple cinnamon oatmeal! It’s packed with fresh apples and cinnamon flavor and has just a touch of sweetness.

A bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Oats provide a good amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and even antioxidants. They are basically a “super grain.”
  • The combo of apples, cinnamon and maple syrup = chef’s kiss!
  • You’ll have breakfast on the table in about 10 minutes!
  • It’s dairy-free, vegan and totally customizable.
Ingredients measured out to make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: oats, water, maple syrup, apple, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and pecans.

Ingredients Needed

  • old fashioned rolled oats – old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. Make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed. I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats. If you have steel cut oats, try my recipe for apple steel cut oatmeal instead.
  • apples – I prefer to use Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Granny Smith apples, but your favorite variety will work. 
  • water or milk – I like using water in my oatmeal and think it’s plenty creamy, but if you prefer you can always use your favorite non-dairy milk! My go-to is unsweetened almond milk. Try making your own almond milk.
  • maple syrup – maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid so it blends in nicely with the oat mixture and I personally love the flavor. Just make sure you grab pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup as that’s loaded with corn syrup! Honey, brown sugar or coconut sugar would be good substitutes if you don’t have maple syrup on hand.
  • ground cinnamon – the perfect warming spice for this oatmeal. You can’t go wrong with the combo of apple + cinnamon!
  • vanilla extract – an optional flavor enhancer.  
  • sea salt – just a pinch to bring all the flavors together.
  • chopped pecans – a nice crunchy topping. You could also use walnuts, almonds, cashews or peanuts. If you have a nut allergy, skip the pecans altogether or top your oats with pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds).
Side by side photos of a pot with the ingredients to make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal before and after being cooked.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Cook cinnamon apples: In a small saucepan combine diced apples, maple syrup and cinnamon and sauté for a few minutes until apples are soft and look similar to baked apples. Set aside.

Cook oats: Add oats, water, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a low boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring occasionally. Oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy.

Serve: Transfer to a bowl and top with cinnamon apples, pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon and additional sweetener if needed.

Maple syrup drizzled overtop a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Customize Your Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This apple cinnamon oatmeal is a simple recipe that requires minimal ingredients. That said, you can totally customize your oats with the toppings and mix-ins! I love adding protein to my oatmeal and some added toppings! Here are a few ideas that would be delicious with this apple cinnamon oatmeal:

  • Toppings: sliced bananas, raisins, candied walnuts or candied pecans, cacao nibs, granola (this hemp granola would be yummy), a drizzle of almond butter, shredded coconut, coconut butter, apple butter or this date caramel sauce.
  • Protein: want to boost the protein in this oatmeal? Stir in 1/2-1 scoop of vanilla protein powder after cooking. Check out my full post on protein oatmeal for other ways to add protein to your oats.
  • Spices: want to amp up the flavor of this oatmeal? Add some additional spices like cardamom powder, allspice or nutmeg.
  • Sautéed apples: instead of cooking the apple chunks directly in the oats you can sauté your apples with cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup in a separate pot for about 5-7 minutes until they’re soft, tender and start to caramelize. Then top your bowl of oatmeal with the sautéed apples. SO good!
A bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal.

How to Make in The Microwave

Just add all ingredients into a large microwave-safe bowl with plenty of room for the oats to bubble up. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and then microwave at 30 seconds increments, stirring between each one.

Cook until the oatmeal is the consistency you like – I typically cook mine for about 3 minutes but you’ll know it’s ready when most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are hot.

How to Meal Prep And Store

This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is great because you can easily double or triple the recipe for meal prep so you have breakfast ready to go for a few days. Just store your leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. When you’re ready to eat them warm them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until they reach your preferred temperature. You might want to add an extra splash of milk or water because as the oats sit they’ll likely thicken up. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

More Oatmeal Recipes

Be sure to check out all of the apple recipes as well as the full collection of oatmeal recipes here on EBF!

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4.94 from 15 votes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This creamy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is studded with fresh apples and loaded with fall flavor. It comes together quickly and is the perfect warm breakfast to enjoy on chilly mornings.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

Oatmeal

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • ½ Tablespoon maple syrup, brown sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
  • ¼-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans, for topping

Cinnamon Apples

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan combine diced apples, maple syrup and cinnamon and saute for a few minutes until apples are soft and look similar to baked apples. Set aside.
    Apple chunks cooked in a sauce pan.
  • Add oats, water, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a low boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring occasionally. Oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy.
    Oatmeal cooking in a sauce pan.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with cinnamon apples, pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon and additional sweetener if needed.
    Oatmeal topped with cooked apples.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon oatmeal
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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20 Comments

    1. Yes! Just add all the ingredients to a large microwaveable bowl (with plenty of room) and microwave for 1 minute, stir and then microwave at 30 seconds increments , stirring between each one. Keep cooking until the oatmeal is at the consistency you like. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

    1. The nutrition listed is with water. It would vary depending on what type of milk you choose to use. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    1. Yay! I am so glad you are loving this recipe, Claudia. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  1. Hello, Brittany.

    Is there a downside to cooking the oats in the pan with sauteed apples (after the apples are cooked)? Perhaps being extra mindful of sticking. One less pan to wash…

    Thanks, Joe

    1. Hi Joe – Yes, you can absolutely do that if you would prefer only using one pan! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    1. YUM! Love mixing up the fruit in this recipe, I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  2. 4 stars
    Very nice, but I do wish I had made it with almond milk rather than water. I like how the apples add a touch of sweetness. Great way to start the day!

    1. Hi Paige – You can definitely prep this ahead of time, just follow the “How to Meal Prep & Store” instructions above. Can’t wait for you to try this one!

    1. Sounds amazing, Dorie. So glad you found this recipe and are loving it. Thank you so much for your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    This oatmeal is so good!! When I found this I made it about every morning until we ran out of apples. 😆 It’s so easy, takes less than ten minutes, and so cozy. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    1. YUM! I am so glad you found this recipe and are loving it, Iris. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!