Take a cozy stroll through flavor town with this irresistible apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe. It’s a match made in breakfast heaven, where sweet apples and aromatic cinnamon dance with hearty oats to create a bowl of warm, comforting deliciousness. Whether you’re starting your day or seeking a tasty pick-me-up, this recipe is here to sprinkle some magic onto your taste buds. Get ready to spoon up happiness!
Why You’ll Love This Oatmeal Recipe
- Quick and Easy: This recipe comes together in under 10 minutes and is bursting with flavor.
- Minimal Ingredients: You just need very basic ingredients to whip this up.
- Customizable: I’ve included a few ingredient substitutions to make this a little more healthy.
If you are anything like me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what fuels you and gets you moving. I have so many filling breakfast recipes on the site, but oatmeal has to be one of my all-time favorites. I have over 15 different flavor types, but this apple pie oatmeal has to be at the top.
It’s filled with apple pieces, slight spice of cinnamon, and warms your belly like nothing else. I’ve made this at least a dozen times and have the combination of flavors perfected. You’ll be running to the store to pick up apples to make this and thanking me for your new weekly staple!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Ingredients
- Apples: I really like an apple that has a balance of sweet and tart to provide that perfect flavor. My go-to varieties are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji.
- Butter: Just a smidge to help cook down the apples and sugar to give it a delightful caramel flavor.
- Sweetener: I like brown sugar. It pairs nicely with the apple and spices and cooks down to an almost caramel like flavor that is truly unbeatable.
- Spices: Specifically, you will want apple pie spice and cinnamon. If you don’t have apple pie spice on hand or prefer to make your own blend, you can create a substitute using cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. I’ll put a recipe inside the recipe card for you below.
- Oats: I opt for old fashioned oats. Old-fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats, offer several benefits due to their nutritional profile and versatility. They are nutrient-rich, contain fiber, and contribute to heart health!
How To Make Oatmeal With Apples
Homemade oatmeal is super simple to make. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be whipping up new flavors in no-time! The secret is to cook the apples for a minute or two to soften them and add a deep flavor that really compliments the dish! Here’s how to make this recipe.
- PREP: Combine the butter, diced apples, brown sugar, apple pie spice and cinnamon in a medium sized pot.
- SIMMER: Heat over low heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the apples begin to soften.
- OATS: Stir in the water and oats. Bring to a simmer and allow the mix to cook for about 5 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed into the oatmeal.
- ENJOY: Serve immediately with milk and additional sweetener like brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, if desired.
- Silicone Spatulas: If I can only recommend one kitchen tool, it would be a set of silicone spatulas (affiliate). These are so versatile and used daily in our kitchen. Great for baking AND cooking.
- Cutting Boards: Using a sharp chef knife and a good set of cutting boards (affiliate) will help this recipe come together quickly.
- Liquid Measuring Cups: A good set of measuring cups (affiliate) is actually a key piece of equipment for any kitchen. This is the set that I have and it has lasted me more than 15 years.
Yes, you can use instant oats if you prefer a smoother texture. Just keep in mind that they may cook faster, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Yes, you can add other sweeteners in place of the brown sugar like honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar to enhance the natural sweetness. Adjust the amount according to your taste preferences.
While oatmeal is best when freshly cooked, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and store them separately. When ready to serve, reheat the oatmeal and add the apples and cinnamon for a warm and flavorful dish.
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with your toppings and mix-ins. Chopped nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, or a drizzle of nut butter can add extra flavor and texture to your apple cinnamon oatmeal.
Yes, you can make apple cinnamon oatmeal in a slow cooker. I suggest increasing this to 4 to 6 servings for a crock pot. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup diced apples
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- Combine the butter, diced apples, brown sugar, apple pie spice, cinnamon and salt in a medium sized pot.
- Heat over low heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the apples begin to soften.
- Stir in the vanilla, water and oats. Bring to a simmer and allow the mix to cook for about 5 minutes, or until most of the water is absorbed into the oatmeal.
- Serve immediately with milk and additional sweetener like brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, if desired.
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves