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This apple cinnamon oatmeal makes the best cozy breakfast! It’s simple to make with brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice.

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Do the words apple cinnamon oatmeal make you first think of a packet of instant oatmeal? Turns out, it’s infinitely more delicious homemade! This oatmeal recipe is cozy and comforting, made with real fresh fruit and seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon and a hint of allspice. When it comes to cozy healthy breakfasts, it’s king! We’re huge oatmeal fans over here, and this recipe is ideal for chunky sweaters and chilly mornings.

Ingredients for apple cinnamon oatmeal

We make a bowl of oatmeal every day (using this classic oatmeal recipe, the microwave version). But when we have time, we love to add apples and amp up the spices for a flavorful spin. Growing up, I used to love the apple cinnamon oatmeal packets, but something about them tasted, well, artificial. This version is bursting with pure, wholesome flavor, making this cozy bowl taste larger than life. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Salted butter or coconut oil
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Milk
  • Apple
  • Brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • Cinnamon and allspice
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Tips for making apple cinnamon oatmeal

Making apple cinnamon oatmeal on the stovetop is quick and simple! This method makes a big pot of creamy, chewy oats with 4 servings. Here’s what to do (or jump to the recipe below):

  1. Peel and dice the apple finely. The best way to incorporate the apple is peeled, which helps the texture meld into the oatmeal.
  2. Toast the oats first. This helps to bring out a nutty, intriguing flavor! Melt butter or coconut oil in a saucepan, then add the oats and toast for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
  3. Add seasonings and boil for 7 to 8 minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring, until tender and cooked through.
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Topping ideas

How to serve this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe? All you need are a few toppings to make it into a simple, easy breakfast recipe. Here are some ideas:

What would you add to your apple cinnamon oatmeal? Let us know in the comments below!

Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Oatmeal nutrition

Oatmeal is part of a healthy diet: it’s great for digestion and helps to keep you full all morning long! Here are a few of the main nutritional benefits of oats (source):

  • Oats are high in plant based protein. 1 cup of raw oats have 11 grams protein. That’s about 20% of your daily need!
  • Oats are high in fiber. 1 cup of raw oats have 8 grams of fiber, which is about 30% of the daily value.
  • Oats are very filling: they may reduce appetite and help you eat less calories.

More oatmeal recipes

There’s an oatmeal recipe for every season! Here are a few more ways to make this cozy breakfast:

This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use oat milk and coconut oil.

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Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

This apple cinnamon oatmeal makes the best cozy breakfast! It’s simple to make with brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon salted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant oats or steel cut oats)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter or coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oats and toast for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
  2. Turn the heat to low and carefully pour in the water, milk, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt and vanilla extract, stirring.
  3. Bring to a boil, then return heat to low and cook for 7 to 8 minutes until tender, then remove from the heat. Top with desired toppings and serve.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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2 Comments

  1. Sg says:

    Yummmmmmm!! Turned out great! Will be making again and again






  2. charlotte H Lee says:

    Hi making this apple oatmeal for a long time just cook it in a different order, Use 2 apples cubed and 1 lemon thin sliced with cinnamon and stew it for a bit and than i add the oats and a Tbl. of chia seeds. serve it with a dollop of yoghurt