This thick and creamy healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe tastes like eating homemade apple pie for breakfast!
Healthy apple oatmeal for breakfast
Delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal is perfect for cold winter mornings, when all you want to do is curl up under a mountain of blankets and go back to sleep.
The promise of sweet cinnamon apples and creamy oatmeal will make you actually want to get out of bed and into the kitchen for breakfast.
You can make it on the stove top or in a slow cooker, and the filling healthy breakfast recipe is super quick and easy to throw together. It can even be high protein!
Also make these Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Apple cinnamon oatmeal ingredients
The no bake and simple apple oatmeal recipe calls for oatmeal, apples, cinnamon, salt, milk of choice, sweetener of choice, and optional raisins.
Topping ideas include diced walnuts or pecans, almond butter or peanut butter, shredded coconut, sliced strawberries or bananas, or a handful of chia seeds or flax seeds for added fiber and a fun texture.
Pretty much any milk will work here, so go with your favorite. Try almond milk for low calorie oatmeal, or coconut milk for vegan oatmeal that tastes like dessert. For the best apple oatmeal taste and creamy texture, do not substitute water for any of the milk.
Sweeten with your choice of all purpose granulated or liquid sweetener. Options that work include pure maple syrup, honey, agave, coconut sugar, date sugar, brown sugar, or erythritol for a sugar free version. The amount of sweetener will depend on whether you use unsweetened milk and your personal taste buds.
The recipe can be dairy free, gluten free, added sugar free, and vegan. For apple pie protein oats, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder before cooking.
Use leftover oats in Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Watch the apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe video, above
What type of apples?
Pretty much any apple variety works here.
Look for either red apples or green apples at the store that feel crisp, not soft or mushy on the outside. Some of my favorites include Braeburn, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala apples, or Pink Lady apples.
You may peel the apple skin before dicing or leave the peel on for extra fiber. It is entirely your choice.
Steel cut oats or rolled oats
This recipe was adapted from my Banana Oatmeal and calls for old fashioned or Irish rolled oats. Quick oats or instant oats can be substituted in an equal amount.
If you prefer to make apple oatmeal with steel cut oats, follow this Crock Pot Oatmeal recipe, adding in two cups diced apple and one and a half teaspoons cinnamon.
How to make apple pie oatmeal
Combine the rolled oats, diced apple, cinnamon, salt, milk of choice, and optional sweetener in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then continue to cook the stovetop apple cinnamon oatmeal over low-medium heat. As it thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
Once it reaches a porridge consistency, portion into bowls and serve hot, with toppings of choice.
After the oatmeal cools down, refrigerate any leftover oatmeal in an airtight covered container for up to five days.
If you want to turn the recipe into apple overnight oats, make the oatmeal the night before. Let it cool, then transfer to a covered mason jar or dish. Refrigerate overnight, then eat cold or reheat in the microwave or on the stove top with a little extra milk.
I have not tried making the recipe in an Instant Pot or microwave or turning it into apple cinnamon slow cooker oatmeal. If you experiment with different cooking methods, be sure to leave a comment so other readers can see your results.
For a chocolate version, try these Chocolate Baked Oats
Sautéed apple cinnamon oats
For an easy morning meal, I like to simply combine everything in one pot and cook it all at once until thick and creamy.
If you are feeling ambitious, feel free to sauté the cinnamon apples separately for extra flavor and buttery richness, using the following method:
Heat a little coconut oil or butter (or plant based butter) in a small saucepan. Stir in the diced apples and cinnamon, and sauté for five minutes or until the apples soften.
Sautéed apples are great over Vegan Pancakes
Using gram measurements
For those who wish to use a food scale instead of measuring cups and spoons, here are the gram measurements to use:
480 grams milk of choice, 90 grams rolled oats, and 150 grams of diced apple (measured after dicing). Also remember to include the salt and cinnamon.
Try serving for breakfast with an Avocado Smoothie
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 1 apple peeled and chopped
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sweetener of choice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- optional handful raisins
- optional toppings of choice
Combine all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then cook on low-medium heat, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. Once thick, top as desired, and serve. After it’s cooled down, leftover oatmeal can be refrigerated in an airtight covered container for up to five days.View Nutrition Facts