Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by Kathryn Donangelo
This delicious, healthy and wholesome Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is a great way to start any morning! Packed with tons of spice and comfort!
One of my favorite breakfast go-to meals is Quaker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal that comes from the instant oatmeal packs. This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe takes 15 minutes to make and is even better than Quaker Oats! I made a healthier version so this recipe has zero added sugar. It is naturally sweetened by honey, maple syrup and apples!
I love Quaker Oats so much I even made a healthy copycat version of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal too! If you love oatmeal, be sure to try both of these recipes!
APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
These oats are filled made with spiced oats and then topped with warm cinnamon apples that are tender and perfectly sweetened. The combination of apples and cinnamon are always delicious and it gets even better when you add them to warm oatmeal!
If you love apple pie, apple crisp or anything that has cinnamon and apples, you will fall in love with this oatmeal recipe! Instant oatmeal tends to have more sugar so I always love and appreciate recipes that are healthier and still taste delicious- just like this one!
This is the kind of breakfast that will make you want to cuddle up on the couch and can be enjoyed all year round. Pair your morning coffee or tea with this nutritious oatmeal to jump start your day!
This oatmeal is loaded with fiber, protein, vitamins, delicious spices and will make you feel satisfied! Oats are heart-healthy so fueling up on this in the morning is essential. Kids will even enjoy this and they won’t be able to tell there isn’t any real sugar in it- promise!
INGREDIENTS IN APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
- Old-fashioned oats: these are the most ideal oats to use for this oatmeal. Quick oats will work, the consistency may be a little different and the oats will cook more quickly.
- Water: used to cook the oats
- Milk: you could use almond milk or regular milk. Either low-fat or fat-free milk will work.
- Butter or coconut oil: this will help soften the apples.
- Cinnamon: gives the oatmeal and apples the perfect amount of spice!
- Nutmeg: adds warm flavor with a hint of spice.
- Maple syrup: I always prefer to use pure maple syrup as a healthier option but you could certainly use regular syrup or agave syrup.
- Honey: makes the oatmeal slightly and naturally sweet.
- Apples: you could use any apples with this recipe. You can leave the skin on or off, it’s totally up to you! Some of my favorite apples to use because of their sweetness are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Red Delicious.
HOW TO MAKE APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the butter or coconut oil. Once melted, add the apples, pure maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and sauté for a few minutes until softened.
Remove the apples from the saucepan and place them into a bowl.
In the same saucepan on medium heat, add the oats, milk, water and stir to combine. Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and cinnamon. Stir until combined and let the oats simmer for about 5 minutes.
Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with the apples and any other toppings you prefer. Enjoy!
OTHER OATMEAL TOPPINGS TO ADD
I love the combination of the cinnamon apples and oatmeal just as they are but you can make this breakfast even healthier by adding sliced almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and a scoop of any type of nut butter.
Vegan Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: make this oatmeal vegan by using coconut oil and any nut milk such as almond milk. The oatmeal will still be creamy and just as delicious!
Gluten-Free or Dairy-Free Oatmeal: be sure to switch out the whole rolled oats for gluten-free oats. To make this dairy-free use coconut oil instead of butter and use a nut milk instead of regular milk. You can also just use water (make sure to use 2 cups total if you completely omit the milk).
Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal: If you want to leave out the apples, skip steps 1 and 2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon of cloves for more spice.
This recipe makes 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings. Since my husband doesn’t eat oatmeal, I make this and keep the leftovers in the fridge and enjoy oatmeal for 3 or 4 days after. Depending on how big my servings are :). Since I’m pregnant, I oddly crave oatmeal in the afternoon so this makes a great snack as well!
The oatmeal can last in an airtight container for up to a week and all you have to do is simply place the oatmeal in the microwave for a few seconds to reheat. If it seems like the oatmeal is too thick, add more water, almond milk or regular milk to thin it out.
Oatmeal is so versatile and can be dressed up in so many delicious ways! You can make them over the stove, bake them or even make them and let them sit overnight in the fridge! Try some of these other oatmeal flavors:
- Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bake
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
- Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- Gingerbread Oatmeal Bites
- Strawberry Baked Oatmeal
LOOKING FOR OTHER HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES? TRY THESE!
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Breakfast Yogurt Granola Cups
- Healthy Banana Nut Muffins
- Meatless Veggie Egg Bites
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
- Crustless Veggie Quiche
- Fluffy Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes
- Honey Poppyseed Fruit Salad
National Oatmeal Month
- Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal from Kate’s Recipe Box
- Overnight Maple Oatmeal from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Low Carb Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Palatable Pastime
- Masala Oats from Magical Ingredients
- Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Sour Cream & Raisin Oatmeal Squares from Savory Moments
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars from Family Around the Table
- Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Oatmeal Kiss Cookies from A Little Fish in the Kitchen
- Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars from Making Miracles
- Overnight Slow Cooker Ice Cream Oatmeal from The Spiffy Cookie
- Leftover Oatmeal Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lavender Blueberry Chia Seed Oatmeal from Our Sutton Place
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 dashes ground nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
Apple Cinnamon Mixture
- 2 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil
- 1 large apple; about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the butter or coconut oil. Once melted, add the apples, pure maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and sauté for a few minutes until softened.
- Remove the apples from the saucepan and place them into a bowl.
- In the same saucepan on medium heat, add the oats, milk, water and stir to combine. Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and cinnamon. Stir until combined and let the oats simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with the apples and any other toppings you prefer. Enjoy!