Delicious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is filled with cozy spices and topped with caramelized bites of tender apples. This easy apple oatmeal is naturally sweetened and makes the perfect breakfast for transitioning from summer to fall! Add nuts for the ultimate treat!

Nothing screams fall quite like a warm, comforting bowl of this flavorful apple cinnamon oatmeal. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients like old-fashioned oats and fresh apples, this is my favorite way to celebrate the coming of the fall season. 

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Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast most days, but especially in the fall and winter when the mornings are cool and crisp. This recipe includes a basic bowl of oatmeal that is taken to the next level when sautéed cinnamon apples are added as a topping. This dish is loaded with all the flavors you start craving in autumn, like fresh apples, warm spices and brown sugar. So good!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Bursting with flavor. Caramelized apples, cinnamon and oats come together for a breakfast that’s SO incredibly tasty and satisfying.
  • Comforting. Apple pie oatmeal is warm, cozy and full of hearty goodness. It’s like waking up to a big hug and totally tastes like dessert!
  • Healthy. Nutrient-rich oats and fruit make this a healthy, wholesome breakfast.
  • Easy. This apple oatmeal recipe comes together so easily with only a handful of ingredients.
Bowl of oatmeal topped with cinnamon apples.

Ingredients needed

This easy apple cinnamon oatmeal is super simple to make and uses lots of pantry staples for a quick morning meal. Plus, you’ll enjoy the most lovely fall flavors from apples sautéed with brown sugar and cinnamon. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Butter or coconut oil. For sautéing the cinnamon apples.
  • Apple. Any variety of apple can be used, but I prefer a sweeter apple in this recipe. Try honeycrisp or pink lady.
  • Brown sugar. To sweeten and caramelize the apple pieces.
  • Spices. Get the ultimate cozy flavors from a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Cornstarch. Mixed with water to create a slurry, which will thicken the cinnamon apples.
  • Old fashioned oats. We’re using rolled oats to keep a nice creamy texture. Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats, if you need to keep this recipe gluten free.
  • Salt. To intensify flavors and balance all the ingredients.

How to make this recipe

This warm fruity oatmeal recipe is comprised of two main parts, the apple cinnamon topping and the oatmeal. Super quick and easy to make both!

For full, printable instructions, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Prepare the cinnamon apples. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it’s completely melted, add in the apples and stir until they are fully coated. Cook for 8 minutes until nice and tender to your liking. The cook time depends on the thickness of your apples.
  2. Make the cornstarch slurry. While the apples cook, stir together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside. Turn the heat to low and stir in the cornstarch slurry. Once combined, stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Cook the oats. Meanwhile, make the oatmeal by bringing water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add in the oats and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until thick.
  4. Serve. Divide the oatmeal between 2 bowls and top evenly with the cinnamon apples. ENJOY!
Sautéing cinnamon apples in a pot.

Recipe tips

This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is really straight-forward and easy to make, but here are a few tips, so your breakfast is perfect every time.

  • Less sugar. Feel free to use less than the 2 tablespoons brown sugar. You can even sub with coconut sugar, if you’d like.
  • Serving size. This recipe makes 2 medium-sized bowls of oatmeal. Feel free to double or triple the recipe, if you’re feeding a crowd or meal prepping for the week.
  • I like to leave the oatmeal plain and unsweetened because the apples are plenty sweet and really flavor the oatmeal once they’re added.
  • Additional toppings. Any of these extras would be delicious: chopped walnuts or pecans, ground flax, chia seeds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries or raisins, yogurt and/or a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter.
Oatmeal topped with cinnamon apple pieces and chopped walnuts.

Frequently asked questions

What type of oats are best for this recipe?

We recommend old-fashioned rolled oats to create the best creamy, perfectly chewy texture. However, you can use quick oats or steel cut oats if that’s what you have in your kitchen. Take note, though, the ratio of water to oats and cooking times will vary.

Is cinnamon apple oatmeal healthy?

This recipe for apple-flavored oatmeal is a very nutritious breakfast because oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that fuels your body all morning and it contains over 5 grams of protein per serving. Add nuts, milk or Greek yogurt for more protein. You can also add chia seeds and/or nut butter for a boost of healthy fats.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

For busier mornings you can prep this oatmeal the night before. Cook as directed, then store apples and oatmeal in separate containers in the refrigerator. In the morning, top the oatmeal with apples and reheat in the microwave with a splash of almond milk or water. 

Storing & reheating

Leftover cooked oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator, in airtight containers, for up to about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place frozen oatmeal in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

To reheat single servings, put the oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl with a little extra milk or water. Microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until heated through. For larger amounts, heat slowly in a saucepan on the stove with additional liquid until hot.

Spoon stirring apple pie oatmeal.

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Bowl of oatmeal topped with cinnamon apples.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


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  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Delicious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is filled with cozy spices and topped with caramelized bites of tender apples. This easy apple oatmeal is naturally sweetened and makes the perfect breakfast for transitioning from summer to fall! Add nuts for the ultimate treat!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it’s completely melted, add in the apples and stir until they are fully coated. Cook for 8 minutes until nice and tender to your liking. The cook time depends on the thickness of your apples.
  2. While the apples cook, stir together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside. Turn the heat to low and stir in the cornstarch slurry. Once combined, stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Meanwhile, make the oatmeal by bringing the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add in the oats and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until thick.
  4. Divide the oatmeal between 2 bowls and top evenly with the cinnamon apples. ENJOY!

Notes

Leftover oatmeal and cinnamon apples can be refrigerated for up to about 5 days or frozen for 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove, adding milk or water as needed for the right consistency.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 20.3 g
  • Sodium: 1176 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.8 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg