Apple cinnamon oatmeal is such an easy and delicious take on breakfast! The apples cook perfectly with the oatmeal so they are just tender enough but not too hard and the cinnamon and nutmeg flavor combination brings a warmth of flavor that makes you feel like it’s fall every time you eat this apple oatmeal recipe.

Cinnamon oatmeal has always been a favorite of mine, but adding the apples to it sends it over the moon! If you also love the cinnamon and apples combination, you’ll love my apple cider bundt cake, cinnamon baked apples, apple cinnamon scones, and my homemade caramel apple dip.

A bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with cinnamon sticks around it.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This recipe uses real diced apples. They are cooked with the oatmeal to produce the perfect texture, not too soft and not too crunchy/hard.
  • 1 pot. 5 Minutes. Such a delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe and all you’ll need is 1 pot and 5 minutes to cook it.
  • It’s an easy and delicious breakfast option. Not only is this apple cinnamon oatmeal easy to make, but the flavors are so warm and delicious that you will have little mouths asking for more!

Ingredients

Ingredients used to make apple cinnamon oatmeal on a textured white background.
  • Apples: I used Fuji apples, but you can use any variety.
  • Rolled Oats: I prefer rolled oats in my oatmeal because the texture holds and you don’t get a big bowl of mush.
  • Cinnamon: In addition to the cinnamon, adding a bit of nutmeg really helps bring out that warm delicious flavor.
  • Water: I use water as the liquid in this recipe, although you could use milk or almond milk if you want a dairy base.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Add the oats, water, chopped apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  1. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 4-5  minutes or until the apple cinnamon oatmeal is thickened. Stir frequently to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar, or sweetener of choice. 
  1. Serve and top with a slice of butter and toasted pecans, if desired. 
A wooden spoon stirring brown sugar into oatmeal in a pot.

Recipe Tips

Apples

  • I used a Fuji apple when making this cinnamon apple oatmeal. You can use any apple variety. For reference, I used about 1/4 of a medium sized apple to get 1/2 cup. If you want a plethora of apples, add more to the oatmeal. 
  • I found that dicing the apples fairly small gave me the best results. The apples cooked perfectly, were not too soft and not too crunchy. You can see the size of the apples in the blog post in the “step-by-step instructions” subheading. Around 1/8″ or so works well. 
  • If you prefer a nice and crunchy apple in your oatmeal, you can wait to add the apples until the end of the cooking process, and stir them in with the brown sugar. 

Brown sugar: Can use light or dark brown sugar. Add more or less according to your taste preference. 

To make vegan friendly: Rather then use brown sugar use a sweetener such as maple syrup, date syrup, agave. 

Toppings: Toppings are optional. Other ideas include dried, chopped apples, yogurt, granola, chia seeds, hemp hearts. 

Variations: Add additional protein to your oatmeal with vanilla-flavored protein powder. Increase the amount of fiber in the dish by topping with flax seed. Want to mix things up? Replace the apples with peaches or pears (adding the fruit at the end with the brown sugar since they are softer fruits).

A wooden spoon hovering over a pot, holding up Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

FAQs

Is apple and cinnamon oatmeal good for you?

Oats are a great source of fiber, and adding apples to it is another great way of getting additional fiber and nutrients into your breakfast.

Is putting cinnamon in oatmeal good for you?

Cinnamon is a pretty magical spice to add to any dish. Cinnamon has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and also includes antioxidants. Cinnamon is also known to aid in digestion. Anytime you can add cinnamon to something is a good thing!

Is it OK to eat oatmeal every day?

Oats are a good source of grain so eating oatmeal every day is great! However, the type of oatmeal you eat every day is important. For example, eating oatmeal every day that is high in sugar isn’t the best.

A bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal topped with chopped pecans and cinnamon.

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A bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal topped with chopped pecans and cinnamon.
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5 from 2 votes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal is cooked in 1 pot and ready to eat in 5 minutes! It has a plethora of fresh diced apples in the oatmeal that cook up perfectly, not too soft and not too crunchy. It's a healthy and satisifying breakfast that'll start your day off on the right foot.
Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 4 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup apples - peeled and diced small, about 1/8" inch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - more or less according to taste

For Topping

  • butter - optional
  • chopped pecans - or other nut variety, optional

Instructions
 

  • Place oats, water, apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 4 -5  minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the brown sugar, or sweetener of choice. 
  • Portion into individual bowls and top with a slice of butter and toasted pecans, if desired. 

Notes

Apples
  • You can use any apple variety. I used about 1/4 of a medium sized apple. 
  • Dicing the apples fairly small gave me the best results — not too soft and not too crunchy. Around 1/8″ or so works well. 
  • If you prefer a nice and crunchy apple in your oatmeal, add the apples at the end of the cooking process, and stir them in with the brown sugar. 
Brown sugar: Can use light or dark brown sugar. 
To make vegan friendly: Rather then use brown sugar use a sweetener such as maple syrup, date syrup, agave. 
Toppings: Optional to add dried, chopped apples, yogurt, granola, chia seeds, hemp hearts. 
Nutritional information is an estimate. 

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 59g (20%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 3g (5%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Sodium: 22mg (1%)Potassium: 220mg (6%)Fiber: 5g (20%)Sugar: 30g (33%)Vitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 58mg (6%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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