Start your day with this healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. Tender cinnamon apples and creamy oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup. Options to make overnight oats or cook on the stovetop.
Hi, friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! Our school/work schedules are back in full swing after the holidays, which means we need easy breakfasts for busy mornings. This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is one of our faves. Bonus: This recipe is refined sugar free and filled with whole foods. It’s the perfect way to start the day!
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (stovetop version):
- Start by making the cinnamon apples: Saute diced apple with maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, and water. Cook until tender.
- Add liquids (water and milk) to the same saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add the oats and cook until tender and creamy, stirring occasionally.
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats:
This is a great option for busy mornings, as all the work is done in advance.
- Start by making the cinnamon apples: Saute diced apple with maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, and water. Cook until tender. Transfer the apples to the refrigerator to chill.
- In a large bowl, combine oats with milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Refrigerate overnight; the oats will soften and absorb the liquids.
- To serve, scoop the oats into bowls or jars and top with cinnamon apples. Enjoy cold or microwave until heated through.
Recipe Tips and Variations:
- Adjust the liquid to make the oatmeal thicker or thinner.
- Add nuts, raisins or any dried fruit of your choice.
- Add a few pinches of nutmeg or ginger along with the cinnamon (adjust to suit your taste).
- You can double the apple portion of the recipe to use as a topping on other things: yogurt, pancakes, waffles, etc.
- Increase the nutrients by adding flaxseeds, chia seeds, or hemp seeds to each serving.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 2 apples, finely chopped, peeled or unpeeled, your preference
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 cups water
- 1 ½ cups milk , I use 2% milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- maple syrup and milk, for serving
- Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender (about 10-15 minutes) but still holding their shape. Add an additional tablespoon of water if the mixture seems dry. If you're making overnight oats, transfer the cooked apples to the refrigerator and proceed with overnight oat recipe in the notes.
- Remove several spoonfuls of cooked apples from the saucepan to be a garnish on top of the oatmeal. To the remaining apples in the saucepan, add 2 cups of water and 1 ½ cups of milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Once simmering, add oats, cinnamon and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are tender and creamy. If the mixture seems too thick, add more water while cooking. Serve immediately, topped with some of the reserved cinnamon apples and maple syrup and milk, to taste.