Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Can I please eat this every morning for the rest of my life? Of course I can because it’s healthy and it’s the perfect thing to pair with a cup of coffee. And what else, it takes 15 minutes or less to make. I eat oatmeal that’s made from scratch pretty often, but I usually just throw a little cinnamon and fresh blueberries or bananas in it. But this time, I thought I’d try something I had never tried before. I was inspired by a craving one morning for a big slice of homemade apple pie for breakfast. Do you blame me? It’s apple picking season here in the midwest and the leaves are starting to turn. Everything about this makes me want the cozy, spicy smell of fresh pies in my oven. But considering I treated myself to rich food such as this all week, I couldn’t possibly have another unhealthy day of eating. Who am I kidding, of course I could, but I was just too lazy to whip up some apple pie!

Therefore, the best part about making this oatmeal is the fact that it sort of makes your place smell like apple pie. That’s because I brown and caramelize the apples in a little brown sugar. Mmm I know you can smell it already! And here’s the reason why I can ASSURE you that this is healthy: no butter is required to brown the apples and this has absolutely no artificial ingredients in it like the pre packaged oatmeals that are “apple flavored”. This oatmeal is so easy to make, there really isn’t any reason to buy the fake little packets. 🙂

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I used red gala apples for this oatmeal. But next time, I will try to use a more tart apple like I use in apple pies, to see how that would work. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

Finally, there are six ingredients in this recipe, which is awesome because it’s so simple. But, I want to just say that when I was looking through my pantry, I couldn’t find any walnuts! I almost always put walnuts in my oatmeal, but since I was so hungry, I made it without walnuts anyways. So, feel free to turn this into a 7-ingredient recipe and throw some chopped walnuts in when you re-create this. It’ll only add a little somethin’ somethin’, and will not take away from anything! In fact, add whatever else you want. Dried cranberries? Why not!?

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Serves 2
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
196 calories
34 g
5 g
4 g
6 g
1 g
260 g
39 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 39mg
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. ½ cup whole rolled oats
  2. 1 cup water
  3. ½ a medium sized apple, diced
  4. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  5. ½ cup 2% milk
  6. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 2 tablespoons granola
  1. In a small saucepan, boil the water. Add the oats, lower the heat to medium-low and cook covered for about 5-8 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed into the oatmeal.
  2. In the meantime, heat a small saucepan on medium-low. Add apples and brown sugar, and caramelize until the apples are softened, stirring frequently. This should take about 2 minutes.
  3. Add apple mixture to oatmeal. Stir in the milk and cinnamon. Spoon mixture into a bowl and top with granola.
  4. Serve immediately.
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  1. starla says:

    This sounds awesome, I was looking for a recipe for this since I love the oatmeal packets that are apple and cinnamon but wanted something a bit more healthy. Will definitely try this, but a suggestion. To male this recipe even more health nut friendly have you tried substituting honey for the brown sugar?

    • Nadia says:

      Starla, that’s a great idea! I love honey so I’ll definitely be trying that next time 🙂

      • starla says:

        Also, forgot to mention this but how about almond milk instead of 2% milk? The honey and almond milk will definitely cut out any unnecessary cals and carbs and bad sugars.

        • Ilka says:

          I might be a tiny bit late but I can tell you it works perfectly fine with almond milk! I even like it more in that way haha

  2. Sammie says:

    I made this just now and am not happy for a couple reasons, one of which I’m sure has nothing to do with the actual recipe.

    1) Oatmeal overflowed onto my stove and floor.. if I ever try again, I’ll use a bigger pot. Much bigger. It also stuck to the pot and a couple pieces seemed to stick/burn.
    2) The result was quite.. bland, even with the apple and cinnamon.

    I’m currently preheating my oven in hopes of not having this go to waste, with added brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

    • Nadia says:

      Hi Sammie. I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you. Old fashioned oatmeal is definitely a little tricky. The first 15 or so times I made oats on the stovetop, it overflowed for me as well! Try leaving the lid off until the last 5 minutes of cooking, and turn the heat down to the lowest setting once you add the oatmeal to the boiling water.

      Also, I prefer my oatmeal not overly sweet, but if you want to sweeten it up a bit, add some craisins, raisins, other dried fruit, or even a little bit of real sugar or truvia! Hopefully it works better for you the next time around! 🙂

  3. Samantha says:

    This was so quick & easy! I used a full apple and I only added a little bit of almond milk at the end instead of the full 1/2 cup because I like my oatmeal a bit thicker. I also added a dash of cayenne pepper (I’ve got a cold so the spicy gave it a nice warming kick) and sprinkled some slivered almonds and dried currants on top since I had them on-hand. One thing though, how on earth is this supposed to be 2 servings?! It seemed like such a tiny amount! I ate the whole thing in one go 😛

    • Nadia says:

      I like how creative you got with the recipe! I was trying portion control when I made this the first time, but I’m not gona lie, these days, I’ve been eating this whole portion by myself as well 😉

  4. Nichole says:

    I just tried this today, my stepson wanted me to try and make some homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal. We love it, next time I am going to add raisins.

  5. Carole says:

    I just made this, subbing dairy milk for almond milk and it is DELICIOUS. Thanks so much for the recipe, will definitely be making this again.

  6. Dana says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made this for lunch and it was great! I tweaked to my taste…adding a little more brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts, and less milk to keep it thicker. I think putting the apples and brown sugar in the saucepan first was brilliant 🙂

  7. Jennifer says:

    Do you have to add the milk? What exactly is it for?

  8. Allie says:

    I ate this for breakfast 2 days in a row now, and I would continue to do so but I’m all out of apples! It’s so delicious, just like eating a slice of apple pie 🙂

  9. Izzy says:

    Just wondering if the 196 calories is for one portion it for the whole thing. Thanks, izzy

  10. Stacy says:

    I’m assuming you could make this with quick oats as well?

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