Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

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By Barbara Hodge • Last Updated: October 6, 2023

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Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

There are few things I like better than Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal for breakfast in winter. Spicy warm cinnamon aroma, caramelized apples, and only 10 minutes to make. This is among my favorite oatmeal recipes. Simply one of the easiest and most delicious apple breakfast recipes you’ll find!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

An apple and cinnamon combination is hard to beat. Whether in a pastry or apple pie, it’s hard not to like it. I’ve rediscovered just how good it can be as a breakfast treat with one of our favourite oatmeal recipes- apple cinnamon oatmeal!

Looking for a healthy, delicious start to the day? It’s hard to beat this warm, comforting oatmeal, apple and cinnamon for breakfast, especially on a cool morning.

This apple, cinnamon and oats breakfast is simple and quick to make. It’s versatile and gluten-free. It’s the perfect fall and winter breakfast and your whole family will love it!

Bring joy to your loved ones. This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is absolutely delicious and has helped my busy weekday mornings start in just the right way!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and apples, tea cups and a spoon

You Will Love this Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

I wanted to get this oatmeal with apples recipe just right. So I tried and tested a range of options before I settled on the best way to make it.

I first tried cutting the apple into eight slices and cooking it with sugar in a small saucepan. I then added the sugary glazed apple slices onto warm oatmeal. It’s almost like apple pie and really quite delicious!!

The problem is that it takes at least for 15 minutes till the apples are cooked soft. I also needed an extra medium sized pot to cook oats. And, let’s face it, we’re often in a hurry in the morning.

So, I wanted to make this apple cinnamon oats recipe in less time with no extra washing for a busy weekday morning!

So here it is!

You’ll dice the apples and caramelize them with brown sugar and cinnamon. With this simple change, it’s ready in less than 5 minutes and you don’t lose any taste. And the apple oats look just as good!

This apples & cinnamon oatmeal is flexible:

  • I removed cooked diced apples from the saucepan and top them on the oatmeal later. You can keep and cook the apples in oatmeal with water if you like.
  • If you prefer creamy apple cinnamon oatmeal, replace one cup of water with almond milk.
  • I add chia seeds or flax seeds on top before serving for extra fibre and texture.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Oats

This cinnamon, apple and oatmeal only requires a few pantry staples!

Brown sugar works very well to caramelize fresh apple. I use cane sugar for this recipe. You can also replace it with maple syrup, agave or honey.

Cinnamon in oatmeal is a must for this recipe. If it’s short in your pantry, try apple pie spice as a cinnamon replacer.

AppleWhat type of apple you use is totally up to you. I used Fuji which is sweet. If you use sweet apple, you can reduce the sugar.

Oats: This cinnamon and apple oatmeal is perfect for Autumn. I use old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Quick oats can lose their texture and flavour. For gluten-free, make sure it’s gluten-free assured on the label

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I just love the aroma of spicy cinnamon filling up my kitchen while I cook these oats!

How to make apple cinnamon

Before you cook oatmeal, make apple cinnamon. Place butter in a medium size saucepan and melt it over medium heat. Add brown sugar, lemon juice, apple and cinnamon. Simmer with medium heat until the apples become soft.

Keep stirring with a spatula so it doesn’t burn. It takes less than 5 minutes. Sugar glazed apple cinnamon is ready!

Removed the apples and the sauce from the pan. Otherwise they become too soft. If you prefer the softened apple, you can keep them in and cook with the oats.

Making a perfect oatmeal texture

I’ve found that oats are cooked better if you don’t boil the water. It turns the oats into sticky glue.

Add water and salt into the saucepan. Once it’s just below boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer before adding the oats. Stir regularly with a spatula to prevent sticking. You’ll get the perfect oatmeal texture.

That’s it! Add apples, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal served in a colorful plate

Top Tips for the Best Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal is incredible – it’s so versatile. You can make variations easily by adding more fresh fruits, nuts, chocolate or dried fruits.

Healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe

You can replace butter with plant oil. My favourite is coconut or avocado oil. Olive oil for this recipe is not suitable as it’s taste is too strong and savory.

I prefer brown sugar for this recipe but it can be replaced with maple syrup or agave.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Barbara Hodge
There are few things I like better than Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal for breakfast in winter. Spicy warm cinnamon aroma, caramelized apples, and only 10 minutes to make. This is among my favourite oatmeal recipes. Simply one of the easiest and most delicious apple breakfast recipe you’ll find!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 People


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large apple (two for small apples)
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ tablespoon salt
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar (add more if you prefer sweet)


  • Place butter into a saucepan and melt it over medium heat. Add diced apples, brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Simmer them until apples become softened. It takes about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cooked apples and the syrup from the saucepan. Add water and salt and heat it up to just before boiling point. Reduce the heat to a simmer before adding the oats.
  • Add oats and keep sterling regularly with a spatula to prevent sticking for around 5-7 minutes until soft (but not gluey).
    That's it! Serve immediately. Enjoy!


*Avoid cooking oats with boiling water. They become gluey.

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