This warm and cozy recipe for apple cinnamon oatmeal is filled with fresh apples, sweet brown sugar, and flavorful spices. It takes just 15 minutes to make! This recipe is also vegan and gluten-free which makes it a great option for a variety of different dietary needs and preferences.
This cozy oatmeal recipe is perfect for fall but you can enjoy it any time of year.
It had a nourishing base of hot rolled oats and topped with fresh apple slices, crunch granola, and sweet vanilla yogurt.
Reasons You'll Love This Recipe
There are so many reasons you will love this apple pie oatmeal but there are just a few highlights:
- Vegan & Plant-Based: This recipe doesn't use any dairy or other animal products make it a great option for a vegan, plant-based, or vegetarian diet.
- Gluten-Free: There isn't any wheat in this recipe. If you need to be extra careful make sure all ingredients you are using are certified gluten-free.
- Quick & Easy: This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
Oats: Use old fashioned oats or rolled oats in this recipe for best results.
Spices: This recipe calls for cinnamon but you can incorporate other spices like pumpkin pie spice if you would like.
Oil: We need a neutral oil to sauté the apples in. I prefer to use olive oil but you can use any type of neutral oil.
Apples: Any type of apple that you like best will work in this recipe.
Yogurt: This recipe calls for plant-based/vegan vanilla yogurt. It is a great way to make that oatmeal extra creamy while adding the vanilla flavor and a little sweetness.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
Use plant-based milk: You can swap the water out for a plant-based milk like almond milk or oat milk. This will make the oatmeal extra thick and creamy.
Add extra fruit: This recipe is a great way to work toward your daily servings of fruit. Add in extra apples or a different fruit such as bananas for extra nutrients and flavor.
Use more spices: Originally, this recipe calls for cinnamon but you can use any type of fall spice you like best. Another good option would be pumpkin pie spice.
Sweeten in a different way: We use brown sugar to sweeten the oatmeal in this recipe but you can use any type of sugar or get creative and use maple syrup.
Omit the yogurt: If you don't have yogurt on hand you can omit it from the recipe.
Step by Step Instructions
These apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is easy to make follow these simple steps:
Step 1: After washing and prepping the apples, start by warming the olive oil in a pot over medium-low heat.
Step 2: Once the oil is warm add the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the pot and cook them for about 5 minutes. Be sure that you are stirring frequently so the apples cook evenly.
Step 3: Pour in the oats and water. Stir everything together and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
At the end of cooking remove the oats from heat and stir in the yogurt.
Step 4: Transfer the cooked oatmeal to a bowl, allow it to cool slightly, and add any toppings.
- Stir frequently: Make sure to stir the apples often so they are cooked evenly. It is also important to stir the oatmeal frequently so it doesn't stick to the bottom and burn.
- Stop the oatmeal from boiling over: If you make oatmeal often it's no surprise to you that it tends to boil over the top of the pot, making a big mess. One of my favorite kitchen tips is to rest a wooden spoon over the top of the oatmeal pot to stop it from boiling over the sides.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oatmeal and apples can both be a good source of fiber. This recipe contains 8.5 grams of fiber per serving.
You can store this oatmeal in the refrigerator in a closed container for up to four days. Make sure it has cooled off before covering and storing it. To reheat you can add one tablespoon of water and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Yes, cinnamon is a common and delicious spice to pair with oatmeal. Whether the oatmeal will be served warm or cold like with overnight oats, cinnamon is a great choice of flavor.
There are many great options when it comes to toppings for this flavorful oatmeal. These are a few of my top choices and recommendations:
- Hemp seeds
- Dried fruits
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 apple diced
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt plant based
- Warm the olive oil in a pot over medium-low heat. Once the pot is warm add the diced apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour in the water and oats, stir everything together and continue to cook for about 10 more minutes or until the oats have cooked fully. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid oatmeal getting stuck on the bottom and burning.
- Once fully cooked, remove the oats from heat and stir in the yogurt. Top with any extra toppings and enjoy!