Apple oatmeal or apple cinnamon oatmeal is one hot cereal you should add to your breakfast rotation this fall and beyond. It’s made from scratch with simple pantry ingredients which makes it the perfect fiber rich hot porridge to spice up your mornings. Have you tried any of my oatmeal recipes? We are super fans of this breakfast cereal, that’s why you would see different flavors on the blog. Today I am excited to share this one with you so read along and find out exactly how I make my Quaker Oats copy cat Apple cinnamon oats.
Apple Oatmeal with Cinnamon also Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!
Variety is said to be spice of life and I really do believe in that when food is involved and you can see that in my chocolate chip recipes where I have varied options of this amazing cookie from red velvet chocolate chip cookies to strawberry chocolate chip cookies and lots more.
My oatmeal recipes speak same. From chocolate to pumpkin spice and brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal. By now you know I love creating variations to recipes and this helps keep meal time fun!
What is Apple oatmeal?
This is the same thing as Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. Remember good old Quaker Oats variety pack that had about 4 different flavors of which Apple cinnamon was one of them?, that’s my inspiration for this recipe.
My Brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal recipe already covered one of those flavors, today this apple oatmeal with cinnamon would cover another.
Believe me when I say this has the perfect taste of fall and tastes absolutely yummy! The only difference with this and the store bought one is the fact that I used the traditional rolled oats (also known as old fashioned rolled oats) and not Quick Oats.
Oatmeal is a popular pantry staple in my home since I use it in a lot of recipes as a main ingredient like in the oatmeal recipes or oat fufu or as a thickening agent in some Nigerian soups like Ofe Oha and Onugbu soup. Let’s get to the ingredients.
- Traditional rolled oats
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Liquid milk, just in case liquid whole milk isn’t popular in the part of the world from where you are reading my blog, not to worry, I have a detailed blog post on how to reconstitute dry (powdered) milk powder.
- Apples: all apples welcome. The type of apples used really doesn’t matter I like to the sweeter varieties like red delicious or golden delicious apples. If you like less sweet and tangy then Granny Smith is your friend for this recipe. If you don’t have fresh apples on hand, I have also used only apple sauce and it worked perfectly. In fact that was what I used the very first time I made this recipe.
- Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a depth of flavor to this breakfast bowl. You can use white sugar if that’s your preference but if your preference was based off not having brown sugar at home, did you know you can make yours. Check out my post on how I make my own homemade brown sugar. It’s so easy!
- Ground Cinnamon: This Recipe is for Apple oatmeal with cinnamon, so this ingredient is super important.
- Vanilla extract: This is an optional ingredient and either pure vanilla extract or clear vanilla works perfectly. Alternatively you can use some apple extract to intensify the apple flavor. (I haven’t needed to)
How do you make Apple cinnamon oatmeal from scratch.
This is an overview of the recipe, full printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this page.
Pic 1-3; Pour unsweetened Applesauce and Traditional oats into a sauce pan, (I love my stainless steel sauce pan. If you love stainless steel like I do, check out my favorite ones and while you are there be sure to use MDK20 to get 20% off your purchase.)
Next add the milk, cinnamon and brown sugar stir to combine, then add some chopped apples.
Pic 4-6; Cook on medium heat till oatmeal is fully cooked. Serve with some more milk and apples chunks or slices.
Instant Pot Oatmeal
Yes you can make oatmeal in your instant pot. I have a recipe for that loaded with tips coming your way soon. But I will share how you can do that just in case.
To make this recipe in your instant pot, simple dump all ingredients into the inner pot of your instant pot. Stir to combine,
Cover instant pot and set knob to sealing position. Select Manual pressure cook, set timer to 3 mins or 4 mins for softer texture.
When cycle is complete, a quick pressure release, stir to combine and serve.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Microwave method!
Yes you can also make oatmeal in the microwave. Unfortunately you can’t make this entire batch in the microwave because of the risk of the oatmeal bubbling over.
To make Apple cinnamon oatmeal in the microwave, divide this recipe into 4, which means you will be making ½ cup of oatmeal, ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of water, 2 Tbsps applesauce and ⅛ of a medium apple.
Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl (at least 1 quart in size) microwave uncovered for 2-3 minutes, stirring half way through.
How to serve and best toppings
This can be served with a dash of cinnamon more fresh apple chunks or a buttered apple sauce made by simmering butter, brown sugar and apple chunks. See more of that on in the recipe card.
Alternatively or additionally add some nuts to to the mix, nuts like crushed pecans, almonds or walnuts can add some crunch to your oatmeal.
How to store cooked Oatmeal.
If you are wondering if you can refrigerate cooked oatmeal, the answer is yes! Whether it leftovers or meal planning oatmeal, you need to let the oatmeal cool completely.
Oatmeal tends to store heat so be sure to stir it around so the center cools as well. When it is completely cool, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Can you freeze cooked oatmeal?
Most definitely. Just like you can refrigerate oatmeal, you can freeze it as well. Follow the same steps of cooling mentioned above, then freeze in portioned containers.
It’s best to freeze in portioned containers especially for meal prep so it’s easier to reheat. This way you won’t need to reheat an entire batch of cooked oatmeal and run the risk of having leftovers which will be a waste as I don’t recommend reheating already thawed oatmeal.
How to reheat cooked oat meal
To reheat cooked oatmeal, if getting from the freezer, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then add some milk or water to the oatmeal about ¼ cup of milk per cup of oatmeal and warm in 30 min intervals stirring every minute to make sure it warms evenly.
If reheating from the refrigerator, add some milk and reheat in 30 secs intervals as well till warmed through.
If warning on the stovetop, add oatmeal and milk or water to a sauce pan, cook on medium heat until warmed through.
Quick Recipe Notes and Tips
- You can adjust the consistency of your oatmeal by adding more water. Start with the amount indicated in the recipe and go up from there.
- If happen not to have fresh apples, you can use unsweetened applesauce. I used ½ cup in this recipe. You can increase to 1 cup or 1 ½ cups based on your preference.
- You can also make instant pot Apple cinnamon oatmeal.
- Oatmeal thickens as it cools. Add more liquid as you see fit.
Other oatmeal recipe variations to try
- Pumpkin pie oatmeal: In the spirit of fall, I will be sharing this recipe next week. Make sure to sign up here so you don’t miss it or any of my other yummy recipes.
- Brown sugar Cinnamon oatmeal: Ever tried a combination of brown sugar and cinnamon? Another Quaker Oats variety pack copy cat recipe.
- Chocolate oatmeal: This is a decadent recipe. So so good. A chocolate lovers dream. Now I can’t decide if this is a breakfast or dessert! 🤔
- Gingerbread oatmeal: another holiday favorite.
- Turmeric Oatmeal: enjoy the benefits of oatmeal and turmeric packed in one healthy breakfast:
- Keto Oatmeal Alternative: Sadly you can’t have oatmeal on a keto diet. This creamy keto alternative is made with heathy fibre rich seeds like flaxseeds and chia seeds. Check it out and see if you like it.
- Oatmeal popsicles! Yes this is a nice alternative to ice cream pops on a cold day. It’s dipped in chocolate and so good.
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Apple Oatmeal with Cinnamon
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
- 2 medium Apples (chopped and divided into ½ for cooking and 1 ½ for the apple butter sauce)
Apple butter sauce ingredients
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp water
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ medium Apple. (This is part of the apples mentioned in the main ingredients)
- Pour applesauce and oats into a sauce pan, add milk, brown sugar, salt, ground cinnamon and stir to combine.
- Add about a ¼ cup of chopped the apples mix in, turn on heat and cook oats till tender stirring to prevent burning. This should take 6-8 mins.
- Serve with fresh apples or apple butter sauce.
How to Make the apple butter sauce
- Add butter, remainder of chopped apples, water, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cook on low heat till apple softens and sauce is slightly thickened.
- Pour over the oatmeal and enjoy!