Delicious oatmeal, packed with apples and cinnamon and perfect for the cold winter months. Super easy, and only 6 ingredients!
When you think of Oatmeal, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It's probably those instant oatmeal packets that you can get from the store and it was usually maple and brown sugar, wasn't it? Oatmeal is almost always known to be a sweet breakfast treat and it's one of my go to meals!
I always default to eating oatmeal when I just can't be bothered to make anything but I still want to feel full. It's easy to make and you can use any fruit you want. This is especially great for using up frozen fruit!
I always loved both the maple and brown sugar as well as the apple cinnamon oatmeal packets and so I've put them both together!
Regular oats - make sure you're not using minute or quick oats for this!
Apples - You can use fresh or frozen! I find frozen can be... not easy to find, though. We have 5 different grocery stores around here and none of them carry frozen apples by themselves at least. So if you can find frozen, definitely perfect for this!
Full fat coconut milk - I like using this because of how it tastes. You can use any plant-based milk you wish to use.
Maple Syrup - I use this for the sweetener in the oatmeal itself. You can leave it out if you would like or just use brown sugar all the way through.
Brown Sugar - For caramelizing your apples.
Cinnamon - You can't have apples without cinnamon. You just can't. I mean you can, but I wouldn't.
Step 1 - In a medium saucepan, add a little bit of oil and then add diced-up apples. Cook on medium-high heat until softened.
Step 2 - Add in the brown sugar.
Step 3 - Mix well until the brown sugar has dissolved and is coating all of the apples like a sauce.
Step 4 - Add in cinnamon.
Step 5 - Mix well until all apples are coated in cinnamon.
Step 6 - Add the can of coconut milk as well as maple syrup and bring it back up to temperature.
Step 7 - Once heated up again, add in your oats.
Step 8 - Mix well and bring to a slight boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and let simmer until your oatmeal is cooked the mixture is thick.
- Add almonds and almond simple syrup to take your apple cinnamon oatmeal to another level.
- Don't have apples? Use nearly any fruit you want: Blueberries, strawberries, cherries, etc.
- Turn the oats into a powder (using a blender) and make this into an oatmeal porridge following the same instructions, but use a whisk and keep an eye on it.
❓Frequently Asked Questions
Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber and will keep you feeling full much longer. It is typically labeled as healthy depending on what you put into it.
Apples carry an additional fiber source along with oatmeal which is already a high fiber source. Apples also have other fantastic and needed nutrients. You can't really go wrong with the two together.
You can really add just about any fruit to oatmeal (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, bananas to name a few). Oatmeal is a super diverse cereal grain that can take on any flavors that you give it when cooked. You can also make savory oats!
- Start by heating your saucepan on medium heat. If you're using non-stick, no need to add oil.
- Peel and dice your apple and add it to the saucepan. Cook until tender or starting to brown.
- Add brown sugar and allow to caramelize. Then add in the cinnamon and mix around.
- Next, add in the can of coconut milk and maple syrup and mix well.
- Then add in your oats and mix well again. Cook for around 5-10 minutes or until the oats are cooked through.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Be sure not to use minute-type oats for this recipe.
- You can replace coconut milk with any plant-based milk you wish. Just make sure you use the same amount.
- Peeling is optional for the apple. If you prefer to leave the skin on, that is fine. The type of apple you use does not matter here. I prefer sweeter apples, but you may prefer more tart.
- This recipe can easily be made gluten-free by making sure the oats are gluten-free.
- If you feel this recipe is a bit too sweet, you are welcome to cut back on the brown sugar or maple syrup.
- If you want to add more to this recipe, almonds and almond simple syrup are amazing additions!