Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (stove top or microwave)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings

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This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe is a hearty, healthy breakfast recipe that is loaded with tender apples and fall spices. Gluten free and dairy free, plus meal prep breakfast friendly!

It’s no secret that we love oatmeal around here, and although I have lots of recipes for baked oatmeal, this is my first stove top and microwave oatmeal recipe!

apple cinnamon oatmeal bowl overhead on grey marble background with spoons and cinnamon sticks on the side

Now that the days are officially COLD, I’m craving all kinds of warm, hearty breakfasts, and I love that this oatmeal is easy to make ahead in big batches, then refrigerate for the week (because with 3 kids 6 and under, I don’t always get a lot of time to make breakfast before my daughter has to be out the door to school!).

I’ve never been a big fan of the packaged instant oatmeals, which are quick to prepare but often packed with quite a bit of sugar.

Instead, I like to make a big batch of oatmeal and reheat through the week. This way, I know what’s going in and have more control over the calories, protein, and fiber (and can sneak in extra things like you’ll see below).

Variations of this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:

  • This oatmeal is easily made gluten-free using certified gluten-free oats. but be sure to check all of your packaging.
  • This oatmeal is naturally dairy-free and vegan, but you can add a splash of milk or almond milk to finish if you like your oatmeal a little thinner and creamier.
  • A lot of different fruits would work great in this recipe. Canned peaches or pears would eliminate the step of cooking the apples and get breakfast on the table sooner, and any frozen fruit or fresh berries would be great as well!
  • I like the heartier texture of regular large flake oats or rolled oats, but instant or quick oats would work as well. You can use them interchangeably in this recipe.
  • If you prefer honey over maple syrup (or another sweetener), you can use that as well. I use maple syrup or brown sugar because it pairs great with apples and makes this recipe vegan.
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How to make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe in the microwave:

  • To make in the microwave, add your apples and butter to a large microwave-safe bowl (it will bubble up so give yourself extra room!). Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring half way, just until apples are tender crisp.
  • Add cinnamon and ginger if desired, and stir.
  • Add water and oats and stir well. Microwave for 3-5 minutes, stirring every minute, until desired tenderness is reached.
  • Stir in maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Adjust sweetness to taste.

How to boost the nutrition in this oatmeal recipe:

I know that sometimes carbs and grains get a bad rep, but as long as you’re opting for whole grains any time they’re available, they are a great choice for a healthy breakfast or meal! Oatmeal is a great option for a healthy breakfast and packs in so many good things to start your day, like fiber, protein, and other nutrients like iron and magnesium.

apple cinnamon oatmeal with milk and sauteed apples on top and apples in the background

Considering how few calories are in a half cup of oats, you get a lot of bang for your buck when you add them to your diet!

  • Protein oatmeal: add a scoop of your favorite vanilla or unflavored protein powder into the oatmeal before serving.
  • Boost the fiber and iron: add ground flax or wheat bran to punch up the fiber and iron.
  • Reduce the sugar: you can always reduce the sugar in this recipe if you prefer. For this oatmeal recipe, I was aiming for the right balance between “healthy” and “delicious”.
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

4.67 from 9 votes
This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe is a hearty, healthy breakfast recipe that is loaded with tender apples and fall spices. Gluten free and dairy free, plus meal prep breakfast friendly!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Servings 2 servings
Calories 366cal


  • 1 apple peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegan margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground ginger or nutmeg optional
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled oats (large flake)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or other sugar or sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt to taste


  • Add apples and butter to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until apples are tender-crisp.
  • Stir in cinnamon and other spices if desired. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add water and oats and stir until combined. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 13-15 minutes, until desired tenderness is reached.
  • Remove from heat and stir in maple syrup (or other sweetener), vanilla and salt. Adjust sweetness and salt to taste.
  • Serve with a splash of milk if desired

Nutrition Information

Calories: 366cal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Keywords easy breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, microwave oatmeal

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Wanda says

    This oatmeal is so yummy . It’s just my husband & me & we loved it . I doubled the recipe the second time I made it so we would have extra for another day !!!
    Thanks for a great recipe ????

  2. Katie says

    It was really good! I used sugar free syrup, so I had to add a little bit of brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit since I don’t have any sweeteners like Splenda!

  3. LittleBoy2Be says

    Dear Ashley, mummy tried out your recipe today and I must admit it is truly delicious. As you suggested, she added some ground flaxseed. As she loves the combination of apple and kardemon, she added a pinch of ground kardemon as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It is my favourite so far!

    Warm regards,


  4. Nicole B Agniadis says

    I added a little extra cinnamon to my taste and I used brown sugar as the sweetner. It’s delicious! Thank you!

  5. Chad says

    This was so good! I doubled it so there would be enough for the family. This was so easy, yet satisfying, and I really love the texture of the apples. I used Granny Smith and food and the nutmeg and ginger. Thanks for the great idea. Chad

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