If you are a fan of apple and cinnamon oatmeal, especially those instant packets, then make sure to keep scrolling! We are making homemade apple and cinnamon oatmeal that is full of flavor and health benefits. This apple and cinnamon oatmeal is also full of yummy flavors including raw maple syrup, fresh apples, peanut butter sauce, and oatmilk!
My kids have always struggled with homemade oatmeal because often, it is bland, and unexciting. They do love their instant oatmeal, and it does have its place, but I prefer they eat something a little bit more healthy. Those instant oats packets are full of unhealthy additives as well as processed sugar! Why not make something that tastes even better and it better for you!
I alway thought that making caramelized apples was complicated and time consuming. Oh my was I wrong. Not only is it super easy, the flavors are amazing and you can make enough to meal prep for a couple of days if you choose(this is what I do).
The secret to this over the top amazing apple and cinnamon oatmeal recipe is the caramelized apples.
Let’s talk about how easy it is to make homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal:
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 diced granny smith apple
- 1/2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp pb powder reconstitute with water per the directions on the bottle
- 1/2 cup oatmilk or milk of your choice
- Sautee apple slices in butter with the cinnamon and maple syrup. Cover and let simmer on low.
- While the apple cook, make your oatmeal.
- While they both cook, mix up your peanut butter powder or use regular peanut butter.I like the PB powder because its less fat but the same amount of protein.
- Put the oatmeal in a bowl. Top with apples and the remaining syrup. Then top it with some peanut butter. You can eat it hot, or add milk or milk alternative such as oatmilk.
When I make this oatmeal, I like to start with the apples, and they will cook while you get the rest of your ingredients ready.
First, you want to turn a small skillet on medium heat and add a 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the pan(you can also use coconut oil). Slice your 1 apple into thin, small pieces and put them right into the butter. I like to use a tart apple like a granny smith apple. Next add about 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon(or apple pie spice) to the skillet, a pinch of salt and about 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. I say that you should measure with your heart on this one. If you want it less spicy add less cinnamon, or more if you prefer. The same goes for the pure maple syrup. This will create a wonderful sauce to top the oatmeal with. NOTE: this will make roughly enough for 2-3 people, more or less depending on how much you want to use on your oatmeal.
Once you have all these ingredients in the skillet turn it on low heat and cover it. Let this simmer for about 5 minutes. While it is simmering, I like to get my oatmeal cooked. You can use steel-cut oats, or regular whole grain old fashioned oats. I cook mine on the stove top, and I make it fresh each time I make this(but you could make extra and refrigerate it.). While your oats and apples cook, its time to prep the last ingredient which is a peanut butter sauce.
This is simply PB powder, or peanut butter powder reconstituted into peanut butter by adding water. I like to make mine slightly on the less thick side, but you can make it as thick or as thin as you prefer. I love the addition of this peanut butter, it adds a salty note that balances the sweetness of the apples. I like to use the PB Powder because it has less fat but still has a lot of protein. We choose this as a healthier alternative.
Once the oatmeal is done cooking the apples will be too! Make sure to stir your apples occasionally and make sure they are cooking evenly.
Get all the things I use in this recipe here!
This is how I assemble my apple cinnamon oatmeal:
First add your oatmeal to the bowl, then add the spiced apples with some of the maple syrup sauce. Next I drizzle on some of the peanut butter, I like a bit more than my kids. And last, you can choose to eat it as is, but I like to add some of my homemade oat milk to the bowl. You could top this with some crunchy pecans to add more texture as well!
This is one of my most favorite oatmeal recipes! My kids love it too and ask me to make it all the time. They said they finally like homemade oatmeal and that it is so much better than that microwave apple cinnamon oatmeal. This can be a perfect fall breakfast, or really a breakfast for any time of the year! I like to meal prep the spiced apples and put them in the fridge. This way I can eat this even on the busy mornings.
Sometimes I think people see homemade as complicated and an all day effort. With little effort, you can make more wholesome food for your family to enjoy. It is an easy way to cut the processed sugar from your diet. This provides essential nutrients that our bodies need. Why not start the morning off right with this great recipe. The aroma of spicy cinnamon will fill your home.
These simple ingredients are staples in my home. For one serving I cook 1/2 cup of coats. I will add another 1/2 cup for each extra serving. I will use one granny smith apple for 2-4 people. This homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal is one hot breakfast I could eat every single day! By using simple ingredients, you can make a delicious breakfast the whole family will love!
This healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal is perfect on chilly mornings, or even make it for lunch! I have done that on many days. Either way, give this easy recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed!