Delicious oatmeal, packed with apples and cinnamon and perfect for the colder months. Super easy, and only 6 ingredients!
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, like my yummy blueberry oatmeal! This is especially great for using up frozen fruit!
It doesn't have to be time consuming and use a bunch of weird ingredients. This oatmeal takes less than 30 minutes to make and it makes enough to last a couple of days!
Be sure to use regular oats for this and not minute-oats.
Coconut milk can be replaced with any plant-based milk.
Cut up the apples. You can take the skin off or choose to leave it on. I did a little half and half with mine.
In a sauce pot, place the apples and cook on medium high heat. You want the apples to have a bit of char on them.
Once the apples become softened and start to get a char on them, add in the sugar.
Mix the apples and sugar together well and allow to cook for a few minutes until everything becomes a golden brown color. Stir repeatedly as not to burn anything.
Next, add in the coconut milk (or other plant milk) and mix around. Bring back to a small boil.
Finally, add in the oats and mix well. Cook until the liquid has mostly gone and everything is nice and thick.
- Add almonds and almond simple syrup.
- 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.
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❓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!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Start by heating your saucepan on medium heat.
- Peel and dice your apple and add it to the saucepan. Cook until tender and starting to char. Around 10 to 15 minutes.2 whole diced apples
- Add the sugar and allow to caramelize with the apples.4 Tablespoons sugar
- Next, add in the can of coconut milk as well as salt and bring back up to slow boil.1 can full fat coconut milk,pinch of salt
- Lower the heat to medium-low and add in the oats. Mix well and cook until liquid is diminished and your desired thickness is achieved.1 ½ cups oats
- Top with cinnamon and enjoy!1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Make sure the oats are not "quick" type oats.
- 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 is naturally gluten-free, but be very sure the oats are gluten free.
- You may cut down on the sugar if you feel it is too sweet, or add more if you want it sweeter. 4 Tablespoons was perfect for me.
- If you want to add more to this recipe, almonds and almond simple syrup are amazing additions!
This post was originally published on August 15, 2018 and has been updated on August 11, 2022.