This apple pie oatmeal isn't just for breakfast, you can enjoy it as a healthy dessert too! Use certified gluten-free oats as needed and enjoy the natural sweetener, raw walnuts, and delicious apple pie spices that bring this delicious oatmeal together.
I'm a fan of a simple, basic breakfast and I don't mind plain oatmeal. But, sometimes I want to enjoy my breakfast a little more and adding fruit and great flavors is a great way to do just that!
Apple pie oatmeal gives you all the flavors of apple pie, but in a quick and healthy dish. Oatmeal is often seen as a breakfast food, but once you try this recipe you'll want it as a dessert too!
- Apples- pick your favorite type of apple! I love a granny smith apple any day, and fresh picked apples are, of course, the top of my list.
- Apple Pie Spice- you'll add a little cinnamon and nutmeg, but don't overdo it! You want just enough to give well-rounded flavor but you don't want to be tasting mostly cinnamon and nutmeg! Cook the spices in and sprinkle additional cinnamon to taste as a garnish.
- Natural Sweetener- maple syrup is the best with this recipe. You can use raw honey, sorghum, or another liquid sweetener of your choice. I think maple syrup just tastes the best. Cook it in, and add more after if you want.
- Rolled Oats- using certified gluten-free oats will make this oatmeal gluten-free. I don't recommend using quick oats because they get too soft and mushy! Rolled oats give a great texture.
- Water- don't overthink this step. You can use half water, half milk for cooking the oats, but I really don't find it necessary. You also run the risk of the oatmeal sticking to the pot more with milk. Just keep it simple with water, and use any milk or yogurt after the cook!
- Walnuts- chop into small pieces and use as a garnish. Walnuts are crunchy but still soft which is perfect with oatmeal!
Making this Oatmeal
This is a simple, yet delicious oatmeal recipe!
- Start with dicing the apples, small. This will help them soften with a quick cook time and it just takes better with little bite-size pieces! No need to remove peels.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a saucepan. Mix together.
- Add the wet ingredients and combine.
- Heat on medium-low heat, covered.
- Stir, stir, stir.
- Decrease heat to low.
- Remove from heat and transfer to bowls.
- Dice up walnut pieces and more fresh apples for garnish.
- Add additional cinnamon and maple syrup to taste!
Oh No, My Oatmeal Stuck to the Pot!
The trick to cooking perfect oatmeal is to start it on a higher temperature, then decrease the heat for just a little bit. But, you do have to keep on it by stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
Even then, you might get a bit of sticking in the end, but it shouldn't burn.
No worries! If you do get sticking, then remove the saucepan from heat after cooking and keep the lid on the pot for a few minutes. Keeping the moisture trapped will help the dried bits at the bottom release and you can reintegrate it by giving a quick stir!
This recipe will yield 1 large portion or 2 smaller portions.
How about homemade cream of wheat? Check out my post on How to Make Oat Flour and Oatmeal and use your homemade blended oats to make a creamier oat breakfast.
Apple Pie Oatmeal
- ¾ cup diced apples (about ¼ inch cubes)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup rolled oats (option to use certified gluten-free oats)
- 1 ¼ cup water
- walnut pieces
- additional diced apples
- sprinkle cinnamon and maple syrup as desired
- Dice apples into ¼ inch cubes.
- In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan, add rolled oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix together. Add in the maple syrup, diced apples, and water and combine. Heat on medium-low heat for 7-8 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally with heat-safe spatula or chopstick to avoid sticking.
- Decrease to low heat and keep covered for another 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer oatmeal to a serving bowl, or two, and garnish with fresh diced apples, diced walnut pieces, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and maple syrup to taste.
- Enjoy with any milk of your choice, or Greek yogurt!