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This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal has all the flavors of your kid’s favorite instant variety- but without all the sugar and preservatives! Fresh apples, sweet refreshing applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy old fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe one to kick the packets to the curb for!

a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with fresh apple slices

Why We Love This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is one of those classic flavors.. thanks to the ever-popular instant oatmeal packets. And for good reason! They are cheap, convenient, fast and easy to make, and they just taste good. They usually have freeze dried apple pieces, quick oats, cinnamon, sugar and preservatives.

But here’s the not-so-secret secret… making your own is almost as easy as the packets, tastes so much better and has SO much more nutrition! Fresh apples, sweet refreshing applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy old fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe a simple, delicious, and filling breakfast that your kids are going to love.

ingredients for apple cinnamon oatmeal

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Oats– Definitely use old fashioned or rolled oats. They only take a couple minutes longer to cook than instant and are a thousand times better.
  • Apples– You will need fresh apples (whatever kind your prefer) and unsweetened applesauce.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg– Warm and sweet, the perfect compliment to crisp apples.
  • Maple Syrup– The perfect sweetener to bring out the flavor of the apples.
  • Vanilla Extract– Adds another layer of flavor.
process shots for how to make apple cinnamon oatmeal

How To Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:

  1. Dice the apples. You can peel them first, but we left the peels on- that’s where the majority of the nutrients are!
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the oats, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and diced apples. Bring to a boil; simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the apples have softened.
  3. Remove from the heat. Stir in the applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Serve with additional fresh apples, if desired.
a bowl of apple oatmeal with fresh apples and cinnamon

Tips & Suggestions:

Use Steel Cut Oats

For a heartier oatmeal, replace the rolled oats with steel cut oats. They add a chewy, nutty flavor, plus a bit more fiber and protein. Use 3/4 cup of rolled oats and 2 1/4 cups water in this recipe. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Leftover Oatmeal

Leftover oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Extra Add-Ins

Boost the flavor, texture, and nutrition by adding extra tasty toppings! Chopped walnuts, raisins, or flaked coconut all taste delicious in this apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Add an egg.

To create a creamier texture and add a boost of protein, add an egg to your oatmeal! You can use egg whites, or a whole egg. Gently whisk the eggs in a bowl. Once the oatmeal is almost cooked, slowly add the egg while stirring constantly. Allow the oatmeal to finish cooking, about another minute. You’ll end up with creamy oats, and no eggy flavor!

a spoonful of oatmeal with cinnamon

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Fresh apples, sweet applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy old fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe one to kick the packets to the curb for! An easy, delicious, and filling way to start your morning.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 166kcal



  • Mix water, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and diced apples in a saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes or until the apples begin to soften.
  • Remove from heat, stir in applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Portion into bowls and add a drizzle of maple syrup and more fresh diced apples if you want. Enjoy!


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword : Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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