These apple cinnamon oatmeal has all the flavors of your kid’s favorite instant variety—but without the sugar and preservatives! Fresh apples, sweet, refreshing applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy, old-fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe a recipe to kick the packets to the curb for!
Why We Love This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is one of those classic flavors…thanks to everyone’s favorite instant oatmeal packets. And for a good reason! They’re cheap, convenient, quick and easy to prepare, and they taste great. They usually have freeze-dried apple chunks, oatmeal, cinnamon, sugar, and preservatives.
But here’s the not-so-secret secret… making your own is almost as easy as the packs, tastes so much better, and has so many more nutrients! Fresh apples, sweet, refreshing applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy old-fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe an easy, delicious, and filling breakfast your kids will love.
Ingredients you will need:
- Oats– Definitely use oatmeal or rolled oats. They only take a few minutes longer to cook than instant and are a thousand times better.
- apples– You need fresh apples (whichever variety you prefer) and unsweetened applesauce.
- Cinammon & Nutmeg– Warm and sweet, the perfect complement to crunchy apples.
- maple syrup– The perfect sweetener to bring out the flavor of the apples.
- vanilla extract– Adds another layer of flavor.
How to make apple cinnamon oatmeal:
- Dice the apples. You can peel them first, but we left the peel on – that’s where most of the nutrients are!
- In a medium sized saucepan Add the rolled oats, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and diced apples. bring to a boil; Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the water has been absorbed and the apples have softened.
- Take off the heat. Stir in the applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.
- surcharge if desired with additional fresh apples.
Tips & Suggestions:
Use steel cut oats
For a heartier oatmeal, substitute steel-cut oatmeal for the rolled oats. They add a chewy, nutty flavor as well as a bit more fiber and protein. Use 3/4 cup oatmeal and 2 1/4 cups water in this recipe. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
Leftover oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Boost the taste, texture and nutritional value by adding extra tasty toppings! Chopped walnuts, raisins or coconut flakes taste delicious in this apple and cinnamon oatmeal.
Add an egg.
To create a creamier texture and add a protein boost, add an egg to your oatmeal! You can use egg whites or a whole egg. Whisk the eggs gently in a bowl. Once the oatmeal is almost done, slowly add the egg, whisking constantly. Allow the oatmeal to finish cooking for about another minute. You get creamy oatmeal and no egg taste!
Other favorite oatmeal recipes:
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Fresh apples, sweet applesauce, warm cinnamon, and chewy, old-fashioned oats make this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe a recipe to kick the packets to the curb for! An easy, delicious and filling way to start your morning.
- 2 cups Water
- 1 Cup oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon Cinammon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Middle apples diced into small pieces
- 1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix water, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and diced apple in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes or until apples soften.
Remove from heat, stir in applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.
Portion into bowls and add a squirt of maple syrup and more fresh diced apples if you like. Enjoy!
Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 37G | Protein: 3G | Fat: 2G | Saturated Fatty Acids: 0.3G | Polyunsaturated fat: 1G | Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.4G | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 5G | Sugar: 19G | Vitamin A: 60ie | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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