This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe is not only delicious, but also extremely filling! Chopped apples are cooked in brown sugar and cinnamon spice then topped on a bowl of warm oatmeal. The oatmeal is also cooked with some cinnamon and a little maple syrup. For extra goodness you can also add some chopped pecans or walnuts! This is definitely not your average oatmeal bowl!
What Is The Difference Between Regular Oats And Steel Cut Oats?
With so many different types of oatmeal, which one do you choose? Here are the 3 main types:
- Instant Oats - Instant oats are oats that have been slightly precooked and dried. This is the quickest type of oatmeal to cook, however they are often a little mushy.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Regular) - Oats where the whole grain oat is steamed and then flattened with a roller to create rolled oats. This is probably the most popular type of oatmeal and is great for baking or smoothies!
- Steel Cut Oats - Steel cut oats are made by cutting oat groats with steel blades into coarse tiny pieces. These are thicker, chewier and less-processed than rolled oats. They do take longer to cook (about 25 minutes) but are extremely filling, digest slower and are perfect for meal prepping.
- Steel Cut Oats - this recipe uses steel cut oats for a thick, creamy texture. But if you are short on time you can certainly use old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Apples - I use Gala or Honeycrisp apples but you can certainly use a different apple if you prefer. Try to stick with a sweeter apple. Fuji apples would work as well.
- Brown Sugar or Pure Maple Syrup
- Ground Cinnamon
- Almond Milk
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Full instructions are included in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Wash and chop your apples into bite size pieces (it's totally up to you if you want to peel the apples or not). In a small saucepan add a little butter, chopped apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well and cook the apples on medium-low heat for 8-10 min or until the apples are tender and cooked to your liking. Remove from the heat, place the cooked apples in a separate bowl and set aside.
Step Two: To the same saucepan add the steel cut oats, water, almond milk and a pinch of salt. Stir well and scrape up any cooked brown sugar that may be stuck at the bottom of the pot. Bring oats to a boil then immediately turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the oatmeal and stir every few minutes to prevent any sticking.
Step Three: Once oatmeal is almost ready (around 20 minutes) add a little maple syrup or brown sugar to sweeten and a little cinnamon if preferred. Stir and continue cooking another 3-5 minutes.
Step Four: Add your cooked oatmeal to a large bowl and top with the cinnamon apples and any other toppings like pecans to make this a super filling and delicious breakfast recipe! Enjoy!
What Is The Water Ratio For Steel Cut Oats?
One big difference between steel cut oats and regular rolled oats is the water ratio. Steel cut oats require a lot more water to cook than rolled oats. This is due to the thickness of the oat and the cook time. For 1/2 cup of steel cut oats use 2 1/4 cups of liquid. For 1 cup of steel cut oats use 3 1/4 cups of liquid. Sometimes I use just water if that is all I have and other times I use half water and half almond milk. Adding half milk gives it a creamier texture.
Instant Pot Oatmeal
You can also make a bigger batch of this recipe in your Instant Pot. It's easy to do and more hands-off than the stove top method. You can make a big batch for a large family or it's perfect for Meal Prep! Check out the Instant Pot recipe below.
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