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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Stovetop Recipe

If you love apple pie or apple crumble, you’ll LOVE this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal! Warm, cozy, and loaded with cooked apples plus all the delicious spices. 

Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal

Note: This recipe dates back to 2013! But it’s still one of my favorite breakfasts. So I have added some new photos and am sharing it again, for those of you that haven’t been hanging around that long. 

I can’t think of anything better on a cold morning than a cozy bowl of oatmeal. I think that stovetop recipes can get a bad rap – they really don’t take more than a few minutes. You can still get breakfast on the table (or in a to go cup) quickly, and the possibilities are basically endless. 

This apple cinnamon oatmeal is my current favorite. 

Fresh apples, apple pie spice, just a little brown sugar, and old fashioned oats. You can have a hearty, happy, warm, delicious breakfast in less than 10 minutes. 

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I think it’s time for a Lucy update.

My little Lucy girl is getting big!! If you’re new around here you can read more about Lucy here and here.

She is my snuggly little companion. She is smart and sweet and might be the laziest puppy ever.

I was sifting through some blog things today and I noticed that I might be a pretty slack Lucy mama because I never updated my “About“page to include her. Oops.

So here she is…


She really is a doll.

Like any puppy she has a few issues, but nothing major. Mostly she just doesn’t like to be left alone. Ever. At all. She’s not the greatest car rider either. She adjusts. And then readjusts. And then she fusses a little. And then she drools.

This morning I drove Evan to school. So we brought Lucy with us. We were completely engrossed in this puzzle game that Chad put on my phone while we waited in the neverending line of non-moving vehicles. We weren’t really paying attention when it was time for Evan to get outta the car. Evan leaped out…

…annnnnd so did Lucy.

Evan exclaimed, “Oh no!, Lucy!!,” and then took off running after her.

Fortunately Lucy wasn’t trying to run away. She was just really excited about all the little kids and she was really sick of sitting in the car.

I had this brief flash of me having to leap out of the car to chase my puppy down. Just so we’re clear about my carpool attire, it consists of a sports bra under a tank top, a pair of sweat pants, flip flops, a mop of curly disaster hair, and a cup of coffee glued to my hand. I was majorly relieved that I did not have to exit the vehicle.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Oh morning.

I eat oatmeal at least 3 mornings a week. It’s basically perfect. You can dress it up or dress it down. You can make it taste like your favorite dessert. You can add fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, CHOCOLATE! Oatmeal is amazing.

This homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal really never fails me. Lots of good heart-healthy fuel for when you might need to chase a puppy across a school parking lot.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Stovetop Recipe
Yield: 2 servings

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Stovetop Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

If you love apple pie or apple crumble, you’ll LOVE this Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal! Warm, cozy, and loaded with cooked apples plus all the delicious spices.


  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium crisp apple, about 1 1/2 cups diced
  • 3 tablespoons honey (OR 2 tablespoons brown sugar), plus a little more to drizzle over the finished oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (or gluten free oats!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add 1 cup of the apples, the honey or brown sugar, and sprinkle in the spices and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples are softened.
  2. Pour in the water, turn the heat up to high, and bring to a low boil. Add the oats and reduce the heat to medium/medium high. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-5 more minutes.
  3. Add the walnuts (if using), and continue cooking until most of the liquid is absorbed. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls, sprinkle each with the remaining apples, drizzle with a little more honey, and splash 1/4 cup milk into each bowl.

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Sunday 28th of February 2021

I was excited to try this recipe and usually read comments before I start to see if there are any decent tweaks or notes. I can't believe how u responded to someone asking to skip the blog for the recipe. Quite rude and pointing out it was only 2 people amongst your thousands of readers was upsetting also. I won't click on your blogs from this point forward. Very sad that you can't handle a slight critique. Maybe you will have a snarky comment to me as well, just understand that I don't believe you should be rude to anyone for suggestions when you can respond with a simple thanks instead.

Heather Tullos

Monday 1st of March 2021

I would never come into your house for a meal and tell you thanks, but I'd like to skip the conversation. It's rude and entitled. I spend a lot of money every month to host this website and create its content, and I don't tolerate entitled rude people. This is my space. Scrolling costs you nothing. Additionally, I am happy to entertain recipe questions and critiques, as well as tips that make the food better. that's why my readers are here for. But my regular readers? They show back up week after week, year after year BECAUSE I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. You and your feelings about how I handle rude people in my house can also find the door. If you have recipe tips or comments about something other than the way I choose to handle whine-ass lazy people, you are always welcome.


Friday 26th of February 2021

Oh my god this is good. I recently discovered blueberry oatmeal and I was searching for other fruity recipes and I came across this one. Sooo good! Thank you for sharing your recipe : )

Heather Tullos

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thank you!


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

This was delicious! I used cardamom instead of cinnamon (just because I didn't want to have to get a stool to reach the cinnamon in the back on the cabinet lol) and I loved it! I stored the second serving in a mason jar and will eat it tomorrow for breakfast.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

LOVE cardamom with my whole heart. Glad you enjoyed this, Megan!


Saturday 20th of February 2021

Instead of water can you cook the oats in milk for a creamier texture?

Heather Tullos

Monday 22nd of February 2021

You can but milk can boil over easily. I have a whole post on making stovetop oatmeal here:


Monday 11th of January 2021

Such a delicious and fool-proof recipe that is easy to adjust to your liking.

I tripled this recipe so I could quickly heat up some breakfast before working this week.

I couldn't find my nutmeg so I used a bit of Allspice, substituted a third of the water with oatmilk, added flaxmeal, and subbed coconut sugar for brown.

**Advice to those making this recipe with cow/animal milk in the pot- it can curdle from the heat so best to to add it in the bowl right before serving :)

Husband loves it and we ate a bit after dinner for something sweet.

Heather, thank you so much for this recipe, I will be bookmarking it. :)

Your pup is adorable and even though it wasn't what I came to your page to see, I loved that it caught my eye and had me reading about your morning with your son.


Saturday 16th of January 2021

@Heather Tullos, You're welcome and thank YOU.

Hubs and I finished the tripled recipe this morning.

Can't wait to make another weekly batch, we both love it!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Thank you so much for your tips and feedback and kind words! I appreciate you!