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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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If you love the flavors of apple pie, this easy Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe is for you!


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

I’m feeling really sorry for the people who struggled so much with scrolling ALL THE WAY past the blog post to find the recipe. What a serious inconvenience. It must’ve taken so much extra time from their very busy and important lives to undertake such a task.

With that being said, we loved the oatmeal. I made it for my 1 and 2 year old (and myself) and was wishing I had doubled the recipe because we gobbled it up so fast! I didn’t follow the exact measurements (I tend to just eyeball stuff most of the time) but I used a little honey AND brown sugar and made the oats with half water and half milk. It was phenomenal and my 2 year old has already told me “this is my favorite” and “we having apple oatmeal for dinner tonight?”.

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Thank you so much, Kathryn!


Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I made this today using Old-Fashioned Oats. I followed the recipe ingredients with the exception of using Date syrup for sweetener. I added walnuts to Vegan Butter to bring out their toasty flavor. I steamed dates in boiling water and then added that water to my pot. Lastly, I added 8 coarsely chopped dates in with the oats. I served it with Silk Coconut Milk. It’s thick and yummy! Who knew Oatmeal could be so delicious! It was out of this world! Tasted like delicious Apple Pie with a Streusel topping! This has a special place on our breakfast menu. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Heather Tullos

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Thank you so much, Susan!


Friday 21st of January 2022

This oatmeal is delicious! It reminded me of apple strudel that an elderly lady from my family's church was famous for. I used dark brown sugar and added a splash of vanilla (I LOVE the pairing of cinnamon and vanilla!)Next time I'm going to add shredded coconut and raisins. So so good, definitely a keeper!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Thank you so much, Laura!

Cristina Ward

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Just made this for brunch! Delicious. Used brown sugar instead of honey and of course I had to include the optional walnuts! Love it!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

I went back and read your lovely story, because I typically just scroll to the recipe, use it, and be on my way. But reading the entitlement in those couple comments, and your great response, that I think was to the point and very deserved. Well I just had to interact. Thank you for standing up for yourself and creators. I will be making this recipe in the morning. I'm sure it will be amazing, and you are now one of my recipe go to sites.

Heather Tullos

Monday 10th of January 2022

Thank you so much, Katy! I appreciate you!

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