Loaded with apple flavor and that hearty steel cut oatmeal chew, this apple pie oatmeal is sure to be a favorite fall breakfast. Grab a spoon and dig in!
This oatmeal is the epitome of fall. It has so much apple cooked in and your whole house will smell like apple pie while it cooks. It is easy to make, the leftovers are great, and it is delicious too. Make a batch every weekend all fall long and it is sure to be a magnificent autumn. Believe me, this is a must make!
If you are an oatmeal fan, you have to try this recipe. It is easy to make and tastes amazing.
We made a batch to share with family during a big breakfast. People were going back for seconds.
Little Dude wanted warmed up leftovers for his snack that night and again for breakfast in the morning. So I made more to have an easy breakfast for him during the week.
How should I handle the leftover oatmeal?
Luckily the leftovers store and reheat well. In a covered container they will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
About 45 seconds in the microwave is all it takes to get you a warm bowl of filling oatmeal. It’s a perfect solution for a busy morning.
But what about toppings?
These oats are fabulous on their own. But a few toppings can take them from good to company ready.
A drizzle or honey or maple syrup will speak to your sweet tooth. Some toasted pecans would add a lovely crunch.
Add fresh chopped apple for a brightness and crunch. Or a dollop of vanilla ice cream is a good choice as well.
If you happen to have a little sweetened condensed milk leftover from making buttercream, drizzle some on top. It’s indulgent for sure, but tastes like melted ice cream on your warm apple pie.
Original post from 2017:
I just love oatmeal. Of course I enjoy it the traditional way and as overnight oats.
If you come around my little corner of the internet often, you know one of my favorite ways to fix oatmeal is baked oatmeal. I have discovered a perfect combination that is hearty enough to be sliced and served as pieces but has a softer, smoother, creamier texture than you’d expect.
Believe me when I say I was tempted to work up another baked oatmeal recipe for fall. However there was a can of steel cut oatmeal in the cabinet that was begging to be used.
The added chew of steel cut oats makes it my favorite kind of oatmeal for stovetop oats. So I immediately switched gears and challenged myself to pack as much apple goodness as I could into a bowl of steel cut oatmeal.
I’m happy to report that I succeeded! This recipe is loaded with apple juice, apple sauce and fresh apples.
It also has those warm fall spice tones you would expect. Top it with additional fresh apples for a fresh crunch.
So if you are in the mood to start your day with a bowl of fall, this is just the thing for you. The steel cut oats do take a little time to cook, but not much effort.
You can trim about 10 minutes off the cook time by soaking the oats in the liquid in your refrigerator overnight and then cooking them in the morning. Otherwise you could pick up some quick cooking steel cut oats
I enjoy the process so I liked taking the time and enjoying the wonderful aroma. Plus it gives you something to look forward to as you wait for the timer to go off.
If you love steel cut oats, try my recipe for healthy chocolate steel cut oats. They are sweetened with banana but have a rich chocolate taste.
More great apple breakfast ideas
If you like apple and oatmeal together, try my apple pie baked oatmeal. It is a completely different texture and presentation, but similar flavor profile to this recipe.
For a fun way to jazz up pancakes, make peanut butter apple pancake pizzas. They are tasty and filling.
If you have a sourdough starter, make my caramel apple sourdough muffins. They are loaded with good stuff including oatmeal, apples and of course bits of caramel!
Or if you don’t have a sourdough starter, but still want muffins, try pumpkin apple muffins. They feature both of fall’s most famous flavors!
- 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
- 1 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened)
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice or cider
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoon honey (or to taste)
- optional: additional apple slices and/or pecans for serving
- Combine the steel cut oatmeal, applesauce, apple juice, water, diced apple, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent burning. Add a little more liquid as you go if it looks like it's needed.
- When the oatmeal is cooked to your liking, remove the pot from the heat. Strin in the vanilla and honey. Start with just a bit of honey and add until you reach your desired sweetness.
- Serve topped with additional apples and pecans if desired.
- *To take some time off the cook time, you can soak the oatmeal in the liquid in your refrigerator overnight. That should reduce the time it takes to cook by about ten minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.