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Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

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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!

Small bowl of steel cut oatmeal with chunks of apples and cinnamon next to honey pot and apples.

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.

Bowl of apple pie steel cut oats topped with pecans and sliced apples.

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.

Steel cut oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and apple cider.

Original post from 2017:

I just love oatmeal. Of course I enjoy it the traditional way and as overnight oats.

I’ve also been known to throw it into muffins, pancakes, cookies and even meatballs.  It feels good to add oats and they are so versatile.

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.

I recently made a pineapple right side up baked oatmeal that was scrumptious and I love pumpkin pie baked oatmeal in the fall.

bowl of apple pie steel cut oats with diced apples and pecans

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.

Enameled dutch oven filled with apple steel cut oats and spatula.

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.

Steel cut oats with lots of apple and cinnamon next to honey jar and apples.

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.

You may also like maple cinnamon steel cut oats in the instant pot or pressure cooker honey pear steel cut oats. Both use the power of the pressure cooker to make the process fast and easy.

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!

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Yield: 6 Servings

Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

bowl of apple pie steel cut oats with honey and apples

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve topped with additional apples and pecans if desired.
  4. *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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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

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Apple pie steel cut oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast. It is loaded with apple goodness and a bit of cinnamon. Bonus: Your house will smell absolutely amazing while it cooks!

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Crafts a la Mode

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

This looks really good. I I think I'll be having oatmeal soon. I like the steel cut but I get the quick cooking. best wishes Linda @ crafts a La mode


Sunday 11th of October 2020

I hope you enjoy it!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

We love having steel cut oats in the fall and winter. Your apple pie recipe sounds so good. I like to use the crock pot to make this and set it up at night and have it ready to eat in the morning.


Sunday 11th of October 2020

I keep thinking that I need to try this in the slow cooker one of these days! Thank you for the push to actually do it!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

This is perfect for fall! I love steel cut oats the best and I love that Little Dude wanted it for snack!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

It's hard to say no when they're asking for oatmeal!


Monday 21st of September 2020

This looks kind of nutritious, and I am always looking for recipes that taste good and are nutritious too.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

It is nutritious and definitely tasty! So a win win for sure!

Andrea Nine

Monday 21st of September 2020

I remember this well because I make it a lot, especially in the fall! It has such a good flavor! Happy new week my sweet friend!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

YAY! I am so glad you like it!

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