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Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe (Stove Top)

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This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is the perfect hearty, healthy and quick to make breakfast recipe. Loaded with tender apples and spices it’s the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold morning.

As the weather turns cooler I love to have warm, hearty breakfasts.

Oatmeal always fits into that area well for me but just plain old oatmeal can get a bit boring after a while.

But I don’t like buying prepackaged flavored oatmeal for many reasons. It’s expensive when you have a large family and you can’t control what goes into them.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 5 Minute Recipe text overlaid on a white bowl of oatmeal sitting on a wooden table.

That’s why I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite oatmeal recipes. This apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is so easy to make and tastes amazing! If you love the flavors of apple pie, baked apples, or apple crisp you will love this too!

I first started making this simple recipe 20 years ago when we were still living on our off-grid farm. We spent a lot of time working outside in cold, damp weather, and starting the day off with a dish that was easy to prepare but also warm and filling was a must.

Bowl of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon and a spoonful being held up.
Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon.

This apple oatmeal uses just a few ingredients that are easy to keep on hand and is ready in less than 5 minutes. Using apple juice instead of water gives this recipe a deep apple flavor that my kids really love.

How To Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Cooked apples in a pot with cinnamon.
Cooking apples in butter and cinnamon until tender.

Add the butter to a medium-sized saucepan and melt over medium heat.

Once the butter has melted add the diced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring often until the apples are starting to soften.

Cooked apples, cinnamon, apple juice, and oatmeal in a pot.
Add the remaining ingredients, stir and cook until done.

Pour in the apple juice, then add the oatmeal, vanilla, and salt and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

Then reduce to low and boil gently for 2-3 minutes until your desired tenderness is reached.

2 bowls of warm homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal sitting on a wooden table with red apples and a red and wite tea towel in the background.
Warm homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Divide into servings, add a little milk if you like and enjoy!

What Type Of Oats Are Best?

Our family likes to use quick cooking oats for making this recipe. But if you prefer large flake oats you can easily substitute them. Just increase the cooking time to 10 minutes.

Do You Need To Add Sugar?

We love this recipe using just the natural sweetness from the apples and apple juice. But if you like it sweeter just add a little brown sugar or maple syrup before serving.

Can You Substitute Water For Apple Juice?

Yes! Of course, the recipe won’t taste exactly the same but if you want to make apple oatmeal and don’t have apple juice on hand you can simply use water instead of the apple juice.

This homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe has never let me down. It always comes out great and makes a perfect quick and easy breakfast my kids love.

Yield: 2-4 servings

Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

You’ll love this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe! It’s the perfect hearty, healthy and really quick to make stovetop breakfast recipe for busy mornings. With lots of tender apples and spices, it’s the perfect breakfast idea to warm you up on cold mornings

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1 TBS. butter
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups quick oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat, then add the diced apples and cinnamon. Cook stirring until the apples are tender, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Next pour in the apple juice, then add the salt, vanilla, and oats. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn down and boil gently for 2-3 minutes or until done to your liking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 9gSugar: 35gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, this information is for informational purposes only please consult a nutritionist for more information and guidance.

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