Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This apple cinnamon oatmeal makes a perfect healthy breakfast recipe! Loaded up with delicious cinnamon and apple flavor, this easy vegan one pot breakfast oatmeal recipe comes together fast and tastes incredible! Enjoy a delectable morning meal without all the hassle!

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An Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Did anyone else grow up eating Quaker instant oatmeal packets for breakfast? As a child I loved morning meals that were Quaker instant oatmeal. My favorites were always the peaches and cream flavor and the apple cinnamon oatmeal. I’m pretty sure I’d eat multiple packets of oatmeal for breakfast regularly.

Well as I’ve grown up I still enjoy oatmeal but as with a lot of other things from my childhood, I’ve looked to upgrade these cravings to healthier versions. This vegan apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is loaded up with delicious apple and cinnamon flavor in an easy, one-pot breakfast meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. It might not be as fast as the instant oatmeal packets, but I promise you’ll agree that the time is worth it when you take your first bite. And with natural ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup, it’s a sweet breakfast that will fuel you up for your day and leave you feeling energized.

This simple breakfast recipe makes a perfect lazy weekend morning meal, but is also quick enough that it can be made on a weekday morning before work and/or school. Or feel free to make up a big batch and enjoy leftovers throughout the week. If you’re looking for a truly delectable AM treat for breakfast and don’t mind putting in a little extra time and effort, check out our Apple Pie Oatmeal!

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Why We Love this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

It tastes great!

Top priority in any recipe we make, and really in any recipe we try, is the taste. It doesn’t matter how easy it is, how quickly it can be made, or how healthy or good for me it is, if it doesn’t taste good I’m not going to be making it. This healthy oatmeal recipe is chocked full of delicious cinnamon apple flavor, wrapped up in creamy oatmeal goodness.

It’s healthy for you!

This delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal is loaded up with great natural ingredients for a healthy, satisfying breakfast. It starts your morning off with some fruit and some grains, and uses minimal natural sweeteners so it’s not loading you up on sugars.

Simple Ingredients

This recipe uses 7 ingredients, none of which are difficult to find or will break the bank for you. These ingredients are almost always on hand, so this healthy breakfast is never more than 30 minutes away for us. And you should have no problem finding all of these items at your regular grocery store.

An Easy One-Pot Recipe

Great flavor is key for us here, but if the recipe can be easy and require minimal cleanup, it’s even better. This simple apple cinnamon oatmeal all cooks in one pot, so cleanup is quick and easy. You boil your water while you are prepping ingredients, so you aren’t spending a lot of dead time preparing but can just jump right in. It’s a quick and easy recipe for a delicious breakfast.

Easily Scalable

This recipe is designed to make 4 servings, but it is so simple to scale this up to meet your needs? Make up a double or triple batch and enjoy it for breakfast throughout the week. Or make up a big pot of it and have family or friends over. It’s so easy to adjust this to meet your needs, no matter the occasion.

Personalize it for your Taste

I love how much you can personalize your bowl of this apple cinnamon oatmeal to meet your tastes. Joelle tends to like things a lot sweeter than I do, so she can add some extra maple syrup and/or cinnamon and sugar to her bowl to make it perfect for her. I don’t like things as sweet personally so I add a splash of almond milk and just a small sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and it’s right where I like it. Make it as sweet or not sweet as you want! If you like your oatmeal creamier, mix in some almond milk at the end. If you prefer your thicker, then just serve it as is! It’s so simple to make up your pot of oatmeal and then to allow each person to make their perfect bowl for breakfast.

apple cinnamon oatmeal in bowl on plate with apple slices. maple syrup, oats, apple halves, and cinnamon sugar topping surrounding

Let’s make some Vegan Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Alright, let’s get started making us a delicious breakfast! I recommend getting all of your ingredients out and at your work space from the beginning, so you can really focus on just making the recipe. Get yourself a cutting board, a knife, and a saucepan or pot to cook your oatmeal in.

Add water to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Wash and finely chop your apple. As soon as the apple is chopped, add it to the water in the pan. Mix in ½ Tbsp of cinnamon. Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.

After your 5 minutes, add in the rest of the cinnamon, your rolled oats, and your pinch of salt. Simmer for another 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed and the oats are fully cooked. Remove from heat, stir in your maple syrup and vanilla extract, and serve.

Make sure to have almond milk, extra maple syrup, and/or cinnamon and sugar on hand to top your oatmeal as desired. Or just enjoy the apple cinnamon oatmeal as is! I love that it tastes great right out of the pan, but can also be personalized based on how I’m feeling or for each person’s preferences.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a few days for best results.

If reheating leftover oatmeal, you may need to mix in a little more water or almond milk to bring it back to your desired consistency.


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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

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  • Author: Our Sweetly Spiced Life
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


This apple cinnamon oatmeal makes a perfect healthy breakfast recipe! Loaded up with delicious cinnamon and apple flavor, this easy vegan one pot breakfast oatmeal recipe comes together fast and tastes incredible! Enjoy a delectable morning meal without all the hassle!


  • 1 Large red apple (we recommend gala or fuji)
  • 2 ½ Cups water
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsp maple syrup, plus more optionally for serving
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Almond milk, optional, for serving
  • Cinnamon and sugar, optional, for serving


  1. Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Finely chop your apple and add to water, along with ½ Tbsp of the cinnamon
  3. Bring the saucepan to boil. Cook at low boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in oats, rest of cinnamon, and salt to the saucepan. Cook at a low simmer for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed and oats are done.
  5. Remove from heat. Mix in maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  6. Serve in bowls, topping with more maple syrup, a splash of almond milk, and/or cinnamon and sugar, if desired.


Store rest in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within a few days.

For other great healthy breakfast recipes, check out these favorites!

Apple Pie Oatmeal with Golden Raisins and Roasted Pecans

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Toast

Avocado Toast on Sourdough with Everything Bagel Seasoning

Apple Pie Smoothie

Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Smoothie

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