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Creamy oatmeal with caramelized apples on top in a beige ceramic bowl with a grey rim on a yellow ceramic plate.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

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  • Author: Veronika Sykorova
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats are super creamy, filling, and so easy to make! It's the perfect fall or winter breakfast and really easy to double or triple.


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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1 cup apple cider (NOT apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste

Caramelized Apples

Optional toppings: caramelized apples, berries, nut butter, yogurt, seeds, nuts, or honey


Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

  1. Add milk, apple cider, and steel-cut oats to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir often to make sure the oats don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add grated apple, ground cinnamon, apple pie spice, maple syrup (if using), and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir to combine and cook for another 5-10 minutes stirring often.
  5. Serve immediately with caramelized apples or your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Caramelized Apples

  1. While the oatmeal is cooking, cook the apples.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once it’s almost melted, add in the diced apples and toss in the butter. Lower the heat to low medium.
  3. Add maple syrup, sea salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice. Stir to combine and mix everything.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the apples are soft but not mushy and the maple syrup thickens. Set aside until ready to serve. Heat the apples back up if the sauce becomes too thick as it cools.


Storing: The oatmeal is best served immediately. It will thicken the longer it sits. If you need to, you can store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days. You can eat the leftover oatmeal cold or reheat it in a small saucepan with a splash of water or milk.

Nutritional info is counted without the caramelized apples