Quick, Healthy Apple Oatmeal
This healthy cinnamon apple oatmeal is beyond delicious and so easy to make (just 20 minutes). It’s so flavourful and filled with healthy ingredients for a perfectly balanced, cozy breakfast that’ll keep you satisfied all morning long.
This post was originally published on 09.28.2018. It’s been updated with helpful content + fresh images on 10.21.2020.
As soon as fall hits, this sautéed cinnamon apple oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts to make. I’ve been enjoying this recipe for YEARS and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
Sautéing apples brings out their natural sweetness, while making them warm and soft. For even more warmth, vanilla and cinnamon add the perfect fall flavour to this oatmeal bowl.
I also love including ingredients like chia seeds, nut butters, and plain greek yogurt to add in a lovely creaminess to this recipe. Plus, these toppings pack in protein and healthy fats to help keep you satisfied all morning long.
Want to cozy up to this bowl on a chilly morning? Keep reading to learn about:
- The health + nutrition benefits of this sautéed apple oatmeal
- How to make this sautéed apple oatmeal on the stovetop
- How to store + reheat leftovers of this recipe
- Some recipe modifications + topping ideas
- Other delicious ways to use these sautéed cinnamon apples
- More healthy oatmeal recipes for you to try
Is Sautéed Apple Oatmeal Healthy?
You bet! Apples are:
- excellent sources of dietary fibre. One medium-sized, unpeeled apple contains almost 5 grams of fibre, or 17% of your daily fibre needs.
- good sources of micronutrients like vitamin C and potassium.
- rich in various plant compounds that act as antioxidants, helping to prevent cellular damage.
Oatmeal Nutrition Benefits
Of course, oatmeal is super healthy too – check out this post all about the health benefits of oatmeal if you’d like to learn more.
The addition of chia seeds and toppings like nut butters, nuts, or seeds, add an additional source of healthy fats and protein.
As a dietitian, I always recommend having a breakfast balanced in these nutrients – it’ll help to keep you full and energized all morning long!
How To Make Sautéed Apple Oatmeal On The Stove
This sautéed cinnamon apple oatmeal is beyond easy to make and takes just 20 minutes!
Start by washing and chopping apples into approximately 1-inch chunks. There’s no need to peel the apples (this helps to maximize it’s nutrient content, too!)
Cook the oatmeal until liquid has absorbed, stirring occasionally, for about 5 mins. Feel free to add more water or nut milk to achieve your desired oatmeal consistency.
Serve oatmeal into small bowls, top with sautéed apples and other toppings as desired. I personally love adding a scoop of Greek yogurt, almond butter, and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.
Stir everything together and enjoy hot!
How To Store & Reheat Recipe
Leftovers of this sautéed cinnamon apple oatmeal recipe can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days. If you’d like to include it in your weekly breakfast meal prep, feel free to make multiple servings!
To reheat, simply pop it in the microwave or heat it up on the stovetop.
Recipe Modifications & Topping Ideas
Feel free to modify the recipe as desired! Some ideas:
- use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats
- use peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter instead of almond butter
- add a scoop of plain greek yogurt or a vegan alternative for extra creaminess
- sprinkle on different toppings like various nuts, seeds, pomegranates, cacao nibs, coconut chips, etc.
- if you want a little extra sweetness, feel free to add a touch of maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, or honey
More Ways To Enjoy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
If you love these sautéed cinnamon apples as much as I do, know that you can enjoy them SO many other ways (not just on oatmeal). For instance:
- over a nut butter toast
- in a yogurt + granola bowl or parfait
- stirred into a simple chia pudding
- over pancakes, waffles, or french toast
I’d love to know how you end up using these sautéed apples!
More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes
- Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Pineapple Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Chocolate Orange Oatmeal
- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
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Get the Recipe: Quick, Healthy Apple Oatmeal
- 1 apple, chopped (I use honeycrisp)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided (use half for oatmeal, half for apples)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 + 1/4 cups water or almond milk
- 1 tsp coconut oil (or ghee, if not vegan)
- Toppings: nut butter, plain yogurt, nuts, pomegranates, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, pepitas, pure maple syrup or honey, etc.
- Start by washing and chopping apples into approximately 1-inch chunks. There's no need to peel the apples (this helps to maximize it's nutrient content, too!)
- Next, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rolled oats, chia seeds, half of the ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond milk (or water). Cook the oatmeal until liquid has absorbed, stirring occasionally, for about 5 mins. Feel free to add more water or nut milk to achieve your desired oatmeal consistency.
- Serve oatmeal in a bowls, top with sautéed apples, and other toppings as desired. Stir everything together and enjoy hot!