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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 like chia seeds and rolled oats (or use steel cut oats!) for a perfectly balanced, cozy breakfast.

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This sautéed cinnamon apple oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts to make. I’ve been enjoying this recipe for YEARS – all the way to my grad school days when I was studying to become a dietitian!

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.

In this post I also share some oats nutrition information along with the health benefits of apples, if you’re curious!

Want more inspiration for cooking with oats? Check out my roundup of 25+ easy, healthy recipes using oats for more ideas!

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Is Oatmeal A Healthy Breakfast?

You bet! I have a super in-depth post all about oatmeal, including it’s unique nutrition and health benefits and a breakdown of the different kinds of oats (old-fashioned/rolled, steel cut, and quick).

In this post I also round up every single recipe on my blog that uses oats, for all your oat cooking inspiration!

Apple Nutrition Benefits

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.
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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!)

Next, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rolled oats, chia seeds, 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.

On a separate pan, heat up coconut oil (or ghee) over medium heat. Add apple chunks and sauté them with more cinnamon until they start to soften and brown, about 5 mins.

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.

The full ingredient list (with measurements) and detailed cooking instructions is located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

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.

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Recipe Modifications & Topping Ideas

Feel free to modify the recipe as desired! Some ideas:

  1. use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats
  2. use peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter instead of almond butter
  3. add a scoop of plain greek yogurt or a vegan alternative for extra creaminess
  4. sprinkle on different toppings like various nuts, seeds, pomegranates, cacao nibs, coconut chips, etc.
  5. 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:

I’d love to know how you end up using these sautéed apples!

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More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

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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 like chia seeds and rolled oats for a perfectly balanced, cozy breakfast.
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Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  • 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.
  • On a separate pan, heat up coconut oil (or ghee) over medium heat. Add apple chunks and sauté them with the remaining cinnamon until they start to soften and brown, about 5 mins. Remove from heat.
  • Serve oatmeal in a bowls, top with sautéed apples, and other toppings as desired. Stir everything together and enjoy hot! 

Notes

*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.
*You can use these sautéed cinnamon apples with other recipes, too. For instance, serve them over a nut butter toast, simple chia pudding, a yogurt bowl, or over waffles, pancakes, or french toast!

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