Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal

Sweet cinnamon apples bubbling with buttery oats and vanilla? Sign me up! All the flavors of an apple pie, in a nutritious and comforting breakfast. This 15-minute oatmeal makes for a delicious way to start your day.

Mornings lately have called for a cozy, quick breakfast that comforts and fuels us for the day. I love that this 6-ingredient oatmeal only takes 15 minutes to make!

With fresh apples, warm cinnamon, vanilla and spices, this oatmeal has all the flavor of familiar fall desserts. But, in a convenient and no-fuss recipe that you can enjoy for a make-ahead breakfast. We love warming up with this simple stovetop oatmeal with a cup of coffee.

The steps are simple, and you can easily substitute some ingredients for whatever you have on hand. Prefer a creamier oatmeal? Add milk instead of water. Want a little more spice? Add nutmeg, allspice and ginger. Need a bit of crunch? Chopped walnuts and pecans make a delicious, healthy topping.

Want the steps to your own scrumptious apple cinnamon oatmeal? It’s simple!

This recipe makes a small batch, perfect for a lazy Sunday breakfast for two. Or, enough for you to make-ahead for those busy work days. Bubble together a mixture of maple syrup (or honey), cinnamon, vanilla and fresh chopped apples. Once the apples are soft and fragrant, add your water and bring the mixture to a steady boil. Add your oats and butter, then simmer until you have a deliciously golden, comforting bowl of oatmeal goodness. Wonderful, simple and impressively homemade.

Toss the packet and cook a batch of this irresistible apple-cinnamon oatmeal. It’s like a hug in a bowl!

Craving more oatmeal recipes? Try these!

Old Fashioned Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Buttercream Pies
Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bites

5 from 1 vote

Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal

Servings 2 to 3 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 1 medium apple, small diced peeled or unpeeled
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

For serving

  • Additional maple syrup, apple slices and cinnamon optional


  • Place apples, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender (3-5 minutes).
  • Pour in 2 cups water (or milk) and bring mixture to a simmer. Stir in oats and butter. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are tender and creamy, about 5 minutes. If the mixture seems too thick, add water or milk while cooking.
  • Serve warm, topped with additional maple syrup, cinnamon and/or sliced apples.
  • Enjoy!


Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    Good and delicious!

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