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This easy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is the perfect autumn-inspired breakfast. Cinnamon-spiced caramelized apples and hearty oats make this a dreamy fall breakfast everyone will love. 

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If you’re craving a big bowl of oatmeal right now, you’ve come to the right place. We are combining some of the best fall flavors to bring you an ooey-gooey apple cinnamon topping for a creamy bowl of oatmeal. Not only is this recipe easy to make and incredibly delicious, but it’s also good for you and the ultimate cozy breakfast. It’s basically like an apple pie in oatmeal form.

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Here’s What You Need to Make This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:

  • Apples  The star of this recipe is apples, of course! We used fuji apples for this recipe, but you could also use honeycrisp apple or granny smith apple. 
  • Pumpkin Spice – A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger that helps bring all of the flavors of fall to any and all recipes. You can buy it pre-made at the store or make your own.
  • Maple Syrup  Maple syrup bring fall flavors to this recipe. It also helps caramelize the apples perfectly. 
  • Rolled Oats  Rolled oats are also known as old-fashioned oats. They are perfect to make a creamy bowl of oatmeal, plus are packed with vitamins and minerals, rich in fiber and a good source of protein. We recommend these. 
  • Vegan Butter – To add some extra flavor to our breakfast we are adding a little pat of vegan butter. If you are looking for a good brand of dairy free butter to use, we like this one.
  • Plant Milk – You can add any type you’d like—oat, almond, soy, rice, etc. You can also experiment with different flavors of plant milk to add a twist to the recipe. 
  • Lemon Juice – This will add a pop of zest to the cinnamon apple topping.
  • Vanilla – Adds a nice depth of flavor to the apples.
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If you want to take your apple cinnamon oatmeal to the next level, consider sprinkling some nuts on top. We recommend either crushed walnuts or pecans!

Other Equipment Needed

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Different Varieties of Oats

With so many different varieties of oats, it can be overwhelming to choose which one is best to use in a given recipe. Each has a different taste, texture, cooking time, etc. Most oat varieties are whole grain and packed with nutrition.  Below you will find the different types of oats and their characteristics.  

  • Whole Oat Groats: This is the least processed form of an oat (the hull is removed but every other aspect is intact). It takes anywhere from 35-45 minutes to prepare and is best in savory applications because of its texture, which resembles rice and barley. They can be prepared on the stovetop, in an instant pot, or even in a slow cooker. Pro Tip! Toast groats before adding liquid to give them a more nutty flavor. 
  • Steel-Cut Oats: These are processed using a steel blade that cuts the oat groat into smaller pieces and is chewier in texture. They usually take around 30 minutes to prepare. Pro Tip! Avoid using a microwave to prepare and do not use these for overnight oats. 
  • Rolled Oats: What we use to make this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe. Also known as old-fashioned oats, rolled oats are one of the more popular oats and are one of the most versatile oats for cooking. Aside from traditional oatmeal, they’re great for overnight oats, pancakes, baking, granola, meal prep, and more. On the stovetop, rolled oats take between 5-10 minutes to prepare. 
  • Quick Oats: A different variety of rolled oats, quick oats are rolled thinner and are chopped into smaller pieces. They cook in 1-3 minutes in a microwave, making them perfect for a quick morning breakfast. They’re great for baking, pancakes, smoothies, granola, and more. Because of their processing, they’re usually mushier in texture. 
  • Instant Oats: The most processed variety of rolled oats, instant oats cook very quickly, as their name implies. This is typically oatmeal that comes in a small packet that you need to add hot water to (such as Quaker oats).
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Fun Facts About Oatmeal

  • Consuming oatmeal can help lower cholesterol.
  • A bowl of oatmeal can help keep you full until lunch.
  • Oatmeal is considered a heart-healthy food.
  • There’s a town in Texas called oatmeal!
  • Humans have been consuming oats for thousands of years.
  • Oatmeal is believed to be invited in the British Isles.
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Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is the perfect autumn-inspired breakfast. Cinnamon-spiced caramelized apples and hearty oats make this a dreamy fall breakfast everyone will love. 



  • 1 apple, diced small
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup milk unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • Big pinch of salt
  • Splash of maple syrup
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans, for serving




  1. To a small pot, add in the water and almond milk. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add in the rolled oats, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, pinch of salt, and a splash of maple syrup. Mix through and reduce the heat to low. Cover with a tilted lid and simmer for about 8 minutes or until tender and thick.


  1. Once the oatmeal is soft, transfer it to a bowl and top it with the cooked. Finish it off with any additional topping of choice and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop

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