Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oatmeal cooked with sweet and tart granny smith apples, ground cinnamon and sweetened up with brown sugar. A filling and healthy breakfast staple around my house.

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

So…I went to bed last night at 8:15.

No, that was not a typo.

I love daylight savings. Being quite the morning person, daylight savings allows me to outdo my “early to bed early to rise” tendencies by going to bed even earlier and waking up even earlier than normal. At least for the first week until I adjust.

People think I’m nuts when they find out that my job work hours are 6:30am-3pm. But I love it. Hear me out. Mornings are quiet and peaceful. There is hardly any traffic. I get to see some beautiful sunrises on my drives in. The line at Starbucks is always very short. And I’m off work in time to make it to all the best happy hours in town. It’s the best.

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

My husband isn’t quite as eager to wake up as early as me, which means I get to sneak out to the kitchen and decide what breakfast is while he snoozes away. And lately, I have been making lots and lots of this apple cinnamon oatmeal. It warms me up on these crisp, cold fall mornings and is mighty tasty to boot.

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

It’s a great wait to start your morning. Even if your mornings start when it is very, very early and still dark out.

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal
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Serves: 4
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal (aka irish oatmeal)
  • 1 cup granny smith apples, peeled and chopped medium
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. 1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  2. 2. Stir in the oatmeal and apples. When the oatmeal begins to thicken, about 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low.
  3. 3. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4. Take off the heat, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm with any other desired toppings.
If you don't have granny smith apples, use any other apples you have on hand. But granny smith will give you the strongest apple flavor.

I don't like my oatmeal too sweet, but if you like yours sweeter add in more brown sugar. You could also use agave nectar or honey.

I often triple this recipe, and reheat throughout the week. To reheat, cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, stirring in more water to thin to desired consistency. Will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 218 Fat: 42g

Lovely comments so far...

    • says

      There aren’t any steel cut oats in Switzerland? Oh no! I should mail you some. And I would probably die if I didn’t have a Trader Joe’s around the corner. I’m so spoiled by it : )

    • says

      Australia! I’ve always wanted to go to Australia. I’ll have to live vicariously through your photo’s and pretend I am there. Thanks for the compliments on my photo’s Sarah, you’re so nice : )

  1. says

    Morning is my absolute favorite time of day, though I’ve been staying up wayyyy to late to take full advantage of it. Also, steel cut oats are my new true love. I’ve almost gotten tired of my current pumpkin version, so I’m going to have to switch it up with your apple twist.
    PS. Your photos are gorgeous. That steam? Swooning!

  2. says

    I have a similar cinnamon apple oatmeal recipe on my blog and it’s made in the slow cooker – honestly, I sometimes can’t really wait for that so I love your version :) whips up super quick and I love the cinnamon + apple flavor – it’s so warm and comforting for the cold weather!

  3. says

    Love these pictures! Looks like the perfect fall and winter breakfast. I’m lazy and cook steel cut oats in my rice cooker ;) You should definitely try cooking it with half milk (like Kelli said above) or even vanilla almond milk–which is my favorite.

    • says

      I have never heard of cooking them in a rice cooker. Now that is a good idea. That’s the one bad thing about steel cut oats, they take so long to make. That’s why I usually make a huge batch at once and then reheat. Definitely trying it with half milk next time. Thanks Laura!

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