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.
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.
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.
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
- 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. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
- 2. Stir in the oatmeal and apples. When the oatmeal begins to thicken, about 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low.
- 3. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
- 4. Take off the heat, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm with any other desired toppings.
39 Comments on “Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal”
Was craving this and so glad I found your recipe! Turned out perfect!
Oh good! Love to hear this!
The cinnamon apple steel cut oatmeal sounds delicious but is it really 42g fat?
I use a similar recipe, but use half cider, half water, and leave out the sugar.
I love that idea! I will have to try that next time I make this. And that’s a great way to use up apple cider : )
Made it this morning…DELICIOUS!
I am so glad you liked it Kate! Thanks for letting me know! You just made my night : )
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.
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!
I’ll be trying this delicious recipe tomorrow morning!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
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I’m totally a morning person! Great recipe…steel cut oats are one of my favorite breakfasts, especially during the winter. I like to use half water and half milk to add a little more creaminess.
I’ve never tried half milk have water, I’ve only topped it with milk. I’m going to have to try it next time! The creamier the better.
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!
Slow cooker is even easier. I’ll have to check out your recipe! Cinnamon and apple together is so yummy, reminds me of apple pie.
Sounds fabulous, I had granola with cinnamon apple puree this morning but your recipe is the way to go when it gets a little colder!
Ooh, that sounds good too! Thanks Anna : )
This is such a beautiful and simple dish but yet so delicious. Can’t wait to try it. I am making your chicken and rice skillet as we speak :)
Thanks Kathy, I love a simple but tasty dish. And SO excited you make the chicken and saffron rice skillet. Hope your family loved it!
I LOVE steel cut oatmeal and apples and cinnamon. This is definitely the perfect breakfast for cold Fall mornings!
Thanks Rachel, I had it again this morning. Ha!
I love oatmeal ;-)
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!
Pumpkin oatmeal is so yummy too. Thanks for the compliments on my photography Erin, you’re the best!
Cinnamony porridge is like my favourite winter breakfast of all time. Sadly it’s Summer here in Australia, so I will have to live vicariously through you! Lucky these photos are so gorgeous.
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 : )
looks like a healthy breakfast!
What a beautiful warm breakfast! Totally going to try this out next week. We’re big oatmeal people :)
Thanks Ashley! Oatmeal is the best, especially on cold mornings.
Yum! I love steel cut oats, they are so good! I’ve never made them with apples and cinnamon, though, I’ll have to try it that way! I always eat mine with berries.
Berries are good too! Or bananas and walnuts. I love oatmeal, so versatile : )
I’m an early riser, like you, while my husband snoozes until late morning. I’d love to start my morning with this bowlful of warm cereal. :)
I love your pictures. :)
Isn’t waking up early the best!? Especially since it means you get to pick what’s for breakfast.
I just started following you on twitter. :) Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to next!
Thanks Tina! I am awful at twitter. I should probably start writing more things, but never sure what to say! I’ll follow you back : )
if only i could find steel oats! i miss trader joe’s dearly.
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 : )