Apple Pie Oatmeal: a tasty twist on a classic breakfast

On the first chilly Fall morning, I love making a big bowl of apple pie oatmeal. I know it's pumpkin season and everyone's waiting for ALL the pumpkin recipes. And I promise to post some soon! But, if you're like me, and are more of an apple person, then you'll love this recipe.

This apple pie oatmeal is like a warm hug on a cold Fall morning. There's cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a touch of vanilla that all blends together to create a delicious breakfast.

To save time, chop up the apples the evening before, squeeze some lemon juice over them and store them in a sealed container in your fridge.

And now for the questions portion of the post........

Can I use water instead of milk?

Yes! Of course you can use water instead of milk. Milk will make the oatmeal richer, but if you want it less rich, you can use water, 2% milk, or almond milk.

Can I use pears instead of apples?

Sure! I think pears would be delicious!

Can I use steel cut oats instead?

Of course! Steel cut oats take longer to cook -- about 30 minutes -- so you'll need to factor the extra time into the cooking. I'd start the oats cooking with the spices and milk or water, and then add the apple during the last 10 minutes of cooking. If you add the apple to early, it could get mushy.

Do I need to peel the apple?

Nope!! You can absolutely leave the skin on. The skin has lots of nutrients, plus, it will save you time to leave it on.

Some other tasty apple recipes:

Apple Pie Spiced Caramels

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad

Spiced Apple Cider

Apple Pie Oatmeal

It's like apple pie, but even better because you don't have to worry about making crust! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and apples are all mixed in and cooked with the oatmeal. Top it with toasted pecans, a splash of milk and warm syrup for a perfect, cozy breakfast.
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Course: Breakfast
Keyword: apple pie oatmeal, apple pie oatmeal recipe, breakfast recipe, oatmeal recipe, quick breakfast recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Honeycrisp or Gala apple cored and seeded, skin on and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Maldon salt, a good pinch
  • Optional Toppings: maple syrup brown sugar, toasted pecans, toasted walnuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon


  • Add all ingredients to a heavy bottom saucepan (I like using my La Creuset), stir to combine, and bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the mixture starts to boil, turn down the heat and simmer until the oats are fully cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, spoon into a bowl, and top with toasted pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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