Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Dairy-Free + Naturally Sweetened)

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This hearty Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is creamy, perfectly spiced, and sweetened naturally with fruit! Ready in less than 30 minutes and great for Meal Prep.

Somedays you just want to make a big ol’ bowl of cozy Oatmeal and call it a day. And what’s cozier than a warm and steamy bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal?  Not much, friends. Not much.

An added bonus? This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, requires only 7 ingredients, and is naturally sweetened with fruit!

ingredients for apple cinnamon oatmeal on wood cutting board

I decided to use Steel-Cut Oatmeal to make this recipe extra hearty and cozy. Steel Cut Oats are less processed than Rolled Oats; because of this they are denser and have a nice bite to them. While they do have a slightly longer cooking time, I find that the extra effort is definitely worth it. They are always so much creamier!

close up image of gold bowl filled with uncooked steel cut oatmeal

I also wanted to infuse as much Apple-Cinnamon-Goodness as possible into this recipe, and I’d say I was pretty dang successful! This is achieved in two ways:

  1. Cooking the Oatmeal in Apple CiderHellooooo, flavor! The Apple Cider soaks into the Oats as they cook for a boost of apple flavor, and it also acts as a natural sweetener.
  2. Make a Cinnamon Apple Topping by combining Apples, Cinnamon, Lemon Juice, and more Apple Cider! This comes together in a matter of minutes, and you can easily make it while the Oatmeal cooks.

two bowls of cinnamon apple oatmeal topped with cinnamon apples and walnuts

Once your Oatmeal is ready (pro tip: stir it frequently for extra creaminess!), simply divide it into bowls and top as desired! I decided to add some Walnuts to my bowls for a little crunch, but Pumpkin Seeds, Peanut Butter, or even some melty Chocolate would also be great here.

bowl of cinnamon apple oatmeal surrounded by apples on wood cutting board

This Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal is definitely infused with Fall flavor, but I think it would be a great breakfast any time of year! It reheats well, and kids will love it just as much as adults.

two bowls of apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with cinnamon apples and walnuts on wood cutting board

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • If you do not have Steel Cut Oatmeal, don’t worry! Please see the recipe notes for appropriate substitutions.
  • You can use any Apple you’d like for this recipe; I opted to use a mixture of Granny Smith and Gala Apples for that perfect sour-sweet balance 🙂 
  • This recipe can also be made ahead of time for Meal Prep! Just keep in mind that the Oats will thicken as they cool and as you re-heat them. Because of this, I like to add a little extra water to the pot, so they are runnier initially. Layer them in a jar or Tupperware with the Cinnamon Apples and you’re good to go! 

apple cinnamon oatmeal in glass jar layered with cinnamon apples

If you’re looking for more cozy Breakfast recipes, you’ll also love these PB&J Overnight Oats and these Salted Caramel Apple Breakfast Bars!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂



Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This hearty Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is creamy, perfectly spiced, and sweetened naturally with fruit! Ready in less than 30 minutes and great for Meal Prep.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American



For the Oatmeal:

  • 1 ⅓ cup Steel Cut Oatmeal*
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • ¾ cup Apple Cider*
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Salt

For the Cinnamon Apples:

  • 2 Apples, finely diced (I recommend Granny Smith and/or Gala)
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. First, add all of the Oatmeal ingredients to a large pot and bring the mixture to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce the heat to Medium-Low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the Cinnamon Apples. Add all of the ingredients to a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Keep the heat at Medium for the 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to Medium-Low and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the Apples are browned and tender.
  3. Divide the Oatmeal equally into bowls and top with the cooked Cinnamon Apples, plus any other toppings of choice. Serve warm; leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days.  


  • You can also make this recipe with either Quick or Rolled Oatmeal, if you do not have Steel Cut Oatmeal. Increase the Oats to 2 2/3 cup, and keep all other measurements the same.
  • I used an Apple Cider that was preservative free and made only from Apples (no added sugar). You can also use Apple Juice if you cannot find Apple Cider, though the flavor will not be as deep.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Caitlin. I am curious, did you really measure out half a teaspoon of salt and add all of it to your oatmeal? I followed your recipe exactly, but I only put in about 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt and found my oatmeal to have a noticeably salty taste. I had to add in more almond milk to the finished product to balance the saltiness. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d probably just do a pinch next time.

  2. I was looking at making this, but in the UK, to the best of my knowledge, we don’t have apple cider (unless it’s alcoholic). Do you have any suggestions as a substitute or a way to get around this? Thanks

  3. Going home to make this right now, already picked up the apple cider (which I’m VERY excited to try in oatmeal). After working outside in the cold weather all morning, I’m craving a bowl of warm, creamy, filling oatmeal. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. So delirious! I did add 3 Tbsp of maple syrup and walnuts. I used 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup almond milk. I will definitely make this again. thank you

  5. Cooking oats in apple cider, OOH, what a remarkable idea! I never really use sugar in the first place, so I always stick with monkfruit sweetener or Stevia to add some extra sweetness to my food, but fruit is another amazing sweetening agent. Ripe apples are the BEST in fall-style oats, and probably just in general, even! This is a wonderful recipe. I love the way the apples and walnuts are topped on each bowl!