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Start your morning off right with this healthy apple pie oatmeal recipe!

Few things are as American as apple pie. Except maybe…. oatmeal.

A closeup shot of this Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal in a white bowl with fresh cut apples on top for garnish.

Healthy eaters have all seen our share of oatmeal in the mornings. Maybe even at other times during the day as well. I mean, let’s face it. It’s a quick and healthy dish that travels well. You can’t beat it. Sweet or savory, oatmeal is awesome stuff.


Is Eating Oatmeal Good For You?

The term “good for you” is just as subjective as the term “healthy“. These terms mean different things to different people.

However, if you eat grains as a healthy part of your eating plan, then absolutely, yes! Eating oatmeal is good for you!

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Is It Okay To Eat Oatmeal Everyday?

Absolutely! As with most things, portion control is key. But oatmeal is a great source of fiber, which is something we all need more of.

Why Is Oatmeal Bad For You?

This is a question that gets asked in certain circles. And the answer is, it’s not.

That is, unless you eat low carb.

One study done on 12 young boys (a very small study, indeed!) showed that oatmeal may spike blood sugar. But this is in direction opposition to the majority of other studies done on oats.

In fact, oats are considered a low glycemic grain, coming in at a 55 on the glycemic index. A scale that considers low glycemic foods to measure between 1 and 55. So while it’s high up in the range, it’s still considered a low glycemic food.

While some folks may not be able to tolerate it, most should do just fine with oats. Keep in mind, what you add to them can change things a bit.

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Can You Eat Too Much Oatmeal?

Yes. But that should be a a surprise.

Any food eaten in excess will be too much, no matter how healthy it is.

Excess consumption of oats can cause some belly bloat in some people as well as weight gain.

But that is usually associated with the addition caloric consumption.

Can Oatmeal Make You Gain Weight?

Absolutely, if you eat too much of it.

What you add to it can also make a big difference.

How Do You Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal From Scratch?

Oatmeal is really easy in this way. Simply add what you want to add and cook according to pacakge directions.

In most cases for traditional oats, the ration will be 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid. What you add for flavoring after that doesn’t affect anything much unless you are adding more liquid.

Liquid For Oats

  • Water – Water is what is called for on oatmeal packages. It will give you a non-mushy oatmeal that leaves the individual oats a bit more separated.
  • Milk – You can use equal amounts of milk in place of water to cook your oatmeal. But the finished oats will be thicker and more porridge-like.
  • Juice – This will give you an oatmeal texture that is similar to water, but is much sweeter, making it less necessary to add any sweetener to your finished oatmeal.
  • Non-dairy milk – Non-dairy milk will give you varying textures in your finished oats, depending on the milk used. Thicker milks such as cashew or coconut milk will give you a thicker oatmeal like you would get from using milk. Thinner milks like almond milk would give you something more similar to using water with only a slight variance.

What Can I Add To Oatmeal?

Oatmeal toppings are pretty endless. But here are a few ideas.

Sweet Oatmeal Toppings

  • Fresh fruit
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Chia seeds
  • Nuts of any kind
  • Sunflower seeds

Savory Oatmeal Toppings

  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked veggies such as peas and carrots

What You’ll Need For Apple Pie Oatmeal

½ cup traditional oats – Do not use quick cook oats for this.

1 cup water – You can substitute with other liquids. See suggestions above.

1 cup chopped apples – Chop these to bite-size pieces. Tart apples taste best, but use whatever you have on hand.

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground allspice

Maple syrup  – to taste after cooking. Pour on as a topping and stir in.

How To Make Apple Pie Oatmeal

Combining all the ingredients for this Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe in a small pot to cook.

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked to oatmeal package directions.

Pouring maple syrup over the finished Apple Pie Oatmeal in a wooden bowl.

Top with your favorite sweetener and enjoy.

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Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe

Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe

Start your morning off with apple pie! Or at least, it will seem that way. This delicious bowl of oatmeal will feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • Small pot

Ingredients

  • ½ cup traditional oats (old fashion oats)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped apples (approximately 1 small apple)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • maple syrup to taste after cooking

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked to oatmeal package directions.
    Combining all the ingredients for this Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe in a small pot to cook.
  • Top with your favorite sweetener and enjoy.
    Pouring maple syrup over the finished Apple Pie Oatmeal in a wooden bowl.

Notes

Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible. Data does not include honey added to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 4/13/12.

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91 Comments

  1. Little Sis says:

    This looks lovely. I am a huge oatmeal fan, but we can always use some variations. Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      LS – My pleasure! Enjoy!

      1. I love this. Can we use skim milk instead of water? Would that still be clean?

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Sabrina – It’s totally a personal choice. The lower in fat you go with dairy, the more processed it is. However, many clean eaters find that avoiding the fat outweighs the processing.

  2. Rosenbrookm says:

    Do you think I could do this in my crockpot overnight? My DH leaves for work sometimes at 4 in the morning and I try to find things I can make the night before for him to eat breakfast before he leaves so he doesn’t stop at the gas station and fill up on pop and donuts.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Rosenbrookm – I think you could with enough liquid. But I would test it over the weekend.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Kgrarig – Thank you so much! I wish you the best of luck. You’ll do great!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    tmrkup – Pecans are perfect for this. 🙂

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Sara – Most stores carry it. I get mine at Trader Joe’s.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Jayne – You can, but it won’t have as strong of a flavor.

  7. Trudefaith says:

    made this recipe for breakfast today, gotta say I love it!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Trude – Lovely!!!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Dani – Yes, you could use traditional rolled oats. Steel cut oats are like Irish Oatmeal. It’s the way the whole oats are cut.

    1. Dani Kirk says:

      Thank you 🙂 I cooked this and added blueberries and it was delicious!!!

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Dani – Yum!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    They look more like gravel than oats…

  10. I had this for breakfast this morning! Yumm 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sophie – I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Jennifer – As long as it’s JUST honey, you can buy whatever type you like. Some people prefer raw honey, but it doesn’t have to be. Honey doesn’t necessarily need a label because it’s just honey.

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  14. I just tried this recipe this morning. It was absolutely delicious! I am so thankful that I found your site! Thank you!

  15. Lisa Marie Gamache says:

    Is there a way to cook a larger batch to prepare for the week?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sure. Just double the recipe.

      1. Lisa Marie Gamache says:

        should it be stored in the fridge or frozen?

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Depends on how fast you’ll eat it. I would say anything older than 3 days should be frozen.

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  17. Very satisfying breakfast! So good!

  18. Mine was a little watery?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Just cook it a little longer with the lid off.

  19. I always do this recipe in the crock pot and it’s delicious! I do 2 cups oats, 2 cups coconut milk & 3 cups water. On low for 3-4 hours. It’s amazing!

  20. Are the directions the same for Old Fashioned Rolled Oats?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Pretty close, yes. Cooking times may vary a bit. I would try it once while you’re home to watch it to be sure.

  21. Krystal B. says:

    I’ve long been adding an apple and cinnamon to my steel cut oats, no honey needed. Never thought to add allspice though, that might be an extra yummy kick! Thanks!!

  22. I do this in the crockpot overnight. 4 Cups of water to 1 cup of steel cut oats. I add the apple, honey and spices in the morning before serving. Super easy and great for a cold, early morning!

  23. Lillie Moss says:

    You say use raw honey,I can’t find them in store but regular honey.I will try this and go to store get apple,forgot get apples. Thank!

  24. This is great- made for breakfast 🙂

  25. This is the second recipe for oats that I’ve tried (also tried the pumpkin pie oats)…maybe I’m doing something wrong because I can’t get them to taste like anything, much less apple or pumpkin pie! I don’t really care for oats to begin with because they’re so bland. Maybe I’m just too used to the pre-packaged sugar-laden ones that I can’t adjust. Any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hmmm… Maybe add more spices and honey? Give it some time if you are new to clean eating. Your taste buds will adjust.

  26. I found this to be quite watery, did anyone else have the same problem?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      What type of oats did you use?

  27. Rolled. I’m also using Australian measurements, so not sure if they offer from us measurements

    Thanks for replying! I really appreciate that you read the comments.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Do you use the metric system? If so, there’s a big difference.

  28. Yes, the metric system. It wasnt until after I made it that I realised it was probably US measurements.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ahhh, yes. That would do it. I’ll be hopefully adding metric measurements to my recipes in the near future.

  29. That would be fantastic!

  30. Mrs. Sarah Coller says:

    Me and my kids are eating this right now and it’s AWESOME!! Most of my kids won’t eat oatmeal but every one of them (all 8 who are of oatmeal-eating age) are devouring it! Thank you so much for this great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mrs. Sara Coller – 8 children!!! My hat goes off to you. I hardly manage with 1 some days! Glad they all enjoyed it. 🙂

  31. Sounds and looks amazing – I make an apple & date ‘porridge’ as we call it here in NZ with rolled oats.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jo – That sounds pretty delicious!

  32. What type of apples work and taste best?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tburys – I usually ask the grocer what apples are the sweetest and in season.

  33. I subscribe to ZipList and found your recipe through it. Are you supposed to include the apples, cinnamon, allspice and honey while cooking? Or add them after the oatmeal is cooked?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angie – You add them during cooking. I’ve updated the recipe to reflect that. I hope you enjoy it!

  34. How does this hold up to reheating in a microwave? I’m thinking I could make it at night and then get two mornings of breakfasts out of it. I get to work early and generally eat at my desk.

    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – It should be just fine. Enjoy! 😀

  35. I tried your recipe for overnight oatmeal and loved it! My children didn’t like it, so I’m going to give this one a try overnight.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – Great! I also have a pumpkin pie oatmeal they may enjoy. 🙂

  36. I’ve been making and eating this recipe at least twice a week for the past month. Sometimes i’ll add a quarter cup of currants when I cook it and sweeten it a tiny bit more in the bowl with maple syrup. Oh my gosh, I really look forward to this breakfast. And it smells so good while it’s cooking! =)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – How wonderful! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! 😀

  37. This is an awesome recipe! I am new to clean eating and your website has been SO helpful! I love coming on and looking for new ideas on how to make recipes clean =) this recipe was delish!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christen – So glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  38. Your recipes never disappoint!!! Thank you for another great, clean dish!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – My pleasure! 🙂

  39. When you say “honey to taste” what do you usually start with? I am not an oatmeal fan, and am trying really hard to do more clean eating so I want to find recipes that I like to start with. Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – It’s probably best to start with a teaspoon or two and move up from there.

  40. Pamela Palmer says:

    Just made this for dinner … Very dicious & satisfying.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Pamela – Fantastic! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

  41. Just wanted to share a tip about apples for the lady asking which apples to use: while some are more sweet, and some are more tart, and you may prefer one type or another, when it comes to selecting apples? Simply tap them very lightly with the back of your finger like you are very, very lightly flicking someone’s ear. Listen to various apples. The higher the pitch, the better the apple. Same with watermelons…….

    Now, it’s time to put steel cut oats back on the shopping list.

    I can hardly wait to have some of this ‘porridge’…… (sorry, it’s the part of me that still loves Goldilocks and the Three Bears…… *blush*)!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rainah – That’s very interesting! Never heard of that tip before. I’ll have to try that next time I shop for apples. Thanks!

  42. Do you cover with a lid while cooking? And do you peel the apples?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Abby – I did not peel my apples, but you can if you prefer. As for a lid, I would look at what your package of oats says and follow that.

  43. than you for posting this! i love it! this is my first time leaving a review, I just had to. Easy and delicious. makes clean eating that much more enjoyable. Definitely going to check out more of the site =).

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alexis – Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  44. Nancy Perkins says:

    Thank you for the recipe, so yummy! I added quite a bit more cinnamon as I like a strong cinnamon-y flavor, but I love the components and enjoyed it very much.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nancy – Fantastic! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  45. Made this morning with gluten-free oatmeal. It was delicious and easy to make. I doubled the recipe so, I have leftovers for tomorrow too. Yummy! The husband loved it! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Susan – Fantastic! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it! 😀

  46. Dandoon268 says:

    I just made this, and I am absolutely in love with it. Although, I skipped the allspice, I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dandoon268 – So glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  47. In the past before seeing this recipie I have always made the apple pie oatmeal with just one cup of water and it seemed to be pretty good. So does the 2 cups of water make it watery? How does the extra cup affect its taste?

    I just don’t want to end up with a really watery oatmeal apple pie.

    I love this recipie so much that I make it every other day for breakfast. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Abraham – I think it probably depends on your oats. Different types of oats require different amounts of water. Follow your package directions in that regard.

  48. I’ll be making this tomorrow, can hardly wait. And, I’m sorry but on the notes you said that the honey makes this dish, what honey? There’s no honey in the ingredient list. Did I miss something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MJ – It’s the last ingredient. Add to taste after cooking. Enjoy! 🙂

  49. helen turner says:

    i love to print out recipes – however, i’d like it on one or two pages of paper – i just printed your apple oatmeal recipe and it took 4 sheets of paper – really upsetting!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Helen – What printed? I mean, what filled up all those papers? My print function allows you to click the stuff you don’t want to print.

  50. michelle devereux says:

    Can you cook this in the microwave?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Sure. The apple will lose some texture, but just follow the microwave directions on the box of oats and it should be fine. Enjoy!

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