Is there anything that screams Fall more than warm cinnamon apples? I thought of this recipe the weekend of Hurricane Matthew. Here in Southeastern PA, we were not in the path of the hurricane at all, but we did have a rainy and chilly weekend. When I woke up on Sunday morning to a dark sky and lower temperature, all I wanted was oatmeal for breakfast to warm me up. We had a bunch of Honeycrisp apples in our fruit basket, so I decided to top my basic oatmeal recipe with cinnamon apples cooked in a skillet.
The recipe is so simple and it takes less than fifteen minutes from start to finish. I got my oatmeal cooking on the stove and then sautéed my sliced apples with a little bit of vegan butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. After I assembled my oatmeal bowl, I topped it all off with chopped walnuts and a bit of maple syrup. This oatmeal is AWESOME- and it will make your whole house smell like heaven. Definitely a go-to recipe for the Fall and Winter months. I’m thinking about going apple-picking specifically so that I have a ton of apples and can make this oatmeal on the regular. This Oatmeal with Skillet Cinnamon Apples tastes just like apple pie, but is a healthy and nourishing breakfast that you could eat any day of the week!
Note: This recipe easily doubles to feed two people
Note 2: The nutrition information for this oatmeal may initially seem like it has a high amount of sugar, but 22g are from the Honeycrisp apple!
Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes
For the oats:
½ cup almond milk
½ cup water
½ cup oats (use gluten free, if desired)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
For the skillet cinnamon apples:
1 honeycrisp apple (or use your favorite variety of apple)
1 teaspoon vegan butter (or regular butter)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1½ teaspoons brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
For serving: 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or pecans), pure maple syrup
Boil almond milk, water, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the oats and cinnamon and cook, stirring frequently until thick and creamy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the oats into a serving bowl.
While the oats are cooking, peel the apple and cut it into ½ inch slices. Heat a small skillet over medium and add the vegan butter. Once the butter is melted, put the apples in the skillet. Sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar over the apples. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-8 minutes or until the apples are softened and cooked down.
When the apples are finished, pour them on top of the oatmeal. Sprinkle with nuts and drizzle a little pure maple syrup over the apples, if desired. Serve the Oatmeal with Skillet Cinnamon Apples immediately.
Nutrition Information per serving (without toppings):
Calories: 377 Fat: 9g Carbs: 70g Protein: 9g Sodium: 117mg Sugar: 29g
*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.