Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween. I can never remember exactly how many trick-or-treaters we had the previous year so I always have so much candy leftover. Now, I will have an excuse to try some of these fun Halloween candy inspired treats.

I’m glad that the weekend is almost here. I have a long list of things to do this weekend, and with the extra hour I am hoping that I will be extra productive. But we will see about that.

If you are looking to start the weekend off right then you need to make this Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal. It is wholesome, sweet, and a seasonal favorite. The apple cider really enhances the apple flavor.  You can make this as sweet as you want, by adding more maple syrup or brown sugar. It can also be made vegan by using a butter substitute. And you can top it off with your favorite nuts. I use a handful of pecans because I love the extra crunch. With the oatmeal, apples and nut topping, this oatmeal is very filling. You know that you have started the day off right, when you’ve had a big bowl of this Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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Yields 4 servings

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
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  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 medium apples, chopped (I use Gala or Fuji)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans for garnish; if desired


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat butter until melted. Add steel cut oats and stir for 2 minutes to toast.
  2. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Add hot water and apple cider and stir, bringing to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low; cook oats for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and stir in chopped apples and maple syrup. Continue cooking, uncovered for 15 minutes, or until oats thicken to your desired texture.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with pecans, if desired.

Source: adapted from My Baking Addiction


  1. Ali @ Inspiralized

    I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy oatmeal – this is great, thanks for sharing!

  2. Ashley

    I love eating oatmeal for breakfast – it’s one of my favorites. And I love that this has apple cider in it! This weekend is going to be busy for me too – way too much to get done!

  3. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    We had a lot of extra candy this year… Maybe I should start going to the grocery store parking lot and pull my tailgate down and hand them out the children there!
    Love this cozy kind of recipe!

    • Ashley

      That is a great idea, I need to do that next year! I love candy, but I have way more than I need.

  4. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    What’s better than a warm bowl of otmeal on chilly days?
    I need to make this for breakfast tomorrow, so I can have a big container to last me trough next week. It looks so awesome with the pecans topping 😀

  5. Chocolate Shavings

    I love steel cut oats — it takes a little longer, but it’s so worth it!

    • Ashley

      They are definitely worth the extra time and effort!

  6. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I love that this oatmeal has apple cider in it. What a great idea! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Monet

    The mornings are so cold and a bowl of this oatmeal would warm me right up! Love this festive fall rendition of a morning classic!

  8. Kelly

    I love oatmeal in the morning especially in the cooler months! I’m loving your fall version with the apple cider in here, I can’t get enough of apple and cinnamon especially during this time of year 🙂 Hope you had a great Halloween and enjoy the weekend 🙂

  9. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I go through phases of oatmeal kicks and now I know why I always lose interest quickly. Because I’m not making it right. I would want to eat this oatmeal everyday for breakfast. Looks amazing.

  10. Marcie

    I want a big giant bowl of this comforting oatmeal!

  11. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    I love making oatmeal this time of year. Could eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This apple version looks amazing!

  12. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I make a stovetop oatmeal almost EXACTLY like this except I never thought to add apple cider! That is genius! Gorgeous breakfast 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

    • Ashley

      I love apple cider, so I try to add it to as much as possible!

  13. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    Yum! this morning is off to a chilly start and I’m wishing I could have a bowl of this right now! I wasn’t able to be home on Halloween night so I don’t know how many trick or treaters we had..yup..ours was that house with lights turned off and no candies to offer. Next year! Hope you are having a productive weekend, Ashley!

  14. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Loving this oatmeal, would be a perfect way to start my month of November! The apples and syrup leave me dreamy! 🙂

    • Ashley

      It’s November already?! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by.

  15. Marisa Franca

    We have oatmeal several times a week and this sounds heaven sent. I’m getting tired of the regular recipe. Thank you.

    • Ashley

      I hope you like it, Marisa! I eat oatmeal often too and usually just add a handful of berries or a banana, but once in a while, I like to mix it up with something different.

  16. Aubri

    I found this on Marvelous Mondays! I LOVE steel cut oats and this looks AMAZING! I will have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I love steel cut oatmeal. It’s my favorite! This version looks so comforting and delicious.

    We only had 2 trick-or-treaters so we ended-up with a lot of left over candy. Oh well! 😉

  18. Jen Nikolaus

    This oatmeal looks SO YUMMY Ashley!! I am a huge oatmeal fan and am definitely going to try this! Pinning to Saturday Night Fever group board and my Breakfast Yummies board too! Thanks for sharing this at Saturday Night Fever!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Jen! I think you will love this oatmeal!

  19. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    I know it’s good for me and try to get myself to eat oatmeal, but I have a reallllly hard time choking it down and have been looking for some decent options. This sounds really good! I especially like that you incorporated the cider for extra flavor. 🙂 [#PinItThurs]

    • Ashley

      I find that sometimes oatmeal can be really bland so I like adding a little flavor and sweetness 🙂

      • Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

        It’s a texture thing for me. I have a really hard time with it. I read about athletes making it with chicken in chicken broth, so I do that on occasion in the slow cooker with old northern beans and spicy diced tomatoes. Sounds weird, but it works for me. I’d much rather a more “traditional” option if I could find one I like. This sounds like a good one for me!! 🙂

  20. Deb @ Kneaded Creations

    Steel cut oats are a staple in our house. This sounds like another great way to enjoy them! just popping over from the Sweet Bella Roos Pin IT Link Party. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my site at for a short visit! I will look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  21. Val

    I absolutely love this recipe!!!! I made it for the first time yesterday and my kids loved it and I loved it and I had to wake up at 4 o’clock this morning and make another pot because it was so good. The only difference is instead of using maple syrup I used light brown sugar and it was a really good substitute. And then also I put the apples in with the oatmeal as it was boiling because I like the cooked apples and I like the flavor of the apples with the oatmeal instead of just having the diced apples on top with the pecans. Today I’m toasting pecans in the oven and I’m going to try them on top. So we’ll see how that turns out. I’m not usually one who likes any kind of nuts in her oatmeal, but with this recipe, I think it will be a very nice touch.

    • Ashley

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe, Val! Brown sugar is definitely a good substitute. Enjoy your second batch 🙂

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  30. Stephanie

    Does this fridge well ? I wanted to make it today for my breakfast tomorrow and Friday . Just wondering how I would go about that

    • Ashley

      Hi, Stephanie! Yes, it does. I sometimes make a batch on the weekends to last me for a few days throughout the week. Enjoy!

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