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Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

This is a classic breakfast recipe made with fresh apples, cinnamon and a few simple ingredients from your pantry!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 230kcal
Author Ashley C.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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


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


  • You can make this recipe vegan by using a vegan substitute for the butter.
  • Use your favorite type of nuts for extra crunchy topping. Pecans, almonds and walnuts are great choices.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat prior to serving. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.9mg