Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Apple cinnamon oatmeal

20 min
Our apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe will have you craving oatmeal every morning. Served with hazelnuts, granola, and sweet cinnamon apples, this breakfast porridge is very different from a regular one. The apples are fried in butter, spiced with cinnamon, and sweetened with honey to create the most delicious topping imaginable, perfectly complementing the nutty oatmeal. The warmed, whipped milk poured onto this apple cinnamon oatmeal takes it to the next level and ensures a delicious, hearty start to the day.


Step 1
  • Remove the apple core and cut it into wedges. Fry them in butter in a pan at medium heat for about 5 minutes until they are tender and have taken on a bit of colour. Add the cinnamon and honey when they are almost done.
Step 2
  • Mix all the ingredients for the porridge in a saucepan and cook it for about 3 minutes as you continually stir it.
Step 3
  • Pour the porridge into bowls, and top with fried apples, nuts, and granola.
Step 4
  • Serve with warm, whisked milk.

The best tip for how to make apple cinnamon oatmeal that is perfectly cooked is to use the right amount of liquid. Too much liquid will result in a soupy consistency, while too little will make the oatmeal dry and difficult to eat. A good rule of thumb is to use a ratio of approx. 1:2, which is what we do in our recipe although with a bit more liquid to make it softer because you also add apples and warmed milk. The oatmeal's texture should ideally be thick, creamy, and smooth. The oats should still have a bit of a bite and be slightly chewy as opposed to entirely soft.

Questions about apple cinnamon porridge

Making a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack is both quick and simple with our easy apple cinnamon porridge recipe. To learn more about it, keep reading below.

How to make apple cinnamon porridge?
Turning a traditional breakfast porridge into something a little more enticing does not take much effort. Simply prepare some cinnamon-fried apples to add to your freshly cooked oatmeal by frying apple wedges in butter with cinnamon and honey. In a thick-bottomed saucepan, combine oats with salted water. Bring it to a boil as you continue to stir it. Then turn down the heat and continue cooking it for around 3 minutes, until it has gained the desired texture. Serve the warm porridge topped with cinnamon-fried apples, hazelnuts, and granola with warm, whisked milk to pour over.
How to make cinnamon apples for porridge?
Porridge and apples make for a lovely combination, especially if the apples are flavoured with cinnamon. Fortunately, making this main apple cinnamon porridge topping is incredibly easy. Simply remove the core and cut the apple into wedges. In a pan on medium heat, fry the wedges in melted butter. When they are beginning to tenderise, cover them with ground cinnamon and sweet honey.
Can you make apple cinnamon porridge in advance?
Yes, you can make apple cinnamon porridge ahead of time but it is best to reheat the porridge and toppings separately. It tends to thicken considerably when refrigerated, so you will need to add milk or water to it when you reheat it. The easiest way to ensure the right texture is to reheat it slowly at low heat on your stovetop. The cinnamon apples may be reheated in the microwave. Simply splash them with a bit of water or lemon juice before warming them through for 30-60 seconds to prevent them from drying out.
What to add to apple cinnamon porridge?
The best ideas for what to add to apple cinnamon porridge to make it even more delicious include hazelnuts and granola. These crunchy toppings create a wonderful contrast to the smooth and creamy porridge. The nutty, earthy flavour of the hazelnuts pairs nicely with the sweet, warm apples, and you can take the dish's flavour profile in different directions by playing around with granola types. Finally, serving it with warm, whisked milk helps create an even creamier consistency.


2 dl
¼ tsp
450 ml
Cinnamon-fried apples
2 tbsp
Ground cinnamon
1 tsp
1 tbsp
Serve with
Coarsely chopped hazelnuts
4 tbsp
1 dl
Arla Cravendale Whole milk
400 ml

Easy apple cinnamon oatmeal with warm milk

Regular oatmeal is a staple breakfast in many countries but serving it with delicious toppings takes it to the next level. Sweet-tangy red apples sprinkled with warming spices are one such tasty topping. When fried, the crisp fruit becomes soft and tender, retaining only a little bit of crunch. 

However, as the apple wedges are allowed to caramelise in the pan, their flavour becomes sweeter and more intense. The combination of its natural flavour and the warming, sweet-spicy cinnamon is wonderful. As such, this apple cinnamon oatmeal is a must-try if you enjoy oats for breakfast – and even if you do not normally!

Serving your apple cinnamon oatmeal with warm milk makes it even creamier and gives it an added richness both in consistency and taste. Whisking the warm milk lightly first gives it a delightfully frothy texture that makes the combination even more delicious.

Enjoy as a tasty breakfast or filling snack

A steaming bowl of creamy apple cinnamon oatmeal is sure to leave you warmed and satisfied for hours to come. This makes it perfect as a way to start the day and tide you over until lunch. However, you might also like to try it as a snack for those afternoons when dinner seems to be lightyears away.

If this recipe has inspired you to try more great oat recipes, we suggest having a look at our recipes for overnight oats and baked oats as well, both of which can easily be made with the same flavour profile as this delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal and double as breakfast dishes and afternoon or evening snacks.

Delicious crunchy apple cinnamon oatmeal toppings

An apple and cinnamon oatmeal only becomes more delicious with carefully selected toppings. To create a bit of contrast with the soft porridge and tender, cinnamon-fried apples, we suggest granola and chopped hazelnuts. These nutty-tasting apple cinnamon oatmeal toppings provide a great crunch, making for a multifaceted eating experience and keeping it interesting with each bite.

Experiment with the ingredients

If you cannot get enough of cinnamon, you can flavour the porridge itself with this warming spice to make an even more intense apple cinnamon oatmeal. Other spices that pair nicely with this cinnamon, in case you want to amp the flavour a little bit, include citrussy cardamom and sweet-spicy, nutty nutmeg.

An easy way to experiment with the flavour profile without changing it fundamentally is to use different granolas. The easiest way to create a version that perfectly aligns with your personal preferences is, of course, to make your own. If you are unsure how to get started with making a homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal topping, you can find tips and inspiration in our recipes for a classic granola with seeds and nuts and our coconut granola recipe.