Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats | Food & Nutrition | Stone Soup
Photo: Ruth Jimenez

With different seasons come different food associations. With fall, I think of warm comforting foods and seasonal produce. Apples are a fall staple. Most varieties are at their seasonal peak during this time. I used gala apples in this recipe.

Growing up, my mom would make us cinnamon tea during cold weather. We would drink it and feel so cozy! Now as an adult and nutrition student, I still like adding cinnamon to my meals or take it in as a tea for similar comfort reasons but with the additional knowledge that cinnamon has some great health benefits.

This recipe is an accumulation of all of that. Inspired by the season, but truly great to have year-round.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Serves 4


  • Coconut cooking oil spray
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 2 apples


  1. Generously spray a sauce pan with coconut oil and heat it over low-medium heat.
  2. Add oats and stir frequently, until lightly browned (about 3 minutes).
  3. Once oats are at desired toasty-ness, add in water, milk and cinnamon. Stir well.
  4. Raise heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, lower heat to bring oats down to a simmer.
  6. Cook oats uncovered for about 30 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir every now and then.
  7. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, chop two red apples into bite-size pieces.
  8. Spray a sauté pan with coconut oil and add the apple chunks. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  9. Cook apples until lightly browned and slightly softened (about 5 minutes).
  10. Divide cooked oats into 4 containers and top with apples and nut butter.

*Optional: Add 1 tablespoon honey or your favorite sweetener to the oats before dividing them up. Or, add ¼ tablespoon sweetener to the individual servings. I like to add honey to mine and my partner likes to add brown sugar.

These oats pair so perfectly with some peanut butter or almond butter. You could also add some chia seeds or hemp seeds! I always add more cinnamon too, but it’s not necessary.


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Ruth is currently in her senior year with the University of Alabama By Distance DPD. She aspires to become a registered dietitian. Her hobbies include walking her rescue dog, writing and creating recipes. Originally from California, Ruth lives in Texas with her partner who is stationed at Fort Hood.