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Spiced Apple Oatmeal

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Spiced Apple Oatmeal

Spiced Apple Oatmeal

Jessica Braider
Did you grow up eating apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal out of those little envelopes? This is that childhood favorite but all grown up! Plus, it is so simple to make and so much yummier that you might wonder why the other stuff even exists.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 - 2 apple, any variety, peeled and chopped, about 2 cups
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt, sea salt, or other coarse salt
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup optional


  • In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the apples, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg and stir well. Let the mixture cook for 2 – 3 minutes, or until the apples are starting to soften.
  • Turn the heat up to high and add 3 cups of water, oats, and salt and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium and let the oatmeal cook for 5 – 7 minutes, or until the oats have completely softened.
  • Serve immediately topped with the walnuts and syrup, if desired, or refrigerate for up to 5 days, warming individual portions in the microwave.


Do Ahead or Delegate: Peel and dice the apples and toss them with a little lemon juice to prevent browning, combine the spices, chop the walnuts if using, or fully prepare and refrigerate the oatmeal.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Add ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon to the spice mixture.
Tip: Rolled oats may also be called (or packaged as) old-fashioned oats, but are not to be confused with steel cut or instant oats. The primary difference between different varieties of oats is how much they have been processed and, as a result, each one has a distinct texture and cook time.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 111, Total Fat: 3g, 5%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 7%; Cholesterol: 5mg, 2%; Sodium: 41mg, 2%; Total Carbohydrate: 19g, 6%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 11%; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 3g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, All, Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch, Fall, Freezer-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Make-Ahead, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Spring, Summer, Super Scramble Express (20 minutes or less total), Vegetarian, Winter
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