This sautéed apple cinnamon oatmeal is incredible. It’s easy to make, high in protein and fibre, naturally gluten-free, healthy, filling and so, so good. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Ingredients

To make this oatmeal, you’ll need:

  1. Chia seeds. Chia seeds are my favourite oatmeal thickening ingredient. If you don’t have chia seeds on hand, 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed also works. Along with their thickening power, they add fibre, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.
  2. Vegan vanilla protein powder. I pretty much always add protein to my oats. I like the flavour and texture it adds and of course, the extra 20 grams of protein. If you want to leave the protein out, I’d suggest reducing the amount of liquid used and adding and additional sweetener such as homemade date paste, coconut sugar or pure maple syrup.
  3. Carrot. I love adding veggies to my oatmeal. Whether it’s zucchini, pumpkin, carrots or squash, why not sneak some veggies in there! I used 1/2 a cup of finely grated fresh carrot for some extra volume and nutrition. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is in fact, good for your eyes!
  4. Rolled oats. You’ll need 1/2 cup of oats for this recipe. Look for old-fashioned oats, rolled oats or large flake oats. Read more on the benefits of oats in my guide to whole grains.
  5. Apple. You’ll need one apple of choice, chopped up and ready to saute. I used a Fiji apple but any kind will do.
  6. Cinnamon. I used cinnamon for both the oats and the apple. You’ll need 1 tsp for sautéing the apple and just a pinch for the oatmeal. If you can get your hands on some ceylon (true) cinnamon even better, if not, regular cinnamon does the trick.

Optional Ingredients:

  1. Coconut sugar. I added a little pinch of coconut sugar to the apples as they were cooking to give them a bit of extra sweetness and caramelization. So good but totally optional. You could also use a little maple syrup or raw cane sugar.
  2. Coconut oil. I started sautéing apples in a bit of coconut oil before finishing them with water. This is also optional. If you prefer to keep this recipe oil-free, just use water to cook the apple.
  3. Sea salt. I added a pinch of sea salt to both the oatmeal and the apples. I just love the way it enhances sweet flavours.
  4. Tahini and walnuts for topping. Again, totally optional but I couldn’t resist adding a few crunchy walnuts and a spoonful of creamy, drippy tahini. Just an idea.
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This recipe has two parts to it: cooking the oats and sautéing the apple. Even so, you’ll only need about 15 minutes from start to finish and I promise you, the effort is worth the reward.

These might be my favourite bowl of oats ever, if not, second only to my pumpkin carrot zucchini oats. The oats are thick and creamy, the apple is soft and sweet and together they make one amazing, special breakfast you can enjoy anytime you feel like something to nourish both your body and soul. These ones will put a smile on your face for sure! They just feel good…ya know?

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For a perfect morning of self-care, enjoy these on a chilly day with a cup of coffee or your favourite tea, a big sweater, cozy socks, some quiet music playing, maybe your journal by your side or a good book and nothing on the agenda for the day. Sounds so good, doesn’t it?

But of course, these are suitable to enjoy anytime. They’re vegan, naturally gluten-free, high in protein and fibre with lots of vitamins and minerals and can be made oil-free and sugar-free.

More Stovetop Oatmeal Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, you might like these ones too:

Carrot Zucchini Pumpkin Oatmeal // Golden Coconut Apple Oatmeal // Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal // Vegan Peaches and Cream Oatmeal // Apple Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Vegan Sautéed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe - Running on Real Food

Sautéed Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
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Say hello to your new favourite Fall breakfast. Actually, it’s so good you’ll want to enjoy this nourishing bowl of oatmeal year round. These extra cozy oats are made with carrot, chia seed and protein powder for extra nutrition and the cinnamon sautéed apples are the perfect way to top it all off.


For the Carrot Chia Oatmeal

For the Cinnamon Sautéed Apple

  • 1/2 tsp of coconut oil (optional, you can just use water if you like)
  • 1 apple of choice, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of coconut sugar (optional, for a little extra special something)
  • water for sautéing


  1. To make the oatmeal, add all the oatmeal ingredients to a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for 7-10 minutes until thick.
  2. To make the cinnamon sautéed apples, heat the coconut oil in a good non-stick pan over medium high heat (you can skip the oil and use water if you like!), then add the chopped apples, pinch of coconut sugar (if using) and cinnamon. After about a minute, add a couple tablespoons of water and continue cooking and stirring. As the water evaporates and the pan dries out, keeping adding more water, a few tablespoons at a time and continuing to cook. Repeat this process for 10-12 minutes until the apples are soft, browned, ooey, gooey and delicious.
  3. Scoop the cooked oats into a bowl, top with the sautéed apples and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 421
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 47 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 15 g
  • Protein: 28 g