Apple and cinnamon oats

Apple and cinnamon oats

I’m a smoothie-for-breakfast girl. Even in winter I’m happy to pop my heat pack in the microwave while I whip up my frozen smoothie then slurp it down, rugged up in front of the heater. That’s most days. Some days I’m not so brave and I crave something warm and comforting. It’s best if it’s healthy and it still has to taste really good or I won’t eat it. Enter apple and cinnamon oats.

Apple and cinnamon oats

This has been my go-to warm breakfast for years now. I love the warmth of the cinnamon, crunch of the apple and sweetness of the honey as well as the earthiness of the rolled oats. They’re also really good for me.

– enhance your immune system’s response to infection
– are good for your heart
– contain antioxidants that can reduce your risk of cancer
– lower cholesterol

That’s just a few of the benefits. They’re also very versatile and really quite inexpensive. You can get a 900g bag at the supermarket for $1.10.

Apple and cinnamon oats

My version takes about 5 minutes to make and I think it tastes a little like a dessert. I finish it off with a touch of milk just to make it nice and creamy. Feel free to add nut milk or even yohurt, whatever takes your fancy. Any winter fruit will work well too so take your pick.

Apple and cinnamon oats

I have two tips. Tip one: make sure you keep stirring and don’t leave your oats un attended. They can burn/stick to the bottom pretty quickly or turn gluggy if you leave them for too long. Tip two: wash up your pot straight away. I’m 99% sure you can make glue out of oats and water. If you haven’t caught on that means it’s really hard to clean the pot if you leave it for a while. If you can’t wait to eat your breakfast then just fill the pot with water first. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you have a go-to breakfast or does it change every day?

Apple and cinnamon oats

Apple and cinnamon oats
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Serves: 1
  • 1 small apple, cored and finely diced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup milk to serve
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the apple and cinnamon together, stirring, for one minute over a medium heat.
  2. Add the oats and water and stir over the heat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Stir through the honey then cook for another 2 minutes or until the oats have soaked up all the water and softened.
  4. Serve warm with milk.


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  1. Looks perfect for a cold morning Claire. I’m a Greek yogurt and fruit girl but sometimes change it up with an egg and toast. I’ll have to try your oats and cinnamon soon, it sounds like it would take you straight through to lunch without a hunger pang!

  2. Oh you don’t need to tell me the benefits of oats – Miss Arabella yells out the benefits to me every morning. That’s a great looking breakfast and yes, Miss Arabella has apple and cinnamon in hers too! xx

  3. Looks good Claire. I think I might give it a whirl tomorrow morning to get a good start to the day.

  4. I completely agree regarding the glue comment, you’re so right!
    My breakfast more often than not (I’m afraid to confess) is often a banana on the run to work. I really do cherish those extra snooze press’ then run out the door hungry and in a manic state to get to work on time. Tsk tsk tsk…

    • A banana is better than nothing Lisa! You could make this the night before and pop it in the microwave then eat on the run? Might be a bit tricky though.

  5. I too crave warmer breakfast some mornings and I nearly have pulled out my jar of oats to make porridge. Love the combination of apple and cinnamon.

  6. Hehe I’ve definitely been there with burnt oats on the bottom of a pan! So now I have to be patient and stir! 😛

  7. What a wonderful warming breakfast! I have to eat something in the morning, most days it two fried eggs on toast. If I don’t eat, I’ll loose it by about 9:30am, no food = no concentration.

  8. There’s nothing better than apples with cinnamon, what a delicious breakfast!

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