Apple Oatmeal

Apple Oatmeal

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012

In this healthy oatmeal recipe, cook apples into your morning oatmeal and you'll start the day right with whole grains and a serving of fruit.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 crisp apples, such as Jazz or Pink Lady, divided
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt


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  1. Shred 2 apples using the large holes of a box grater, leaving the core behind.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oats and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add water and the shredded apples; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the remaining 2 apples.
  4. After the oats have cooked for 10 minutes, stir in the chopped apples, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon and salt; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and the oatmeal is quite thick, 15 to 20 minutes more. Divide the oatmeal among 4 bowls. Top each portion with 2 tablespoons yogurt and ¾ teaspoon brown sugar.
  • Shopping Tip: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 282 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 59 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 20 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g sugars; 10 g added sugars; 62 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 46 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 166 mg sodium; 306 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1½ fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 11

November 17, 2017
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By: Donna
I did this but in my slow cooker, overnight, on low with grated & chunky apple, i did leave out the sugar but added extra apple pie seasoning (mix of cinnamon, nut meg , cardamom, all spice & ginger) 2 tsp. worked really well & was minimum effort & ready when i woke up :)
August 22, 2017
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By: emkroses
Love all the changes and agree that the sugar is not necessary. If you don't add the yogurt, the protein content of the recipe is reduced slightly (3 gms). Add some chopped walnuts or almonds to replace some of the protein. You'll also get some extra nutritious omega 3's.
November 03, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Excessive sugar! This recipe cannot be rated healthy with this much sugar in it. Apples are already sweet and adding a cinnamon stick [to be removed before serving] would give flavour without the sugar danger to teeth and waistline! Pros: Fruit and oats fine Cons: Too much sugar
February 10, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious oatmeal with some changes Thank you for the recipe! I am not good at coming up recipes on my own, but I love good base recipes that I can tweak and this was an excellent one to try. Here are the changes that I made: 1. If you use a very sweet apple, then there is no need for any added sugar. We love pink lady and honey crisp but found the oatmeal needed the sugar when we used those apples. This last time, we used Fuji and did not need the added sugar. 2. I increased the cinnamon to 2 tsp, added 1 tsp nutmeg, and 2 tsp vanilla (you can add one but we LOVE vanilla). 3. No need for any yogurt. It was thick and creamy all on it's own. 4. I cut my apples small instead of leaving them in chunks. Cooks the apple down better and evenly. If you like your apples fairly crisp, then you can cut them in big chunks. In the beginning, I was dicing the apples by hand very small. This last time, I used the food processor and chopped them up until they were all pretty small. 5. I cooked the recipe with initial ingredients as stated for 10 minutes, added the remaining ingredients and cooked for 25 minutes more for the consistency we like. Pros: Very easy to make Cons: Start early!! It takes an hour to prep and cook!
June 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Great recipe Why does the recipe suggest shredding the apple but the photo shows apple chunks? if you are afraid of the apples not being cooked, they could be cut and then softened in the microwave for a minute before adding to the oatmeal. Applesauce can also be used but be sure to adjust the sugar since some applesauce has added sugar. Yogurt can be omitted as can cinnamon.
March 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Tastiest Oatmeal! I've never been a fan of oatmeal, but the apples in this recipe make this recipe absolutely delicious. I used Macintosh apples, even though they're not as firm, and it blended into the oatmeal perfectly. No need for the yogurt or extra brown sugar on top.
February 02, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Nice weekend breakfast I scaled down the recipe and made it for one. Yummy! I used rolled oats instead of steel cut, and a Gala apple. It took a while to prep but was well worth it on this cold snowy Saturday. Will have this again and again. Pros: Healthy, tasty Cons: Time to prepare
November 02, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Chewy Apples Made for one. Used Jazz apple, all of it shredded, adding half in the beginning as called for and the other half when told to add the chopped. The apples never did get tender. Did not have yogurt, but thought it wasn't necessary. Pros: Easy to make, super healthy Cons: Apples never cooked through
September 29, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
easy and delicious cooking steel-cut oats always seemed like too much trouble to bother with but this recipe was super easy and really great. Pros: easy
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