Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples + Pecans

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that’s much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!Sooo…I’ve been sitting here wondering what to call this bowl of delicious apple oatmeal for a little while now. My sister’s suggestions were “apple pie oatmealiciousness” and “caramel apple oatmeal extravaganza” and while more exciting than my usual recipe titles, not exactly SEO friendly or very self-explanatory.

I finally decided on Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, but MAN how boring does that sound? It reminds me of the instant oatmeal packets from childhood – remember those? And the weird, thin, almost chalky oatmeal it made?

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!This apple cinnamon oatmeal is such a far cry from those sad breakfast days, so I had to include the “with Caramelized Apples + Pecans” because that wonderfully delicious topping is one of the main reasons this oatmeal is so good.

But before we get to the topping, there’s some wonderful stuff going on underneath there too. One apple is diced for the whole recipe – half of it gets caramelized for the topping, and the other half is stirred in with the oats.

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!To help hydrate the oats and add a TON of flavor, I used a combo of apple juice and almond milk. You could go for all of one or the other, but I love that the apple juice added some extra apple flavor and sweetness while the almond milk provided a bit of creaminess. Cinnamon and nutmeg are added for spice, and maple syrup to sweeten if you want it.

While the oatmeal is simmering away, the caramelized apple topping gets going. The diced apples are tossed in a pan with coconut oil and coconut sugar and left to simmer away for a few minutes until you’ve got caramel-like sauce and the apples have gotten nice and tender. Stir in the pecans so they get coated in caramel sauce too!

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!This recipe makes 1 serving and is best served immediately, but it can be scaled up easy peasy to make some for a few more people. The resulting bowl of oatmeal is an apple lover’s dream!

The creamy oatmeal has a bold apple taste thanks to the apple juice and the diced apples retain a nice bite. The cinnamon and nutmeg add the perfect amount of warmth! My personal favorite part though, is the caramelized apple pecan topping.

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!

The caramelized apples are sweet, a little sticky, and perfectly tender…you’ll be hard pressed not to eat the topping on it’s own. This is a breakfast that’ll make any day feel special and is sure to warm up your chilly mornings. Enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples + Pecans
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 small apple, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • ⅓ cup 100% pure apple juice
  • ⅓ cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or add to taste)
For the toppings
  • ½ apple, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats, diced apples, apple juice, almond milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Simmer until liquid has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 8-10 minutes. Add maple syrup to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the diced apple chunks and coconut sugar. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has melted and formed a caramel-like sauce on the apples. Stir in the pecans.
  3. Serve the oatmeal immediately, topped with the caramelized apples. Enjoy!
This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!

Comments

  1. I think you decided on the perfect name for this oatmeal! Those caramelized apples are just reeling me in. This looks SO good, Rachel! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab this for breakfast!
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  2. Naming recipes is hard! I would take a big bowl of this right now. It’s been too long since I’ve had oatmeal and I’ve got tons of apples that need to be used soon.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread {GF, Low Cal, Paleo}My Profile

  3. This is as far from those instant oatmeal packets from childhood that we can get! So warm and comforting! The perfect way to start the day!! I just love those caramelized apples!!
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  4. That warm apple topping really takes this oatmeal to the next level :)
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  5. Any thoughts on how to prep so that I could make at home and reheat at work? Could I just prep both parts, store them separately, and reheat?

    • Hi Sian – you could definitely do that! You could also try prepping the oats “overnight oats” style by combining all the ingredients for the oatmeal the night before and letting it absorb overnight. You could also prep the caramelized apples beforehand, and then heat them both at work. You may need to add a bit of milk to the oats when reheating, depending on how thin or thick you like them. Hope this helps!!

  6. Such a nice recipe♥ Loving it♥

  7. The name sounds just perfect to me! And it looks (and I bet tastes) even better! I just know that I would get up early just to have this for breakfast! Such a comforting fall breakfast and nice touch with the pecans for texture! Big big YUM!
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  8. One of the prettiest bowls of oatmeal I’ve ever seen! This seriously sounds like the most perfect fall breakfast!
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  9. Why am I so obsessed with oatmeal? I have been known to eat it for dinner. I am loving those apples on top! So comforting on these cold fall days!

  10. Wow! This looks like the perfect breakfast :) I tried making apple oats the other day, but they weren’t this stunning. I’ll have to try this version next!
    Megan – The Emotional Baker recently posted…Layered Mocha Pumpkin Oat SmoothieMy Profile

    • If you like apple oats, you’ll love these! Took me a few tries to get apple-y enough, cause I’m a total apple addict. This version is definitely the winner though! Thanks, Megan :)

  11. Definitely my kind of oatmeal!! Apples and cinnamon are perfect together :)
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  12. Caramelized apples are some of the best things about fall, whether they’re in a crisp or on top of oatmeal! This is such a cozy fall breakfast, Rachel, and I’m going to have to make it this weekend!
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  13. This looks awesome! What a perfect treat to wake up to on an chilly autumn morning :)
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  14. I think your sister nailed it with “apple pie oatmealiciousness” haha! Love this I’m craving breakfast now!
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  15. One of my favorite breakfasts for fall, Rachel! No doubt those packets were good… when we thought they were good :D But oh my the real deal beats those quick oats hands down! Delicious work my dear!
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  16. Apple oatmeal extravaganza sounds pretty good to me! Seriously, these carmalized apples look amazing!
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  17. This looks so amazing, Rachel! Oatmeal is my favorite and I love apple cinnamon anything! Definitely wish I had a bowl of this for breakfast this morning!

  18. This reminds me a lot of my breakfast the past couple of days. Ever since I bought apple cider I have been cooking my oats in it! I love how it adds another dimension of flavor and warmth =) And of course apple and crunchy nuts/seeds on top is a must!
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  19. Jeanine Cleary says:

    Made this for breakfast. I did not put in the pecans, i used oat milk, unpasteurized apple cider, and omitted the maple syrup (which i do like but it already had the apple cider an coconut sugar) I used a gala apple. Total delight.

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