Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 24, 2010

Warm. Slightly crunchy. Just the right sweetness.


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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Yield – 4 hearty servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats ($.20) $.50 containers bought here
  • 1 large honeycrisp apple, diced ($1.12)
  • Few dashes of cinnamon ($.05)
  • 3-4 Tbsp brown sugar, or other sweetener ($.15)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice ($.05)


  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 2 cups of quick cooking oats. Cook according to directions on box.

  • While water is boiling and oats are cooking, slice apple.

  • Chop apple.

  • Place chopped apple into a bowl and add a few dashes of cinnamon, enough to cover the top layer of apples.

  • Add 1 tsp lemon juice and brown sugar.

  • Mix together the apples and sweetness.

  • When the oatmeal has thickened and is gently bubbling (over medium-high heat)…

  • Drop in the apples.

  • Once all the apples are into the oatmeal…

  • Stir them in and cook for 1-5 minutes. If you want crispier apples, just cook for a minute. If you want softer apples, cook for 5 minutes. If you want medium-crispy-medium-soft apples, cook for 3 minutes.

You get the idea, right?

  • Serve Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Cost $1.57

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz February 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Mmm looks good! Your pictures look great too ;)


CatskillsCook February 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

We got about two feet of snow last night. This would have been awesome for breakfast this morning. It looks so yummy.


Heather @ (The Single Dish) February 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I eat oatmeal all the time for breakfast, so filling and so inexpensive. You can do so many things with oatmeal. Looks yummy!


Claire February 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

yum! you just inspired my dinner for tonight :)


Glenda February 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Yum! That’s breakfast in the morning!


Alisa - One Frugal Foodie February 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I just wanted to say awesome job with the photography, I am really enjoying your pictures lately!

Apple cinnamon is my favorite way to enjoy homemade oatmeal. I usually skip the lemon juice though, up the cinnamon (I am a cinnamon addict) and add a pinch of salt to bring out the sweet and spice a bit.


Steve February 25, 2010 at 10:49 am

Great pictures! This is awesome. I’d love to be snowed in and have munch on this all day.


Lillie February 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I have been looking for something to spcie my oatmeal up since I have given up sweets for Lent. This is a great recipe for me to experiment with minus the brown sugar. Thanks.


NB February 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Well, funny I have been doing this for years…. also good with pears.
I do this in the microwave, faster. Also I use milk instead of water, no salt…. I use turbinado sugar instead of brown sugar….(less sweet, better for your health). enjoy! it is great in cold morning even in Alabama! (we had 4 inches plus this feb.) 2010


TidyMom February 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

This looks SO yummy and I have everything to make it!…..looks like I know what I can make for breakfast tomorrow!!



Patricia February 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Looks delicious! What do you think if we use bananas instead of apples?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 26, 2010 at 9:21 am


Would totally work! I would add the bananas in very last, even just before serving, as cooked bananas have a “different” flavor!


Patricia February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Great! I am going to try that too :). Keep up the good work Erin!


Rebecca March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

I had to come back and say thanks for this! I’ve probably made it more than a dozen times this month. :) It’s also inspired me to experiment with oatmeal. I love it with bananas (but I DO let ‘em cook- lots of natural sweetness there) and blueberries, topped with pecans. Thanks again!


Suzi November 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Try using the slower cooking Old-fashion oats and let them soak in milk (either cow’s or soy) for at least an hour. You can microwave for 3 minutes an high or bring to a gentle boil on top of the stove and cook to desired thickness. Top with your apples and cinnamon mixture. Comes out cream and substantial.


Karla December 30, 2011 at 12:50 am

I know what i’m making my brothers for breakfast tomorrow :D Looks so yummy!


Cindy Marsch June 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Nice recipe, to make the oatmeal nice and creamy. I borrowed your image and linked to this post on my own at my site today — I’m posting a different method for oatmeal. If you’d prefer I don’t use your image, please let me know. Thanks!


Bea January 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Aw yum! I am definitely going to have tomorrow for breakfast!
Oh my, I cant wait for my breakfast already, I better go earlier to sleep! :D


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