Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal

I love steel cut oatmeal, but I must confess that I typically consume oatmeal of the Maple and Brown Sugar packet variety. These tend to be a quick on the go breakfast that I can make and eat right at my desk. However, on the weekends I love whipping up a batch of delicious, nutty steel cut oatmeal.

Making your own steel cut oatmeal allows you to customize your flavor combinations, which are endless, and control the amount of sugar you use. Last Sunday, I made a delicious batch of Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats with pure maple syrup. These oats really hit the spot on a crisp, fall morning.

I served up the Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in hollowed out apples, although this step is definitely not necessary, it certainly is fun, adorable and the perfect use for the abundance of fresh picked apples I have on hand. I adorned mine with a few chopped walnuts and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. This recipe makes about four servings, which is great because I was able to store the rest in portioned containers and eat them for breakfast for the following two days.

Now I’m going to keep it real here for a second. I loved these, the texture and flavor was perfect for me, but Brian hated them. I think he was expecting the texture and flavor of his packaged variety and these are pretty much the complete opposite. Take his review with a grain of salt because he’s not so much a fan of healthy eats. I thought they were fab and I hope you do to! Have a great weekend!

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

with maple syrup


1 tablespoon butter
1 cup steel cut oatmeal
4 cups hot water
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chopped apple (I used honey crisp)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup chopped walnuts for garnish; if desired
1/4 cup chopped apples for garnish; if desired


1. Heat butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted. Add in the steel cut oats and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

2. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt.

3. Add hot water, stir and bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low; allow the oats to cook for 20 minutes.

4. Remove lid and stir in chopped apples and maple syrup. Continue cooking, uncovered for 10 minutes, or until oats reach your desired texture.

5. Serve in a bowl or hollowed out apple and garnish with walnuts, fresh chopped apples and a drizzle of maple syrup.

50 Responses to “Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal”

  1. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — September 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Those apple bowls are the CUTEST and make me think of all sorts of fun ideas — I wonder about making an apple cake-like thing where a mixture is baked inside an apple, that would get all cushy and runny. Hm!

    Thanks for the inspiration… all of my brain gears are a-churnin’!


  2. Jason Sandeman — September 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I love steel cut oats myself. There are about a million combinations to be had out there. I like to cook them in liquid that is 2 thirds milk. I find that the oats get creamy that way. Finally, a banana goes a long way, as well as a couple of spoons of peanut butter.

    My wife is the same, she can’t stand the stuff. Mind you, that probably stems from her buffet server days where she was forced to look at congealed, crappy quick cooked oats.


    • Jamie — September 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      I love the idea of banana-peanut butter oatmeal! In fact, that may be tomorrow’s breakfast.

  3. Kate @ Our Best Bites — September 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Okay, you have me longing for fall in all sorts of ways. I love this idea!


  4. Evan @swEEts — September 25, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever made my own oatmeal!? The presentation of your breakfast is absolutely beautiful.. I’d almost be afraid to eat it!!


  5. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — September 25, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The oatmeal I’m eating now looks so boring now. Next weekend I’m making this!


  6. ardna — September 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

    i looove the way u use the apple as a bowl. so cute!


  7. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — September 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Such a great idea! I was going to make some sort of apple flavored oatmeal soon, but I love the presentation of this being served in the apples. Very cute!


  8. My Kitchen in the Rockies — September 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great presentation! My husband eats oatmeal from scratch every morning with cinnamon and walnuts. I am sure he would love yours, too. Nice recipe!


  9. ed — September 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Just made it! So tasty! Thank you! Before I cooked my oat meal with milk and water, but this is so delicious!


  10. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I love steel cut oats. That looks so beautiful sitting in the apple!


  11. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — September 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    This looks beautiful Jamie and so how I love oatmeal. I don’t typically add fruit…now thinking apple is a must try.


  12. Michelle — September 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    When I first saw the picture, I thought the oatmeal was inside of a baked apple. That would taste sooo good, but probably wouldn’t be very sturdy. I’m with you on the maple/brown sugar packets, though. :)


  13. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — September 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love your oatmeal in an apple! I would also love a crisp fall morning, but I haven’t had one yet here. Steel cut oats are my favorite- the instant ones just don’t have enough texture for me. These sound wonderful!


  14. Sara — September 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    How beautiful! This would be perfect to serve for a fancy brunch. I’m a huge fan of oatmeal too–especially on chilly days.


  15. Amalia — September 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Oatmeal is my faaaavorite breakfast of all times! And my mom just bought steel cut oats so Yum! I’ll be trying this out (:



  16. Joanne — September 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    The presentation of these babies is so cute! How could anyone not fall in love with them! I’m a steel cut oat girl myself. I try to avoid the packaged mixes (more for expense purposes than anything else) but I love adding flavors to my oats. Apple cinnamon maple sounds divine!


  17. Christina — September 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’m loving all the fall recipes! I can’t wait to make all of these. I made banana walnut and cinnamon oatmeal a lot this past winter. Can’t get enough.


  18. Megan — September 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    That’s the prettiest breakfast I’ve ever seen. I want some!


  19. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. — September 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    What beautiful presentation for the oatmeal inside the apple! I have never tried steel cut oats, where can you find them? I do love oatmeal so I’m sure I would like this type as well! Your recipe sounds yummy!


    • Jamie — September 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      You can get Steel Cut Oats at almost any store. Quaker makes them now, also look for Bob’s Red Mill.

  20. Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry — September 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Hmmm. I think I may have said genius on your last post. So, this time I’m going to say – fabulous! Perfect fall breakfast. And beautiful.


  21. Camille — September 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    This is such a beautiful presentation! Love it! I haven’t tried steel cut oats yet. What is the difference between them and regular oats?


  22. Katrina — September 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This looks sooooo good! I make steel cut oats all the time, and am excited to try this variety!


  23. I love the idea of stuffing an apple with oats — that’s awesome! Sounds so yummy too. :)



  24. loretta — September 26, 2010 at 3:00 am

    i would certainly like your recipe for the oatmeal but i dont think they grow an apple as big as a bowl do you realize that as long as it takes to cook the darn stuff that all you could possibly put in an apple would be at bast 4or 5 tblsp. lots of good full tummies onthat one .


    • Jamie — September 26, 2010 at 7:33 am

      Actually Honey Crisp Apples are quite large (I noted this apple in the directions), once hallowed, I was able to place an entire serving into the apple. This was certainly more than 4-5 tablespoons of oatmeal. Thanks for stopping by.

  25. joudie's mood food — September 26, 2010 at 5:29 am

    This is such a good idea. I love it. I would definitely NOT skip the hollowed apple out. YUMM!


  26. newlywed — September 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I love that presentation! Gorgeous!


  27. chocolate freckles — September 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This one looks so pretty!!! An apple a day keeps the doctor away!


  28. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — September 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Hahaha that’s adorable!! Great idea :)


  29. Jen @ How To: Simplify — September 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    How beautiful! Oh my goodness, I’m in love with the way you served this in an apple!


  30. DCNewlyweds — September 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m going apple-picking this weekend & cannot wait to make this!


  31. Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) — September 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Beautiful shot! I love steel cut oatmeal. I don’t make it enough. This recipe sounds like a darn good way to eat breakfast. :)


  32. Eliana — September 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    WOW – this looks incredible. And the presentation is killer Jaime.


  33. Maria — September 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    LOVE the presentation! Steel cut oats are one of my favorite breakfasts. So good and good for you too!


  34. Elle @ Kitchen Gifts — September 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Oatmeal–and Red River Cereal–is a staple for me once the weather gets colder, but I too tend to be lazy and make the instant packs.

    However, this recipe certainly looks like it’s worth the extra time. Thanks!


  35. Alexa @ Sohdalex — September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This looks delicious, I feel like I need to start eating more steel cut oats ;)
    And I love how you put the oatmeal inside of the apple, how creative!


  36. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer — September 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    We love steel cut oats too and I love finding a recipe for them, we will try this tomorrow AM, thanks!


  37. naomi — September 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I love this! Steel cut oats are one of my favorite breakfast meals. Loving the presentation-cute and clever!


  38. Deb — October 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I make my SC oatmeal by soaking it overnight in my rice cooker and then turning the rice cooker on for 15 mins in the morning. I LOVE it -I eat it every morning for breakfast because it is sooo easy. Now I see yours is much more decadent – I may try to combine yours and mine -maybe toast first add the water, soak over night and the chopped apple in the morning. Yumm!!

    My personal fav oatmeal is orange-cranberry with walnuts though. I use low-sugar orange marmalade for the orange flavor.


  39. Leigh-Ann L. — October 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I made this this morning for breakfast! Sooooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


  40. kat — October 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

    This looks great. It reminds me of baked apples which is one of my favourite simple wintery desserts to make. I core the apple, leaving a bit more of the insides intact – not completely hollowed. Then fill the middle with a rolled oats + butter + brown sugar mix and a sprinkle of dried fruit and nuts. Bake until the apple is cooked through and eat with ice cream or yoghurt. Delicious! Like an inside-out apple crumble :)


  41. Maria — November 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I have a similar recipe to this and i substitute 1 cup of water with 1 cup apple cider!!!! You should try it!


  42. Tiffany Youngren — November 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Excited to try this!! Found it on Integrative Nutrition’s 101 Healthy Holiday recipes! :D


  43. Jen — November 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    thanks for this recipe. My husband takes this to work and loves it!!


    • Jamie — November 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      I am so glad the recipe is working for you and that your husband is enjoying it.



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