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Best Homemade Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Maple Cinnamon Apples | via @forkknifeswoon

Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Maple Cinnamon Apples

  • Author: Laura Bolton
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings, (can easily be halved or doubled) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A hearty, healthy, and comforting breakfast recipe perfect for chilly days: Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Maple Cinnamon Apples.



for the brown sugar oatmeal

  • 1 cup whole milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled (old-fashioned) oats ¹
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

for the maple cinnamon apples

  • 1 large apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


for the brown sugar oatmeal

  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the milk, water, and salt just to a boil.
  2. Add the oats, and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, and cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oatmeal is thick and creamy.
  3. Divide between bowls, top with the maple cinnamon apples, and serve warm. Enjoy!!

for the maple cinnamon apples

  1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, and stir to combine. Let cook for a minute or two, until the sugar has melted into the butter.
  2. Add the chopped apple to the skillet, and stir to coat. Drizzle with the maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are golden and tender, 4-5 minutes. Serve over the oatmeal along with the juices. May be made in advance and kept refrigerated for 3-4 days. Reheat before serving.


¹ Be sure to check if your oats are certified gluten-free, if that’s a concern.

Other favorite toppings: maple roasted pears, 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries, and/or 1/4 cup sliced almonds or pecans.

Keywords: brown sugar oatmeal, maple cinnamon apples, homemade oatmeal, easy,