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Apple Pie Oatmeal

This apple-packed, cinnamon-flavored oatmeal will make you feel like you’re eating apple pie for breakfast.

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  • Ratings & Comments (42)


1/2 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
1 cup water
1 apple, cored, and diced
1 Medjool or 2 regular dates, pitted, finely chopped or 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder (see note)


Place oats and water in small pot and bring to gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. (If using steel cut oats, double the amount of water and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender)

Stir in apple, chopped dates or raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla and heat through. Add additional water if needed to adjust consistency.

Note: A 1/4 teaspoon of alcohol-free vanilla extract can be substituted for the vanilla bean powder.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 1

Per Serving:

Calories 365
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 72 g
Sugars 35 g
Total Fat 8.6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Fiber 10.9 g
Beta-Carotene 72 ug
Vitamin C 9 mg
Calcium 48 mg
Iron 10.7 mg
Folate 17 ug
Magnesium 37 mg
Potassium 400 mg
Zinc 0.5 mg
Selenium 0.4 ug

My Rating: 
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01/25/2013 10:25 AM

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This is a good recipe for a cold morning in lieu of my usual smoothie. Very quick and easy. I used 1 tablespoon of raisins & walnuts, rather than 2 of the dates and walnuts and it was still good. I added a few tablespoons of unsweetened apple juice to keep the oatmeal from sticking.


03/11/2013 06:16 PM

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How much cinnamon would be considered a high dose? OK Ceylon Cinnamon -- one more thing to consider ...


03/13/2013 01:58 PM

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Really great with ingredients that many have around the house.


06/15/2013 10:04 PM

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My favorite breakfast food...however I prefer to place pumpkin pie spice in the water and cook the oatmeal in it and add apples and raisins.

mrb55 replies:

01/03/2019 03:00 PM

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Great idea, little step - big difference. Thanks



12/11/2013 10:25 AM

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Easy, quick... Going to be a definately go-to recipe.


05/28/2014 03:35 AM

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Absolutely one of my favorite breakfasts! My daughter likes it too, which means we eat it at least once a week, every week.


05/16/2015 09:32 AM

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This is a great recipe and very tasty!


08/10/2015 04:20 PM

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I've been a Nutritarian for exactly one week and I love this breakfast! (This coming from someone who always swore she hated oatmeal!)


09/24/2015 04:57 PM

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This is almost exactly my Steel Cut oat recipe, but instead of dates I put two over ripened bananas. Also a dash of cardamon gives it a nice kick.


09/24/2015 08:38 PM

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I had never liked the texture of steel cut oats until I thought of putting them in the blender after cooking, along with a little soy milk and some soaked raisins. Now, I can't believe how tasty it is. Sort of like eating a decadent cookie dough! Not everyone would like it like this-- so much like batter -but to me it's divine.


09/26/2015 08:50 PM

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My favorite oatmeal contains the following: Oatmeal, boiling water, sliced peaches (frozen), dried apricots (sliced up), raisins, chopped apple, and walnuts. YUM!


10/09/2015 10:31 AM

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Hubby and I just tried this and loved it even though I am not an oatmeal fan! I had a huge apple so only used one apple. I think I'll try doubling the cinnamon and vanilla for a little more flavor. This is definitely be a repeat!
This comment was last edited on 10/09/2015 10:32 AM


10/27/2015 09:02 AM

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This is my very first nutritarian meal, and I have to say, delish!


06/24/2016 12:50 PM

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A winner, quick, easy. I will try it uncooked also.


12/11/2016 11:25 AM

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Really easy to prepare and love the taste.  Second portion was even better on 3rd day!  Definitely be making this again.

This comment was last edited on 12/11/2016 11:28 AM


06/01/2017 07:17 PM

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I love this. I make it very often. I just started eating this way last week and have made it 3 times. It does taste like an apple desert. I didn't know dates were such good sweeteners.


09/01/2017 09:03 AM

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Just started eating the nutritarian way and really liking it more than I thought.  This is definitely a go to breakfast for me.  Been eating it most mornings and love it!

This comment was last edited on 09/01/2017 09:06 AM


09/23/2017 05:16 PM

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I love this recipe.  I have cooked this for my guests in the mornings and they all want the recipe.  They're shocked when I tell them there is no sugar.  Thank you for sharing! 


10/08/2017 12:06 PM

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anyone ever microwaved this? I disonr use a microwave until I started eating another ETL oat recipe. Now, I don’t even want to mess up a pot. Love the one bowl action. 

SkippyOne replies:

10/28/2017 02:52 PM

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I generally double these recipes, which altogether makes 5 servings, store, and eat one fifth each weekday am, heated about 90 seconds in microwave, with a splash of almond milk.  Delish.


10/30/2017 12:14 AM

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Very nice!  I doubled it, used Honeycrisp apples, and added some ground nutmeg too.  Reheated each AM with a splash of almond milk, a great breakfast for the week.  


11/05/2017 09:40 AM

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Really good, I only used one apple cause two seemed to be too much.  It was awsome, from a new nutritarian who is finding it really hard to find any of this food good!!  : )

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01/14/2024 05:22 PM

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"This food". Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds picked from nature plus beans grown in the ground.


11/29/2017 08:28 PM

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I batch cook a large quantity of steel cut oats so that I can scoop it out for breakfast.  What would that serving amount be?  I usually ccok up 1-1/2 cups and it lasts for a week.  Maybe I am serving myself too small of portions?



05/23/2018 08:11 AM

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08/07/2018 09:42 PM

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bland...nothing like it looks...taste like apple pieces and bland oatmeal...these reviewers are crazy

This comment was last edited on 08/07/2018 09:43 PM

vbpets replies:

01/14/2024 05:26 PM

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"Bland". Oats, Apples, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Walnuts.  The problem is you. You want pizza and don't know how to cook either.


10/01/2018 09:28 AM

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Is there a problem with not peeling apples? I always like to use the peel for extra fibre. 

Nancy69 replies:

02/24/2024 10:59 AM

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The recipe doesn't ask for apples to be peeled.


10/16/2018 05:38 PM

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I liked & filling!


02/04/2019 07:57 AM

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We love this recipe. Have been using it for the base then adding or substituting  nuts, seeds and berries as our tastes dictate. Cannot go back to plain oatmeal. 


02/09/2019 01:18 PM

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Loved it. Sweet and warming during the big frost outside


02/22/2019 11:51 PM

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Three years after first making this, it's still my go-to breakfast!  It's morphed into something really delicious:  I always put in the apples, cinnamon and a medjool date, but I like to throw in a pear or peach, and I dump in ground flax seed, whole chia seeds, chopped walnuts, and unsweetened coconut flakes.  I cook it in my instant pot and make a three day batch, then can just reheat it for the next couple of days.  My daughter likes to add banana slices to top hers off.  You can really have fun with this and it always tastes sweet and good, good, good!!!


04/09/2019 05:27 PM

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I see nothing about GLYPHOSATE in regular oats. Wouldn't it be wise to suggest that all oats be organic? Glyphosate from RoundUp has been known to be in regular oats and distroys stomach good bacteria as well as causing NON HODGKINS LYMPHOMA.

vbpets replies:

01/14/2024 05:30 PM

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The glyphosate residue levels are minuscule and are of no concern. They are far below the established safe levels, by an order of 100-1000x AND have been declining for years.

And good luck getting a bunch of morbidly obese people to switch to organic eating, anyway.

This reply was last edited on 01/14/2024 05:30 PM


08/03/2019 02:45 PM

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I make a version of this (only because I already was before I saw this recipe!) that is almost identical.  But I make it at night and refrigerate it and eat it cold the next morning.  I've had it both ways and it is MUCH better cold.  It tastes exactly like an apple pie.  You get the apple filling part and then the cold oats taste like crust.  It's WAY better cold, to me.  It's also more flavorful.  Somehow when it's warm, the flavors don't come out as much.


11/22/2019 08:10 PM

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I have been making this for the last several years.  I add the chopped apple to the oatmeal about 3 minutes into the 5 minute cooking time and add raisins to it for about the last 30 seconds.  It usually takes a few additional minutes to finish cooking, but the apples and raisins get to soften and the oatmeal is still nice and hot when you eat it.  I just top it off with the cinnamon and nuts and stir it in while eating.  Will have try it with the added vanilla.  Sounds really good.


02/22/2020 01:25 PM

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Doubled the cinnamon, tastes great. Will definitely make again.


06/03/2020 03:46 PM

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Can I substitute oat bran for the oatmeal?  Also, I have been using oat bran in blender drinks, and smoothie bowls, but I don't cook it.  Is it Ok to eat it raw?



01/11/2021 11:36 AM

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This is a very tasty and satisfying breakfast.  I did some calorie counting, however, and came up with about 390 calories per serving as opposed to the 284 stated.  Has anyone ever gone through the exercise?


01/19/2021 12:57 PM

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Enjoyed how quick and easy this breakfast was to prepare.  Delicious! 

This comment was last edited on 01/19/2021 12:58 PM


06/05/2022 06:15 AM

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Surprisingly filling, a little too sweet for me, but still delicious. I swapped one tablespoon of walnuts for ground flaxseed, next time I'll add less raisins.


10/12/2022 11:09 PM

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Delicious! I added sliced banana and 1/2 a juiced oranged to each bowl - so good. 


10/24/2022 09:39 AM

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Yum yum yum yum thank you just what I needed!


10/28/2022 11:14 AM

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This is really good!  I used steel cut oats which needed about 30 mins cook time. Also added the apple and dates to the pot half way through cooking. As with most Dr Fuhrman recipes, this turned out to be at least 2 servings, not just 1!


04/04/2023 08:09 AM

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Delicious and filling! This oatmeal truly tastes like apple pie - Love!!

bless this chef tytytytyty


06/19/2023 10:21 AM

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