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Heart Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Simple, homemade, comfort food. A cozy, hearty, breakfast.

Make a batch to share with your family, or store some for leftovers!

A nutritious, delicious, breakfast treat!

This oatmeal recipe is versatile. You can add a ton of whole food ingredients to make your own family favourite, or try my recommended combination seen here!

If you do decide to go rogue - I recommend using any fruit (fresh, frozen, or dried), nuts and seeds. You can control the amount of added sugar to your taste, as well as substitute sugar for things like applesauce or banana puree!

My recipe is two fold: The oatmeal, and the toppings!

The basic recipe - Oats, milk, apples, and cinnamon.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Servings: 4

Prep-time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (for oatmeal)

Rolled Oats (gluten-free if celiac)

1 cup

Milk (or soy milk, or water, or combination)

2 cup

Apple, diced

1 medium sized


1-2 Tbsp (I prefer 2)

Brown sugar (or sweetener)

as desired

Pinch of salt


Ingredients (for toppings)

Note: Add your favourite toppings, this is just a suggestion as seen in the photo). Add as much, or as little of each as you want!

Dried cranberries

Frozen blueberries

Sunflower seeds




  1. Bring milk (and/or water) to a boil, and reduce heat to low.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (about 5 minutes)

  3. Add to a bowl, and dress with your favourite toppings.

  4. Enjoy!

Note: If using steel cut oats, which are a bit less processed aka more nutritious, then you will need to cook the oats for at least 20 minutes.

Nutrition Notes

  • Heart healthy, gluten free.

  • Oatmeal is packed with nutrition from fibre, B-vitamins, and minerals. Steel cut oats provide the most nutrition (compared to whole, or instant), because it is less processed. Processing causes loss of some of the nutrients mentioned above.

  • One type of fibre in oats, called beta-glucan, is proven to reduce cholesterol levels. A bonus for general health, as well as heart health!

  • Adding nuts, seeds, and fruit will boost the nutrition by adding healthy fats, additional fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

Thanks for reading!

About me: I'm Daniel Neuman, a Registered Dietitian and owner of Edmonton-based nutrition consulting company, Simplify Nutrition. I'm also a passionate foodie learning and teaching about global foods, evidence based nutrition, and practical cooking skills. If you like the content, stay connected. If you want to work with me, get in touch! I offer private cooking classes and nutrition consulting in-person and online!


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