My Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast. It’s loaded with yummy golden raisins, cinnamon and vanilla, and sweetened from the Honeycrisp apple that’s baked right in. This breakfast is perfect for one on a crisp morning, or can be easily multiplied for a crowd for the holidays.
In my mind, I’m one of those people that wakes up, makes a leisurely breakfast, goes back to bed to eat it while sipping coffee and flipping through a magazine. I’m wearing tall knit socks, a perfectly paired pajama set or nightgown, my dogs are lying one next to me on the bed and one on the floor at the foot of the bed…My hair is perfectly tousled and Instagram ready…
But instead, I’m one of those people who goes to the doctor and has a total meltdown, sobbing because it’s too hot in the room she’s being examined in. And then proceeds to cry and tell her doctor all about her terrible Thanksgiving “plans” and how crazy she feels. And then when she hears that there are no signs of her giving birth anytime soon (despite other bloggers that are due the SAME week as her or later, are sitting in their Instagram pics holding brand new babies), carries the crying through her entire car ride back to work.
I’m shocked I haven’t been written a prescription for sedatives yet.
Plus, news flash! I’m not even due yet! But for some reason I now feel behind. Sheesh people. Can I have a full glass of wine yet?!
So, anybody want to update their bets on which day I’ll deliver? I’m so curious to hear.
Anyways! I made a beautiful baked oatmeal for breakfast. I feel like it’s one of those recipes that can be thrown together SO easily and you can double or triple it (or more) based on how many people you need to feed. And although I didn’t make it for this crazy weekday morning, I do feel like when I made it on the weekend I could pretend to have that fantasy life for a bit.
My Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal is so warm, comforting, and filling. I could barely eat the “for one” portion, so I know you could share it while leisurely sipping coffee in the morning.
I love that it’s baked, which takes the stress out of cooking. Steel cut oats are somewhat intimidating to me, but I love their flavor and texture. Baking them makes it totally hands-off and so easy. You could even bake it the night before and reheat it in the morning for a quicker breakfast.
I used only the most delicious yet tiny Honeycrisp apple for the sweetness and flavor in this recipe. You could drizzle the finished oatmeal with honey, but it really doesn’t need it. It doesn’t need the globs of dark chocolate I added either, but everyone needs a little fun for breakfast.
Bake this breakfast for yourself, treating yourself right, or for your family on a weekend or holiday morning. You deserve it.
- ¼ cup steel cut oats*
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick (or ½ tsp cinnamon)
- ½ tsp. vanilla paste or extract
- 1 Tbs. golden raisins
- 1 small sweet apple (like Honeycrisp)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the oats, water, vanilla and raisins in a small skillet or baking dish and whisk together. Drop in the cinnamon stick. Slice and fan your apple in the skillet.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed and the apples look soft.
- Let cool slightly and serve! I like to serve mine up with a sprinkling of more raisins, some almonds, and maybe a bit of dark chocolate. Enjoy!
- *I used the “quick cook” steel cut oats. If you use regular steel cut oats, make sure you soak them overnight in water.