This creamy bowl of oatmeal will remind you of sweet apple pie! Made with whole grain oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples, this is a breakfast that tastes like dessert!

oatmeal in a bowl

I’ve been enjoying oatmeal for breakfast lately because it’s one of the few things that can keep me full until lunchtime! A bowl of oatmeal really sticks with me and gives me energy all morning long!

Is Oatmeal a Healthy Breakfast?

Yes! Oats are a whole grain which means they’re naturally high in protein and fiber. This is is why a bowl of oatmeal is so satisfying and makes you feel full for a long time. If you want to keep your sugar content down, you can skip the maple syrup or use stevia or another natural sweetener.

How to Make Oatmeal in the Microwave

I like to make my apple pie oatmeal in the microwave because it’s quick and I don’t have to dirty any extra dishes! Here are my tips for making oatmeal in the microwave:

  • Use a large bowl, as oatmeal will expand rapidly while cooking. I use a bowl that holds about 6 cups when I’m cooking 1/2 cup of oats.
  • Add 1 cup of water or milk for every 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • Microwave for 2 1/2-3 minutes on 80% power. You may need to adjust slightly based on your microwave. By not cooking at full power, you can avoid the oatmeal boiling over.
  • After 2 1/2 minutes, carefully remove the oats from the microwave (the bowl will be very hot!) and stir vigorously. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes to thicken.
apples in a bowl

How to Cook Apples in the Microwave

  • Place the chopped apples in a small, microwave-safe dish.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute, depending on how soft you like your apples
oatmeal in a bowl with toppings

Substitution Ideas

  • If you want to keep this apple pie oatmeal gluten-free, ensure you’re using gluten-free oats. Bob’s Red Mill is a great option.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, try it with honey or agave.
  • This recipe is delicious with any type of apples but I particularly like Fuji or Honeycrisp!
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apple pie oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bowl 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegan


This creamy bowl of oatmeal will remind you of sweet apple pie! Made with whole grain oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples, this is a breakfast that tastes like dessert!


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (divided)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granola


  1. Combine the oats and almond milk and microwave for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes at 80% power.
  2. Carefully remove from the microwave, add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and a pinch of salt and stir.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the apples, remaining teaspoon of maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Microwave the apples for 30 seconds or until softened slightly.
  6. Top the oatmeal with the apples and granola.
  7. Add additional maple syrup and cinnamon if desired, and add salt to taste.

Keywords: apple pie oatmeal

This cozy bowl of oatmeal is perfect for chilly mornings. I love the sweetness of the apples with the crunch of granola. It makes this breakfast feel so satisfying!

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What’s your favorite oatmeal topping?