Vegan apple pie oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast. All the flavors of classic apple pie paired with creamy steel-cut oats to keep you full til lunch! Crisp seasonal apples are sauteed with brown sugar and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, resulting in a cozy bowl of oatmeal that you’ll want to enjoy during the cold months.
What makes this oatmeal special?
- STEEL CUT OATS The most wholesome form of oat, steel cut oats retain more of the fiber and minerals compared to the more processed versions of oats, such as rolled oats or instant oats. Plus, the texture is so much better! If you’ve never tried steel cut oats before, now is the perfect time to try them!
- APPLE PIE SPICE The superior fall spice blend, apple pie spice is similar to pumpkin pie spice and adds the ultimate cozy factor to apple pie… and this oatmeal!
- SEASONAL APPLES I love using seasonal produce in all of my recipes, and this is no exception! Choose your favorite apple variety for this oatmeal!
How to make Vegan Apple Pie Oatmeal
This recipe calls for steel cut oats, which do take longer to cook than rolled oats or instant oats, but the resulting creamy, tender, and fiber-rich oats are definitely worth the time! Make these on Sunday so you’ll have a breakfast option to reheat during the week!
To cook steel cut oats, you’ll need a 4 to 1 ratio of liquid to oats. Simply bring the oats and water to a boil like you would with rice, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. When they’re done, the oats will have absorbed most of the liquid and will be creamy and thick. Cook longer if you want a thicker oatmeal, or add more liquid if that’s how you prefer your oats!
For the apples, you’ll heat vegan butter on the stove before adding brown sugar and apple pie spice. Then you’ll toss in freshly sliced apples and cook until the apples are soft and slightly caramelized.
Top your creamy steel cut oats with a generous scoop of spiced apples along with some creamy tahini or nut butter, crunchy granola, and a touch more apple pie spice and you’ll be ready to curl up with the coziest bowl of oatmeal ever!
Vegan Apple Pie Oatmeal
Vegan apple pie oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast. All the flavors of classic apple pie paired with creamy steel-cut oats to keep you full til lunch!
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 60 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
For the oats:
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups cashew milk or other unsweetened plant milk
- a pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil, optional
For the apples:
- 2 large apples
- 1 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp apple pie spice blend (see notes)
- your favorite granola
- extra spices, optional
- tahini or almond butter, optional
- In a large pot, toast the dry oats over high for a minute.
- Add the cashew milk and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
- Cook for 45-60 minutes or until the oats have thickened, stirring occasionally. If you want a thinner porridge, add a splash of hot water. If you want them thicker, cook for the full 60 minutes. Stir in the vegan butter at the end of cooking, if using.
- While the oats cook, chop or slice your apples.
- Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter in a frying pan over medium heat and add the brown sugar and apple pie spice. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add the apples and a splash of water, then toss or stir to coat the apples in the spiced sugar mixture.
- Cook for about 5 minutes, until the apples are soft and the cooking liquid has thickened. Stir often to prevent it from burning.
- Divide the cooked oatmeal into four servings and top with the spiced apples. Add other toppings like tahini, granola, and more apple pie spice if desired.
- Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.
I have a great DIY Apple Pie Spice Blend recipe here. You can also use a storebought apple pie spice blend, or you can include 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and allspice.
Thank you for stopping by! If you make this or any of my recipes, please tag me on Instagram @plantandsoulkitchen so we can connect! xo Jillian