Warm Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal
Warm Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal has the hearty flavors of fall we love so much! You guys are in for a treat with this bowl of creamy protein-packed oats, topped with caramelized bites of tender apples and crunchy pecans to make for the most perfect nutritious cozy breakfast.
Warm Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal
Meet my favorite fall breakfast!
I love, love, love this bowl and I’m super excited to share its deliciousness with all of you. It’s thick, creamy, warm and full of apple-cinnamon flavor. I usually top mine with a drizzle of almond butter and chopped pecans, which I highly recommend. But in a pinch feel free to use whatever you have on hand – peanut butter, yogurt, walnuts or almonds. Just one serving is so satisfying and always keeps me full ’til lunch with plenty of fiber and protein.
I enjoy my oatmeal on weekday mornings since it’s become part of my daily routine. But it would also be a lovely breakfast to make for guests or lazy weekend mornings – the best kind of mornings in the history of weekends.
HOW TO MAKE PROTEIN OATMEAL:
- Using a half scoop of protein is the perfect amount to add to oatmeal, to make it super delicious, but not give it a funny texture. A half scoop of your average protein powder has about 12g of protein. PLUS, they come in all kinds of fun flavors!
- Definitely stir the powder in right at the end, after cooking. This makes it really creamy and doesn’t make your protein powder chunky. Add extra liquid (almond milk or water) for desired consistency.
I hope you all love this bowl of apple cinnamon protein oatmeal as much as I do! It’s:
Quick to make
& Insanely delicious
Consider this the perfect morning meal to welcome fall and make good use of all those apples. Because it comes together so quickly, it would be totally suitable for weekdays, but it is special enough to be reserved for weekends or hosting as well.
What fall recipes do you guys want to see next? I’m going to be working on a few pumpkin recipes very soon, but here are more apple recipes if you’re on an apple kick like me.
Creamy apple cinnamon oats served under a bed of warm cinnamon apples. The perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast.
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 small apple, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (or use a dash of each: cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice)
- 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Stevia or other preferred sweetener as needed for desired sweetness (I used 1 Stevia packet)
- splash of almond milk or other milk for desired consistency after cooking
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
In a small saucepan, combine oats and water. Simmer until liquid has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan, spray coconut oil cooking spray or other nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the diced apple chunks and spray apple with cooking spray. Stir in a dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
Once oats are cooked, stir in apple pie spice (just plain cinnamon will work if that's what you've got). Stir in protein powder last, if using. I like to add about 1/4 cup almond milk while stirring in protein powder.
Top oatmeal with apples, almond butter and chopped pecans. Enjoy!
QUICK MICROWAVE VERSION: Combine oats, water, apple and apple pie spice in a bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir in protein last, if using, and add almond milk as needed for desired consistency. Top with almond butter and pecans.
OVERNIGHT OATS: Replace the water with milk. Stir everything together without cooking and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy cold in the morning. I also really enjoy this recipe cooked and then stored in the fridge and eaten cold in the morning. This is also great for meal prepping several servings to enjoy through the week.
MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten-free oats.
MAKE IT DAIRY FREE/VEGAN: If topping with yogurt, use a dairy free yogurt option or simply do not use yogurt.
MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Don’t top with nuts or nut butter! You might enjoy toasted pumpkin seeds on top and a drizzle of sunbutter.