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Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal {Recipe}

Good morning!

I promised the apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe yesterday but then I got distracted.


By babies! Two of my best friends just had babies within a week of each other. They are 3 and 4 weeks old. I met one friend for lunch and another for a walk and visit.


This baby is like, “you are not my mother.” It was a really sweet afternoon of tiny babies! And I got to experience what it’s like to change a diaper 3 times in 5 minutes! Fun times! 🙂

Oatmeal Ingredients

Let’s talk oatmeal. Here’s the lineup of what you’ll need for the Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Sauteed Apples

The key to making this oatmeal super delicious is sautéing the apples and dried cranberries in coconut oil and cinnamon. It gives you soft, cinnamony apples and plump cranberries for your oatmeal. No coconut oil? No problem. I have also used a little pat of butter as well.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

After sautéing the apples you add everything else to the saucepan and let it cook on a low heat. Another key to oatmeal success is not rushing the cooking process. A lot of times I’ll but the burner on low and get ready/do things around the house while it cooks. You want to give it 10-15 minutes to do it’s thing. This gives you really soft oats.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 2

The oatmeal is really good straight up but of course I’m going to encourage you to put a spoonful of peanut butter on top. I like to spread some apple or pumpkin butter over the oats and then the peanut butter. Give the peanut butter a minute or two to melt over the oats and then don’t stir it in! Eat a little bit of the peanut butter along with the oats as you go.

Here’s the recipe.

Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


Half of an apple, diced
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
Coconut oil or coconut oil spray (or butter)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk of choice (you can go all water if you need to but the milk adds so much to the creaminess of the oats)
Dash salt (I know this sounds crazy but a pinch of salt does wonders for a pot of oatmeal)

Optional toppings like peanut butter, pumpkin butter, apple butter, pumpkin seeds, etc. as desired. (Give it some staying power!)


Heat small saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut oil (either spray the bottom well or add about a teaspoon from the jar), apples, cranberries and cinnamon to pan. Saute, stirring frequently, until apples are soft and lightly golden brown. This will take 5-7 minutes.

Add oats, chia seeds, water, milk and salt to pan and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until oats have absorbed liquid and are soft. Add toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Yield: one serving

{ 30 comments… add one }
  • Teri {a foodie stays fit} October 9, 2014, 8:48 am

    That picture of you holding the little babe is so cute!!!

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:07 pm

      ha! thanks. i have lots of them to hold these days!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 9, 2014, 9:04 am

    Is it possible that I have yet to cook my apples using the Coconut Oil spray? I don’t think I have yet I must do it today! I live on apples and oatmeal and spray everything else with that same spray that I can’t fathom how I have yet to do this lol.

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:08 pm

      i know you will love it!

  • Erica October 9, 2014, 9:11 am

    Your oats always look delicious! This might be a silly question, but I have no clue what you are talking about when you say pumpkin or apple butter. Where do you buy it? It sounds like something I would love to try! Thank you!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 9, 2014, 9:49 am

    You had me at cute babies! But wow the oatmeal looks so tasty too. Nice tip to warm up the burner before you start cooking.

  • Sam @ Pancakewarriors October 9, 2014, 10:10 am

    What an awesome day! Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Oats sound just about perfect right now. Oh What a fun idea keeping the peanut butter on top instead of mixing it! Thanks for sharing these cute pics with us!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 9, 2014, 10:28 am

    Seriously delicious! And your oatmeal bowls always look to damn perfectly beautiful! I want to jump through the screen and EAT!

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:10 pm

      haha! thanks. i do it without even thinking. i was making a plate of food at whole foods last night and a friend commented on how pretty it was. i wasn’t even trying, it’s just automatic these days! 🙂

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 9, 2014, 10:41 am

    Oh this looks amazing! i LOVE the melted nut butter on there!

  • Nicki October 9, 2014, 10:45 am

    ADORABLE pic of you plus baby! (God, I love babies so, so much!) As for oatmeal…I could pass, haha. Never been a fan!

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:11 pm

      yes! i love the babies too…that aren’t mine! 🙂

  • She Rocks Fitness October 9, 2014, 11:55 am

    The perfect bowl of fall flavors! I finally converted to steel cut oats and I am such a happy camper. It is worth the extra time and tastes so good. All about that texture! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:11 pm

      gosh, i haven’t made steel cut oats in so long. i need to try them out again this winter!

  • Kayla Tyburski October 9, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Yum! This would be great with the hemp hearts I just got to try!

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:12 pm

      do you like hemp hearts?

  • Dana October 9, 2014, 12:47 pm

    The whole” peanut butter on the oatmeal” has changed my world 🙂 And I have never looked back! …Breakfast is the best~

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:12 pm

      yeah girl, it’s GOOD stuff!

  • Alex October 9, 2014, 1:39 pm

    This looks so good I like the combo of apples and cranberries. Of course everything tastes better with PB on top, but I have never tried pumpkin butter before. Is this pretty easy to find in any grocery store?

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:12 pm

      i usually get it at trader joes but i have seen it at a regular grocery store seasonally. i liked the TJs brand better though! 🙂

  • Kristina @Run Long, Live Well October 9, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I love that it is the season for oatmeal (especially in Ohio!), and this recipe looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  • Grace October 9, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Oh, this looks awesome! I’ve been on an apple spice kick with my oatmeal recently but haven’t tried sauteeing them with craisins… I cannot wait to try 🙂

    • Jen October 10, 2014, 9:13 pm

      it makes the craisins so much plumper and delicious! 🙂

  • Ashley November 9, 2014, 1:08 am

    Recent discoverer of your blog and love my it! You could make the oats in the crock pot too, just so you know. (You probably know) but I have thrown in the oats in the crock pot the night before and then in the morning you are all set to go!

  • Ashley November 9, 2014, 1:10 am

    Recent discoverer of your blog and I love it! You could make the oats in the crock pot too, just so you know. (You probably know), ❤️

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