I don’t often make oatmeal for breakfast because I prefer a higher fat breakfast (eggs and avocado with some fermented veggies like kimchi are my go-to). I do like Irish steel cut oatmeal at times, especially in the winter, because it’s warming, filling, and oh so cozy. Well today was one of those cozy days where I just wanted a warm bowl of oatmeal. So I came up with this simple recipe for Irish steel cut oatmeal with apples. It’s not about reinventing the wheel, but I’m happy when I can make something that is healthy and simple. Recipes involving too many ingredients turn me off (at least when it comes to regular weekday meals).

Irish Oatmeal with Apples

There are so many different ways to dress up a plain bowl of oatmeal, sometimes I don’t know where to start. I decided to keep it really simple with this one. Basically, there’s only THREE main ingredients, and they’re generally things I keep on hand anyway.

Since Irish steel cut oats take a bit of time to cook, I want the rest of the process to be simple. No need for a major cooking project in the morning.


  • 1 cup of Irish Steel Cut Oats
  • 1-2 apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Slivered Almonds (optional)
  • Walnuts (optional)


  • Bring 1 cup of Irish steel cut oats and 3 cups of water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, peel and slice 1 apple, chop into small cubes and sauté on medium heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the apples from heat once they are soft and beginning to brown (about 7-10 minutes).
  • Once the oats are done, remove from heat and add sautéed apples.
  • Add cinnamon and any other toppings (I like some sliced apples, slivered almonds and walnuts, but the toppings are up to you).

Thats it!!!

I thought about adding some maple syrup but the sautéed apples really bring enough sweetness to the dish, and I don’t like my breakfasts to be too sweet anyway. I find that this is the perfect amount of sweetness without needing and added sweetener.

This recipe makes about 2-3 servings (or 1 if you’re really hungry).


Irish Oatmeal with Apples

May your morning be warm and cozy,

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