Blueberry Apple Oatmeal

I’ve done so many oatmeal recipes with apples, but I’m just now exploring the concept of using apples as a base like I do with banana. This is thanks to grating. With a grated apple, you get the taste and volume of apple without the chunks. When you dice an apple, those chunks steal the focus of the oatmeal. When you’re making Apple Pie Oatmeal or Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, that’s a good thing. But sometimes, you want apple in the background. Voila, grating.*

*Or use applesauce, if you insist.

Blueberry Apple Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist

In addition to the grated apple, I spiced the base with my usual cinnamon + vanilla combo. Why? Because it’s classic. It works in the majority of my oatmeal recipes. It’s not me being lazy. It’s me acknowledging what works. And this works. Every time.

Blueberry Apple Oatmeal I didn’t include this in the recipe, but I topped this oatmeal with Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter and slivered almonds. I bought a few small packets to eat with my bananas while I was traveling in Vancouver, and I intentionally bought more than I thought I would need so I could bring them back and use them with oatmeal. 🙂 Mission accomplished.

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And yeah, it was delicious. But that’s obvious, right? I mean, it’s vanilla- and espresso-infused almond butter. How could it be anything but delicious?!

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Blueberry Apple Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/2 an apple (or the whole thing)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (or more) fresh blueberries

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Cut apple into wedges and grate into the oatmeal. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, carefully fold in a small handful of blueberries.
  5. Then, transfer to a bowl. Top with more blueberries and another splash of milk. Other possible toppings are nuts, nut butters, other berries, apple slices, raisins or other dried fruits, or coconut flakes.

Just an FYI:

You can sub about 1/3 cup applesauce for the grated apple.

Blueberry Apple Oatmeal by the #oatmealartist

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

16 Responses to Blueberry Apple Oatmeal

  1. Kelsey says:

    This looks beautiful! When you use a grated apple does the apple flavor still come through as strongly, or is it more of a background flavor? I’m intrigued about using grated apple, but I also really love apples so I hate to “waste” one in a recipe where you won’t really taste it.

  2. Lyndsey B says:

    Oh yum! I love mini PB packets, they are perfect for on tje go, and portion control 🙂 I love the idea of an apple base, it gives the oatmeal are creamy taste, and makes the entire bowl have a more fall feeling. Also, my favorite fruit is blueberries, so I will definitely be making this recipe soon!

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  4. I think the apple/blueberry combo is so interesting together and totally overlooked! I’ve never tried it but I’m glad you made this! 🙂 The almond butter looks like heaven on top of this bowl, I’ll definitely need to splurge on a jar soon.

  5. I love adding grated apple to my oatmeal (although I always add the whole fruit!). And I think I’m literally going to start dreaming about vanilla and espresso almond butter.

    Also, I’ve loved reading your articles on ThoughtCatalog. I hope you write more of them, because they really do make me think 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Yummy!! I love the freedom with the amounts in this recipe!!! I can’t wait to try it with the thick cut oats I have!!

  7. Stefania says:

    I have been following along with your recipes and I must say that having the apple base will be one of my favorites along with pumpkin. You see, not a huge fan of banana unless in banana bread/muffin. So thanks for trying something different and sharing. Totally love the 1 servings. Keeps all that guess work out.

    Keep pumping out the variations, loving it

  8. Sandra says:

    I know that I’m behind in the game, but that doesn’t mean that I should not bother commenting. Especially because of how weak my last comment was. I just have to say that I made apple oatmeal in the microwave for the first time [I think in forever]. In all honesty, it was quite dodgey because I worried about the bowls being too small, overdoing the cinnamon, and that there was too much apple; the honeycrisp I used was more than twice the size of my fist. Luckily the recipe turned out perfect because I used a 3:2 ratio for water to oats instead of my usual 2:1. I hate to brag, but my mom said it was the best oatmeal she had so far. Since I have a lot of apples to get through from Rosh Hashanah, I hope to try this amazing apple oatmeal combo along with the many apple oatmeal recipes I pinned from your site.

  9. Cassie says:

    Not gonna lie, I was pretty skeptical about combining apples and blueberries. It just seems like combining two different seasons! However, this looks beautiful and I’m willing to give it a try. I also agree about using the same base for everything–I always add in vanilla bean powder, cinnamon and a dash of salt with my oatmeal. It never fails!

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