This cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe with warm spices, honey and walnuts on top is a perfect healthy breakfast to make during the colder season.
School mornings can be very busy and I always try to prepare a nutritious breakfast for our family. Morning time goes so fast, so quick breakfast ideas are always in trend. But during the winter months, it can be a challenging task as we all prefer a warm porridge over a cold smoothie or a muffin.
This cinnamon spice oatmeal became one of our favorite breakfasts during the cold season. It is warming, and comforting, and takes only 10-15 minutes to make.
- Why you will love this cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe
- Step-by-step cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe instructions
- What can you add to make your oatmeal tastier?
- Can I make it overnight oats
- Storing and reheating
- Tips for success
- Frequently asked questions
- Other healthy breakfast ideas
- 📖 Recipe
Why you will love this cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe
- less sugar than instant oatmeal packets.
- no artificial flavor or additives.
- rich in fiber and heart-healthy.
- it is good to enjoy any time of the day (breakfast, after school or before bed snack).
- these creamy oats are made with non-dairy milk.
- it is gluten-free, just make sure the oats you use have GF labeling.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats - I used old-fashioned rolled oats because they are still considered whole grains, but they do not take a long time to cook compared to steel-cut oats. You can use any type of oats, just make sure to adjust the cooking time and the amount of liquid added.
- Water - I love to cook my oats with only water or water mixed milk. I used filtered water, but tap water can be used as well.
- Coconut Milk - you can just use only water or both. Coconut milk adds creaminess and flavor. You can also use almond milk instead.
- Cinnamon - good quality ground cinnamon.
- Nutmeg - I added a pinch of nutmeg to this homemade oatmeal to bring up some comforting warm flavor.
- Salt - just a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.
- Honey - I used honey as the sweetener for this recipe. Pure maple syrup is another great way to sweeten oatmeal. You can also add little brown sugar to the pot with boiling oats.
- Walnuts - I used raw walnuts. Any kind of raw or roasted nuts will work great. Avoid salty nuts.
Step-by-step cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe instructions
- Step 1 - In a medium saucepan, combine oats, spices, salt, water, and coconut milk (if using any). Turn the stove on high heat to bring it to a boil. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the oats are cooked.
Note: Whole grain oats and old-fashioned oats will take longer to cook than instant oats. Always check the oats package for cooking directions.
- Step 2 - Transfer oats to the bowl. Add honey, walnuts, and sliced bananas, and sprinkle with some extra cinnamon (optional). Enjoy right away!
Note: Do not add honey to the cooking oats as it loses its properties at high temperatures. Add honey on top of already cooked oats.
What can you add to make your oatmeal tastier?
This cinnamon oatmeal recipe can become even more fun by adding some extra ingredients:
Fresh fruit: chopped apples, pears and dates are the best to match the cinnamon natural flavor.
Healthy Fats: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, or your favorite nuts.
Protein: protein powder or egg whites.
Can I make it overnight oats
Yes, you can use this cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe to make delicious overnight oats. Such an easy breakfast meal prep idea. You can enjoy it cold or heat it for 30-60 seconds in the microwave.
To make overnight cinnamon spice oats you will need (1 serving):
- ½ cup of quick oats
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ cup of coconut milk (or any other milk)
- ¼ cup of plain coconut yogurt (or Greek Yogurt)
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
- Toppings: nuts, seeds, fresh apples, or pears.
- In a mason jar with the lid ( or airtight container), add all ingredients and stir them to just combine.
- Close the lid and let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours or better overnight. Enjoy cold or heated in the microwave.
Storing and reheating
Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the oatmeal in a microwave oven for 30-60 seconds by adding a few tablespoons of milk or water to the container.
Tips for success
- Oats are naturally gluten-free, but contamination happens. If you are sensitive to gluten, make sure the is GF labeling on the package.
- Use a measuring cup for the right proportions of oats and liquid.
- Add more or less liquid depending on the package instructions.
- Cook on low and stir occasionally.
- Use old-fashioned oats for cooking and quick oats to make the overnight version.
- If using honey, add it to already cooked oats (not when boiling).
- For accurate nutrition facts, weigh all the ingredients and use special apps or programs to calculate macro-nutrients and calories.
Frequently asked questions
You can add as much cinnamon as you like. For me, the perfect amount is ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon for /2 cups of dry oats. If it is not enough, sprinkle more on top for serving.
I always buy organic. Organic oats are only a little bit pricier, especially if you buy them in bulk. Conventional oats may contain glyphosate and other pesticides.
This homemade cinnamon spice oats recipe with honey (no sugar) is very healthy. You can add fruits, nuts, and even protein for a more nutritious breakfast. I always chose to cook my own oatmeal and avoid the instant packets of oats that are full of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients.
Other healthy breakfast ideas
Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 small saucepan
- 1 Measuring Cup
- 1 set of measuring spoons
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats or other type of oats
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup plain coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg or more by taste
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 Tablespoon honey (for serving)
- 1 Tablespoon walnut pieces
- In a small saucepan, add oats, water, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Bring to boil.
- Cook on low stirring occasionally for about 5-6 minutes or until oats are cooked.
- Transfer oats to the bowl. Add honey, walnuts and sprinkle with some extra cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
- you can use only water.
- add honey to already cooked oats.
- add fresh chopped apples, prunes, chia seeds and other favorite toppings.
- you can use old-fashioned, quick or steel-cut oats.
- follow the oats package directions to adjust oats cooking time and the amount of liquid needed.
- the nutrition facts are for information purposes only.