Bowl of Date-Sweetened Apple Pie Oatmeal topped with walnuts
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Date-Sweetened Apple Pie Oatmeal

Creamy gluten-free oats sweetened with dates and served over a bed of baked cinnamon apples. The perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 2 (bowls)
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan


  • 2 tart or sweet apples (peeled, cored and evenly sliced)
  • 1 tsp honey/maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (GF for gluten-free eaters)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 whole dates (finely chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon and honey. Bake for 5 minutes then roll over parchment paper and tuck it in so they're in a "pocket" to trap in moisture. Cook for 10-15 minutes more (20 minutes total) until soft. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over high heat, add oats, pinch salt, water and almond milk and stir. When it comes to a boil, reduce to low-medium heat and cook until thick and creamy. Add the chopped dates a few minutes after you reduce the heat so they can soften and sweeten the oats.
  4. Once thick, remove from stove top. Add a little almond milk if it's too thick for your liking.
  5. Arrange 1/3 cup baked apples in bottom of a serving bowl and top with oats. Other toppings may include, nuts, nut butter, flaxseed, honey, maple syrup, or cinnamon. I prefer mine with a few toasted pecans and flaxseed.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without toppings such as nuts or flaxseed.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2 bowls)