Pumpkin spice has become so hyped up over the last few years that we’ve almost forgotten the original fall favorite: apple cider. Apple cider started the warm, spiced drinks trend and is much more versatile than pumpkin spice.

On a whim, I exchanged my water for apple cider when making my morning oatmeal, and it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. So set aside that PSL for a moment and make this delicious apple cider oatmeal instead; it’ll leave you wondering why you ever became a pumpkin spice convert.

Apple Cider Oatmeal

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5-7 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
Photo by Claire Waggoner
  • Step 1

    Skin and finely chop the apple into small chunks.

  • Step 2

    Add the chopped apple, oats, milk, and apple cider into the pot. Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, until the liquid is completely absorbed.

  • Step 3

    Remove your delicious oatmeal from the stove and top with leftover apple chunks and cinnamon as garnish.

    Photo by Claire Waggoner