Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal

Published September 26, 2013. Updated March 11, 2020

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A warm bowl of this Spiced Apple Cranberry Oatmeal is the perfect way to start a cool autumn morning! This is what I’ve been eating nearly every morning for the last month. It’s simple to prepare, its unbelievably filling, it tastes delicious and it’s a fairly low calorie breakfast.

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I don’t even want to put this word on a food blog, but whenever we are on vacation and need a quick breakfast my husband loves to stop at McDonalds. I hate McDonalds, he loves it. It always leaves a weird after taste in my opinion and well, it tastes like fast food (or in other words partially real food).

Anyways, I never wanted to order anything when we’d stop until I noticed they added oatmeal to their menu, I was so excited to see they finally had a healthier option. Sadly, I found out, according to an article on Readers Digest, it’s really not that nutritious.

Oats made from seven ingredients does seem strange to me. I will admit, I thought it tasted pretty good but it does seem like a small portion and anybody can make oatmeal at home, so why take the time to stop at get it at the drive through. I’ve made a sort of copycat at home (that really anyone could figure out), but made it with real ingredients.

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I also added in a little more spice (hence the fall spiced, not just cinnamon). You could also add chopped walnuts or pecans, but I usually don’t add them just to reduce the calories (if you wanted a healthier option you could swap out the raisins/dried cranberries for some).

Also, the cream is optional but it’s amazing what just 1 1/2 tsp of cream can add. Plus I’ve heard that a little bit of fat will assist your body in absorbing the vitamins and nutrients of healthy foods so in my  mind it’s a must :). I’m sure my mom will look at it though and go what!? 1 1/2 tsp of cream I want 1/4 cup.

We both love cream, it’s basically the best ingredient ever. If only it were 0 calories though. According to my packaging labels, this oatmeal was 280 calories per serving and it’s one of the best easy breakfasts ever!

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5 from 3 votes

Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal

A warm bowl of this Spiced Apple Cranberry Oatmeal is the perfect way to start a cool autumn morning! It's simple to prepare, its unbelievably filling, it tastes delicious and it's a fairly low calorie breakfast.
Servings: 1
Prep5 minutes
Cook3 minutes
Ready in: 8 minutes


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats , quick or old fashioned
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used original)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp (heaping) cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a medium apple , diced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped raisin cranberry blend
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream


  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine oats, almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
  • Cook in microwave on HIGH power 2 - 3 minutes stirring once halfway through cooking (2 minutes for quick oats, 3 minutes for old fashioned oats).
  • Stir in brown sugar, apples, and raisin blend.
  • Allow to cool then drizzle top with cream (I add a little more almond milk too), serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 368mg11%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Pam R.

    Eating it now! This is my kind of oatmeal! Threw in a couple Tbs. of pecans & golden raisins for good measure!! Sooo perfectly flavored, textured, & satisfying! Thank you for a morning bowl of oatmeal bliss!

  • Melissa

    This recipe looks amazing! I love the McDonald’s version so I know I wil love this more. One question, I recently started weight watchers and I wa wondering if you had an nutrional information so I can calculate the point value? Would you be able to figure that out?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I recommend using a site like myfitnesspal.com to calculate it, sorry I don’t have that info.

  • Erin | The Emerging Foodie

    Mmmm, oats are my favorite because they’re so comforting and these look unbelievably soul-warming and delicious. Gorgeous photos, too!

  • Sandra

    How would you cook this on stove-top? I love the look of it but am trying to avoid the micorwave…

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Just according the package directions on the oatmeal adding in the spices and almond milk (then everything else afterward as listed). I hope you love it Sandra!

  • Jane Wallace

    I am definitely going to try this healthy breakfast recipe. I love your site — I love all your recipes.

    I tried your lemon creams square (they’re incredible). Next I’m trying the pumpkin squares.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so happy to hear you love my recipes Jane :)! Thanks so much for leaving a comment!

  • Susan

    Jaclyn, thank you so much for reading my mind and posting the recipe for the smoothie as well as the oatmeal. I’ve really been enjoying smoothies for breakfast, and this one sounds great. So does the oatmeal. I love that one can fix the same thing for breakfast every day (oatmeal) and have it taste completely different every time. I am one who would probably substitute some nuts for the cranberries & raisins, just because I watch my carb levels. The flavor the cranberries & raisins would give it would be really nice, though. Decisions, decisions…

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I love oatmeal too and I love that I can make it in so many ways like you said. Yes, so many decisions :)!

  • Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner

    This looks delicious! Before I even started to read I immediatly thought that this looks exactly like the McD version, which I love. Love your version because I can control the fat and calories. :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I love that about making stuff at home too :). Thanks for leaving a comment Tina! I hope you love this!