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Apple Pie Oatmeal in a Mug – Microwave Mug Breakfast

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Hi Bold Bakers!

In addition to this week’s Bigger Bolder Baking episode featuring my 1 Minute Microwave Mug Breakfasts, I’m sharing this BONUS video recipe first with the community. Once you learn how to make this easy and delicious Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe, you’ll never buy those instant oatmeal packets again. So let’s get microwaving!


4.25 from 12 votes
Oatmeal, Microwave Oatmeal, Apple Pie Oatmeal, Breakfasts, Gemma Stafford, Bigger Bolder Baking
Apple Pie Oatmeal in a Mug
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Servings: 1
  • 1/2 apple , cored and chopped (skins on)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or quick cooking oats)a
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
  1. Microwave for around 2 minutes or until the oats are fully cooked (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)
  2. Enjoy immediately!



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  1. SheNiteOwl on September 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Another Super Easy Tasty recipe. Not only does this taste great but it fills the kitchen with the most heavenly smell. A lovely way to start the day. Thank you for making oatmeal so easy to cook.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Delighted you liked it 🙂

  2. Anna on April 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Love this Mug Oatmeal recipe!! (keep ’em coming) Your recipes are well done, quick, use great ingredients, and you and your site are presented VERY well! Best to you.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Anna,
      thank you so much for your kind words. we work hard at getting the Website right for you guys. i appreciate your kind comments,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. ElianaGrace on August 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I was just wondering, could I use quick oats for this recipe or do they have to be rolled?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 28, 2016 at 2:14 am

      Hi there,
      Yes you can, though not when it is powdered for this one!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Colleena on August 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Could you use instant oats instead of rolled?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hi Colleena,
      If the oats are not ground too fine it should be ok,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Rebecca on April 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Is it possible to use oat bran? I have oat bran in my cupboard and I was hoping to use it with your delicious microwave oatmeal recipes!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Hi Rebecca,
      Oat bran is the husk of the oats, and as such is not a flour, but could be added to oats to boost them, also to flours to boost their nutritional quality. I know you know about adding this to soda breads, but you can also add it to other flours, not too much though!
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Minna on March 11, 2016 at 12:46 am

    The only ingredient you can alter or control in terms of measurement is the amojnt of salt, sugar and chilli.
    For anyone who wishes tto learn about these ltong Pinoy recipes,
    one just needs to explore using the internet via onnline Philippine recipes.
    So freeze in single layers and doo not overlap food if you can help it.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Minna, I suppose this is good advice, balance is so important in a recipe, if oyu change an ingredient, you change the result, thank you for your contribution,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Sharanya on January 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    SO do we just mix the water oats and cinnamion and garnish with apples?? (I LOVE UR VIDEOS)

    • Gemma Stafford on January 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      yes but you can also put apples into with the apples, water and oats. Happy baking 🙂

  8. Meg T on November 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I made this oatmeal this morning but it didn’t work as well as your others. It was too wet as there was so much water… I microwaved it for over two minutes and it was still really watery ? I don’t know what I did wrong as I followed the recipe exactly… All the other ones are amazing though ☺️

  9. Silvia on October 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Ever since you posted this recipe I have been making it nonstop. It is so good, so healthy and so full of autumn flavor that I even had it for breakfast and dessert today.
    Thank you so much for my new favourite sweet treat.
    Lots of love from Spain!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting my website, Silvia. Really glad you liked this recipe 🙂

  10. Pavithra on October 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Have been watching your videos lately. Your 1 min microwave recipes are awesome. I just made these. Needless to say it was quick and yummy. I used organic thick rolled oats, it took close to 2 mins stirring in between. Eager to try your other recipes. More fall recipes pls….

    • Gemma Stafford on October 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much. Really glad you liked this recipe. Stay tuned for more 🙂

  11. Sheena on September 13, 2015 at 5:49 am

    This looks delicious

  12. Nicki on September 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    This mug cake is delicious! I absolutely love all of your mug cake recipes! ? Also, is it easier to use a shallower mug? Because sometimes mine don’t cook all the way down to the bottom but they’re almost over cooked on top…

    • Gemma Stafford on September 4, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Nicki. Really glad you liked this recipe. I think a shallower mug will help it cook faster. Every microwave and mug is different. Let me know how it goes for you 🙂

  13. Ruma on August 27, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Hey Gemma, wonderful recipes and so easy. Just a quick question. Can we use quick oats for this.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      No,sorry you will need rolled oats for this recipe.

  14. Sofia on August 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Wow realy awesome recipe I love it is there any chance you could make sorbet sometime it’s just that I love the ice cream recipes you make but I can’t realy digest dairy verry well so is it ok if you make sorbet?

  15. Alexandra on August 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    You are great I just started watching you I love your show!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it 🙂

  16. Alexandra on August 9, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I love this recipe it is easy and quick!?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Delighted to hear that. Thanks for visiting my website, Alexandra. 🙂

  17. Rosetta on August 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Gemma your recipes are fabulous! My husband could never down oatmeals without throwing up but now he not only eats your mug version he actually thinks it’s delish! 🙂 I also prepared another version by replacing apple and cinnamon with pears and ginger powder…it still tastes amazing! Thanks for the quick recipes…its a blessing especially for a new mom like me!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Delighted to hear that! Thank you so much for visiting my website 🙂

  18. Emma on July 9, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Can I use strawberries insted of blueberries

    • Gemma Stafford on July 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      for sure. I often put strawberries in mine and they are sweeter so I add less honey. 🙂

  19. Gen on July 5, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Hi Gemma, i love your easy to make recipes especially ice creams, popsicles and milkshakes, i found your site very useful in my future venture into food business.I hope there will be more easy, quick, and no bake recipes to look forward to…

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Stay tuned for more! 🙂

  20. Dr Judi Riches on July 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I have just discover you dear Gemma and I am so delighted by your recipes. I put this one together the night before and it turns out wonderfully. Thank you so very much. I am just making your Irish scones. I really like your suggestion about being able to freeze them after cutting them out. Wonderful and thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Delighted to hear that! Thank you so much for watching 🙂

  21. Mery! on July 2, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Hi Gemma! I’ m digging in into my mug right now! At first the oatmeal was runny and the apples watery, but then I gave it a quick stir, added an extra splash of cinammon and low fat sweetener, and also let it rest for about a minute to let the steam come out and hell yeahhh It was delicious! Breakfasts on the go are my thing! Waiting for the bread series and in the mean time having a blast with your recipes! Send my hugs to Waffles! Ha!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much Mery. Delighted to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  22. Zainab on June 29, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Hi!gemma im a 10 year old and im subscriber and i lobe you and your recipies ive tried almost every single one of them

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Thanks so much, really glad you like my baking :). I can’t believe you had tried so many!!! that’s great

  23. Becky on June 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Is there a certain order you put the ingredients in, or can the be put in at any order? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      put them in any order you like Becky 🙂

  24. Eros Zeus on June 25, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I’m wondering about how bread,cake and cookies are different.I knew that all theses contain flour and how it changes in those forms?Which ingredient make them to be like that?I think you can help me and pls,i want to really want to know that.Thank you and I’ve been done all you said for award and I am your great fan.Keep trying and fighting..You can do better than you thinking.I am 15 and I am sure I will be like you someday..

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Hi, Thank you so much for your lovely message.

      So the difference between them all is 2 things, quantity and ingredients. Some have more then others, different amounts of liquid and different ingredients. Remember that baking recipes are just made up, they are engineered so that every ingredient works with the other to help have a success final product. Thank you for voting for me 🙂

  25. June Perry on June 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Hello, do you have a blueberry oatmeal recipe like this you can share? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      I’ll add it to my list June. Usually for my blueberry oatmeal I do the same as this recipe but ad vanilla instead of cinnamon and put toasted hazelnuts on top. And if you have a drop of cream in your house that doesn’t hurt 🙂

  26. Elise on June 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I always made mine by sautéing the apple in butter and cinnamon but this way is so much faster and easier. That is very important to me as I just became paralyzed last year and it has been a huge adjustment for me in the kitchen. So thank you for all of your easy and delicious recipes!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Elise,

      thank you so much for your message. I am sorry to hear that but am glad you find my recipes useful. I already have around 20 existing mug cakes and I will definitely have more to come. If you need an easy recipe for something that is usually complex just ask me and hopefully I can help 🙂

  27. betsy on June 21, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I love these oatmeal in a mug. It’s very convenient in the morning. Maybe we’ll get more breakfast videos. Hint hint!
    Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Stay tuned for more, Betsy! 🙂

  28. Olivia on June 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Can you post your double chocolate mug cookie and caramelized banana dairy free ice cream on your site.

  29. Suja on June 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    It’s a great recipe and whenever I make oatmeal, I use a bowl and cook it in the microwave too- but to make it more creamier, I use milk instead of water. It cooks and tastes just as well but you have to make sure it doesn’t froth over so microwave in intervals. 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Tonia on March 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of water. Makes it yummy!!! and, just use a mug or bowl that the oatmeal can “grow” in and there’s not worry of it making a mess. 😉

      • Gemma Stafford on March 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

        Hi Tonia, I love it when my followers make the recipes their own! it really encourages me, so very well done to you,
        Gemma 🙂

  30. Kammie on June 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hi I love your recipes they are fabulas I was wondering if cream of wheat would work instead of oatmeal and if you could do a recipe with cream of oats. By the way I definitly nomiated you for the streamy award

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      I haven’t tried that, so you’ll have to let me know how it goes. Thanks so much for voting, I really appreciate it 🙂

  31. Shirley on June 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love that these recipes are single servings for us single people.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      They’re perfect single-servings, that I like to have more than one of 😉

  32. Patty on June 20, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I would so love to try this amazing recipe! It looks so good. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Patty. I hope you get to try this 🙂

  33. Bianca on June 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hi ! I have a question, im from Argentina so i need to ask this, rolled oats is the kind of oats that need to be cook?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Yes 🙂

  34. hanan on June 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm


  35. Ann on June 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    yumm!! I love apple pies <3 I'm so full from dinner, but this just sounds so amazing I want to make some right now!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Mix it up now Ann and leave it in the fridge over night then you can pop it in the microwave the next morning 🙂

  36. Rachel on June 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Yum yum YUM! I will have that for breakfast tomorrow 🙂 Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Good luck with it Rachel 🙂

    • nabeeha on July 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

      me toO

  37. Naz on June 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Looks delicious! Would this work in the oven (180C 10 mins) like your other microwave breakfast recipies? Thanks a lot

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks so much, delighted you liked this recipe. It for sure would work in the oven. Make sure t put a lid on it so the steam cooked and puffs the oats.

  38. Ana on June 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Love oatmeal and apples… Thanks for sharing your recipes… love your channel

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Ana! I love those flavors, too. Have you seen my Caramel Apple Crisp ( I hope you enjoy!

      • Caroline MacCaughelty on June 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        MMMM!! All I have to say 🙂

      • Katlin on April 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

        For the French toast can you microwave it the night before and then beat it again in the morning

        • Gemma Stafford on April 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm

          Hi Katlin,

          you can do that just the best thing is just to mix it up the night before and then throw the mug into the microwave in the morning without having to do any more prep 🙂

    • bob on September 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      how and why does it explode

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