Apple Cinnamon Oat Porridge


Oatmeal breakfast recipe by Baraa El Sabbagh, Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist, Personal Trainer in Dubai, UAE

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of oats! They’re so versatile and can work well with so many things. They can be cooked, baked, or eaten raw. You can have them for breakfast, a snack, or even dinner. 

So, when I came across this recipe from @upcloseandhealthy, I knew I had to give it a try. Trust me, it won’t just be a delicious experience, it’ll also be an easy one, which is why I’m sharing it with you. 



I always get asked this question, and as I’ve mentioned, I’m all for oats: 

  • They’re considered a whole grain, which means they have fibre. 
  • Fibre makes you feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time compared to refined carbohydrates like cereals. 
  • They help reduce cholesterol in the blood. 
  • They help with healthy digestion and ease constipation. 
  • They’re fantastic as a pre and post workout snack. 

I can list at least 20 more reasons to include oats as part of your diet, but at the end of the day, quantity matters. ½ cup of raw oats is 150 calories, which is perfect when added with milk, fruit, and whatever toppings you like. A healthy breakfast can have ± 400 calories, of course this is different for every person but it's a good reference to keep in mind.  


I love making things that work well for breakfast or a snack. If it’s too sweet for you to have first thing in the morning, finish making it and package it up to take to work for midday snack. Make sure you bring some to share with your office though, I’ve learned that people tend to get hungry when they see or smell something good. 

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 ½ cups any milk (Zaina recommended oat milk)
  • ½ apple cubed
  • Cinnamon stick 
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (optional)


  • Place mixture on heat and simmer till it forms a porridge.
  • Add a cinnamon stick and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder while it’s on the stove. 
  • Top with 1 tbsp of almond butter.
  • Optional: Add more slices of apple on top.
  • Sprinkle some chia seeds. 


350 calories, 9.5 g protein, 15 g fats, 46 g carbs, 8 g fiber

And that’s it! You’re done. As with all these recipes, I’d love to see the final product. 


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