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Apple Pie Steel Oats with Candied Maple Pecans // JustineCelina.com


My Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats with Candied Maple Pecans is inspired by comfort food, holiday flavours and warming, autumnal spices. They're a simple, delicious way to celebrate fall's freshly harvested apples and they can be on your table in less than 45 minutes. Who says you can't indulge an apple pie craving to start your day? This powerhouse breakfast bowl is free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar -- and bursting with natural sweetness, spices and wholesome nutrition. And yes, it really does taste just like apple pie! Throw on your coziest sweater and let's make an apple pie inspired dish that you can eat for breakfast -- all week long!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6



  • 4 apples (I prefer Ambrosia or Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup gluten free steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup pure Canadian maple syrup


  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
  • Pinch of cayenne powder (optional, but encouraged!)


  1. Add water and steel cut oats to a medium saucepan. Begin cooking over a burner set to medium heat.
  2. Peel and dice 4 apples. Add to saucepan along with spices and salt.
  3. Cook Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Once cooked, the mixture will become sticky.
  4. In the meantime, add pecans, maple syrup, salt and cayenne powder to a small pan over medium heat.
  5. Stir and turn nuts constantly for 2 minutes, or until maple syrup begins to caramelize.
  6. Remove nuts from heat, break apart and transfer to a cooling rack.
  7. Plate Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in a bowl with your choice of nut milk or coconut cream. Top with Candied Maple Walnuts to garnish, along with any spices, additional natural sweetener, or toppings you desire.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: Adjust the maple syrup to your preference and the type of apple used. You'll need more with tart varieties like Granny Smith and less with naturally sweet varieties like Ambrosia.