Recipe of the Month with Sammy Moniz: Apple Pie Oats

September 5, 2022 by
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Nutritional Information: (Serves 2; 1021 cals / 35F / 157C / 22P)

These Apple Pie Oats are a pretty typical first breakfast. Yes, you heard correctly “First Breakfast.” When Mat was training to compete, his calorie intake was roughly 9,600 calories a day to support his training and recovery. That is a ton of food, I know! 

Eating for Mat was basically a part-time job on top of full-time training. The best way to ensure he was properly fueling was to eat about five to six meals a day and to keep the flavors interesting. The flavors in this bowl will add a touch of sweetness and a ton of nostalgia to your day. Apple Pie is a favorite for us in the fall and these Apple Pie Oats hit all the high notes. Nothing better than starting your day well-fed.  

On most days, the first breakfast was either a yogurt bowl with fruit and granola or a bowl of oats. Oats can be boring and tough to take down a large serving if the flavor is bland. I vow to never serve boring oats! 

In my opinion there is nothing better than a cozy bowl of oats topped with roasted fruit and a dollop of nut butter. Top the oats with slightly sweet and warmed spiced roasted apples and watch that dollop of nut butter become all melty into the oats. 

In our house, this breakfast is often served with a large glass of water and a hot cup of coffee (or shot of espresso). Great for a slow cozy morning at home followed by some pre-gym mobility or for any of you on the go, pack it into a to-go container for a cozy bowl on the road. Just as we scale workouts, you can scale this recipe to fit your lifestyle / macros if what you’re seeing in the nutritional information is not necessary for you. While you might not need all the calories, I highly suggest the flavors!



  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat add the steel cut oats, water and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency. 
  2. While the oats are cooking, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the salted butter and allow it to completely melt. Once melted, add the diced apple. Cook, stirring for about 7 minutes until the apples are lightly browned. Reduce the heat to low, add the maple syrup and cinnamon. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Add a heaping scoop of the cooked steel cut oats to a bowl, top with the cinnamon maple apples and add a tablespoon of cashew maple butter to the top. Serve warm and enjoy!

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