Apple-Maple Oatmeal with Bacon & Cheddar

This yummy, hearty oatmeal recipe has everything – maple, cinnamon, sautéed apples, savory bacon, cheddar and a drizzle of maple syrup!

Serves: 4Prep: 10 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 22 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 slices Hormel® Natural Choice® Bacon
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 3 1⁄2 cups water
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook bacon in a skillet according to package directions. Remove pan from heat. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to cool and drain. Remove and reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat from pan; discard the remainder.
  • Return reserved bacon fat to pan and heat on medium-high. Add chopped apple; sauté 3 minutes or until tender and beginning to brown. Stir in 1 tablespoon maple syrup; remove pan from heat and keep warm.
  • Combine water and salt in a large saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil. Stir in oats. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Stir apple mixture and cinnamon into oatmeal. Divide oatmeal among 4 bowls.
  • Top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese; 1 slice of reserved bacon (crumbled) and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. Refrigerate leftovers.