McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is delicious and healthy. This creamy oatmeal with maple syrup topped with apples, cranberries, and raisins is a great way to start the day. You can make it at home with this easy copycat recipe.

homemade McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal in a bowl.

Delicious Oatmeal for Breakfast

Oatmeal is sadly underappreciated in the US. Unfortunately, that’s because most of us grew up eating packets of powdery instant oatmeal.

And if you think that overly sweet gruel with the consistency of paste is the real stuff, well, you are sorely mistaken. Real oatmeal is marvelous, and believe it or not, the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal McDonalds serves is particularly good. 

Don’t make the mistake of jumping down to read the ingredient list and then deciding to skip this recipe because there are just too many different types of fruits. If you don’t have all of them on hand, you can still make this oatmeal recipe using the ones you do have.

The oatmeal will taste amazing, guaranteed.

So, whether you have a bowl of oatmeal every morning or swore as a kid you would never again touch the stuff, you will definitely want to cast off your doubts and try this recipe.

McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Quick cook oatmeal 
  • Salt 
  • Water 
  • Half and half 
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar 
  • Raisins 
  • White (golden) raisins 
  • Craisins 
  • Red delicious apple 
  • Granny smith apple 
McDonald's fruit and maple oatmeal ingredients

Don’t Be Afraid of Using Other Types of Oatmeal

This version of McDonalds oatmeal calls for using quick-cooking rolled oats and will make a delicious bowl of oatmeal in less time than it takes for you to get through the drive-in.

However, there are other options that may take a little longer to cook but offer a new world of flavors and textures that is worth exploring.

The three basic types of oatmeal are: rolled or flake oats, pinhead or steel-cut oats, and ground oats. 

Rolled Oats

This is the most popular type of oatmeal in the United States. Manufacturers steam and roll the oat groat flat to give rolled oats its moderately smooth consistency.

Quick-cooking oats are steamed for longer and rolled thinner for shorter cooking times. Instant oats are rolled even thinner for even fasting cooking. 

Pinhead or Steel-cut Oats

This type of oatmeal is popular in Ireland, and many companies label this style of oatmeal as Irish Oatmeal, no matter they come from.

Pinhead oats are cut using a steel blade, hence the alternative name. Whatever you call them, this type of oatmeal is slightly chewy even when fully cooked and has a more pronounced flavor than rolled oats. 

Ground Oats

For hundreds of years, Scots have been making their version of oatmeal by grinding oat groats between rough grindstones, giving them a characteristically smooth texture.

This type of oatmeal cooks up almost fluffy without the chew of pinhead oatmeal.

Read more about the different oatmeal types and how to cook them.

How to Make McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

  1. Place oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl. Add hot water, salt, and half and half.
oatmeal, water, salt, and half and half in a bowl.
  1. Microwave for about 1 minute. Stir well.
  2. Add maple syrup and stir it in the oatmeal.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar, raisins, white raisins, craisins, and chopped apples on top.
homemade McDonald's fruit and maple oatmeal and a spoon in a bowl.

Tips for Making and Storing Fruit & Maple Oatmeal from McDonalds

  • Don’t use cheap pancake syrup instead of good-quality maple syrup. Pancake syrup is mostly corn syrup, artificial flavors, and food coloring. Sometimes spending more on a higher quality ingredient is essential for a recipe to taste great. This is one of those times. 
  • Make McDonalds oatmeal vegan friendly. Oatmeal is an excellent meal for folks that don’t want to eat meat. The recipe is already vegetarian-friendly, but you can try switching out the half and half for oat milk to make it vegan-approved. 
  • Store cooked oatmeal without fruit in an airtight container for up to five days in the fridge. If you decide to use a type of oatmeal that takes a bit longer to prepare, you can make a big batch Sunday night and reheat it for quick breakfasts throughout the week. Just stir in a tablespoon of milk, cover, and heat in the microwave until hot, about two minutes. 

Check out our other oatmeal recipes on YouTube

overhead view of homemade McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal in a bowl.

Frequently asked questions

Is McDonald’s Oatmeal vegan?

No, McDonald’s Oatmeal contains cream. McDonald’s oatmeal is vegetarian.

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homemade McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal in a bowl.

McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

No need to go out for breakfast. You can make McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, McDonald’s Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 348kcal


  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon white raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Craisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red delicious apple
  • 1 tablespoon chopped granny smith apple


  • Place the oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Add the hot water, salt, and half and half, and microwave for about 1 minute. Stir well.
  • Stir the maple syrup into the oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar, raisins, white raisins, Craisins, and chopped apples on top.



Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Lindsey D.

    5 stars
    This recipe is spot on, thanks! I did make one substitution to get the saturated fat down to 0g and that was to replace the half and half with oatmilk creamer. Couldn’t tell a difference and this helps start my day off with a quick, hearty, and healthy breakfast. LOVE IT.

  2. Debra

    Copy cat Carlos I’m Kelly’s ground beef with red sauce enchiladas. They are located in Wichita, KS. I love their food; it’s the best. I also like their ground beef with red sauce chimichangas.

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