These tasty Apple Pie Overnight Oats are made with perfectly cooked apples, cinnamon, oats, and natural sweetener -a simple, nutritious, and delicious way to start the day!
*This post is sponsored by Frontier Co-op through Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.*
Apple pie for breakfast? Yes, please! Okay, not quite -but these apple pie overnight oats are the next best thing! This simple and easy recipe combines microwave-cooked apples with ground cinnamon, oats, and maple syrup (or any natural sweetener) to make a satisfying fiber-rich breakfast.
Overnight oats and pre-cooked steel cut oats are my go-to busy morning breakfast. With so many tasty ways to flavor them, from sweet to savory, it's nearly impossible to get bored. These apple pie overnight oats are one of my favorites. I used the Vietnamese cinnamon and vanilla extract from Frontier Co-op and it gave these oats irresistible flavor. Not to mention, they are super easy to prep the night before to grab-and-go the next day!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Can be made in advance. Make overnight oats once to have on hand throughout the week.
- Satisfying. Oats are a great source of fiber that keeps you feeling full longer.
- Dairy-free and vegan. Not to mention, refined sugar-free.
- Delicious. It's like having healthy apple pie for breakfast!
Ingredients You'll Need
- Whole Oats (uncooked) - rolled oats aka old-fashioned oats are the best for making overnight oats. Quick oats will get soggy overnight.
- Almond Milk (unsweetened) - You could also use regular 2% milk. However, the oats will no longer be vegan if that's your preference.
- Vanilla Extract - brings pleasant sweetness to these oats and makes them taste like dessert.
- Real Maple Syrup - is a great natural alternative to refined sugar. Coconut sugar or sugar-free syrup can also be used to sweeten up these oats.
- Cinnamon & Nutmeg - adds warming "apple pie" flavor.
- Chopped Nuts - like walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.
- Apple (cored and chopped into bite-size pieces) - like Gala, Granny Smith, or Braeburn apples.
How To Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Step 1 Mix everything together:
In a large mixing bowl, add uncooked oats, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix together well.
Step 2 Refrigerate overnight:
Portion the oatmeal mixture into single-serving glass containers with lids (like mason jars) and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cover containers and transfer them to the refrigerator overnight.
Step 3 Cook apples:
Right before serving, chop apples into bite-size pieces and place them in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook until softened (about 2 to 4 minutes).
Step 4 Garnish and serve:
Stir cooked apples into overnight oats. Drizzle with extra maple syrup and cinnamon, if desired, and enjoy!
- Using rolled old-fashioned oats is key to making delicious overnight oats. Instant oats and steel-cut oats do not absorb moisture as efficiently.
- Be sure to measure out your ingredients. The ratio of oats to liquid should be 1:1 for the perfect texture and consistency.
- It's okay if the mixture looks watery and thin at first. As it chills in the refrigerator overnight, the oat flakes will slowly but surely absorb that excess liquid.
Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats A Meal
I like to pair these oats with a protein shake or egg whites to make it a well-rounded, protein-packed breakfast. For more serving suggestions, check out these yummy ideas:
- To keep things plant-based and vegan, serve oats your favorite plant-based sausage patties or links.
- For meat-eaters, you could also serve apple pie overnight oats with high protein breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, and bacon. The contrasting sweet and salt/savory flavors are delicious. This sausage and egg overnight casserole is perfect to also make the night before and serve with these oats.
- Add yogurt. As is, these overnight oats are made with no yogurt. However, adding ¼ cup of plain or Greek yogurt will further soften the oats, make them creamier and add rich flavor.
- Add more protein. Mix in a scoop of your favorite unflavored or vanilla protein powder with the oats mixture before refrigerating overnight.
The Best Containers For Overnight Oats
It's important to choose the right size, material, and shape container. Check out these recommendations that are perfect for overnight oats.
- Breakfast Jar Set
- Overnight Oats Containers
- Glass Storage Jars
- Mason Jars
- Silicone Food Storage Container
In addition to glass and silicone containers, you can also use plastic Tupperware or wrap a bowl securely with plastic wrap.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Overnight oats will last up to 5 days stored properly in the refrigerator. However, the longer they sit, the softer the oatmeal will become. For the best-tasting texture, enjoy within 3 days.
Freezing: Believe it or not, you can freeze overnight oats. I recommend freezing single-servings of the oat mixture in freezer-safe containers. You can then transfer the containers to the fridge the night to thaw and then simply stir in the apples the next day.
Old fashioned rolled oats are an excellent addition to a healthy diet as they provide a serving of whole grains, some protein, and plenty of fiber. Soaking them overnight does not make them bad for you. In fact, soaked oats are more digestible, so your body absorbs the nutrients much more efficiently.
It's totally up to you. For grab-and-go purposes, eating them cold is perfectly fine and they taste great -but, if you want to take the chill off, go ahead and warm them in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until the desired temperature is reached.
No. Instant oats absorb the liquid much quicker than rolled oats. If soaked overnight, they'll turn soggy and unpleasant.
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- 1 cup whole oats uncooked
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or regular 2% milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon real maple syrup can also use maple sugar, coconut sugar, or sugar-free syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- dash nutmeg a dash goes a long way
- 2 tablespoon nuts walnuts, pecans or almonds
- 1 medium apple cored and chopped into bite-size pieces
- Mix together: oats, almond milk (or regular milk), vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Divide the mixture between two mason jars or glass containers with a lid.
- Top with nuts. Refrigerate oat mixture, covered, overnight.
- Chop apple into bite-size pieces and place in a small glass microwaveable dish.
- Cover and cook for 2-4 minutes until soft.
- Add apples to oats and enjoy.
- Drizzle with a little extra syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
*This post was originally published November 25, 2016 and has been updated throughout.
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