Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe is a delicious breakfast that you can make quickly and keep in a mason jar. With old fashioned oats, flaxseed or chia seeds, fresh apples, yogurt, milk, and warm spices for a delicious apple pie flavor. Apple Pie Overnight Oats are creamy and sweet, with crisp sweet apples and a hint of cinnamon, these oats are like eating healthy apple pie! Enjoy this make-ahead breakfast without any of the cooking.
Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal
If you are wanting some delicious, easy breakfast recipes for busy mornings, overnight oats are a great thing to add to your breakfast menu. These apple pie oats have diced crisp apples with a touch of cinnamon for a nice cinnamon apple flavor.
This is a favorite breakfast recipe in our house because we can just open up the refrigerator and pull out a ready to eat breakfast. And this is a super versatile recipe that you can customize with an endless variety of flavors.
Serve this overnight oatmeal recipe as part of a balanced breakfast, a healthy snack, or it may become a favorite dessert recipe!
What Are Overnight Oats?
• This recipe is a no-cook method of making oatmeal. The beauty of overnight oats is not only that they require no cooking, but you can flavor them any way you like. And they are healthy!
• Rolled oats are soaked in liquid (usually milk) along with yogurt, and various toppings or flavorings overnight in the refrigerator.
• This process softens the oats, making them ready to eat in the morning.
Overnight Oats vs Oatmeal
- The main differences between overnight oats and oatmeal:
- Both overnight oats and traditional oatmeal are made from oats but differ in their preparation, texture, and flavor.
- Overnight oatmeal is cold, ready-to-eat oats that you prepare the night before by mixing them in liquid (like milk or yogurt) along with additional flavorings and toppings.
- Oatmeal, on the other hand, is hot oats that are cooked on the stove or in the microwave. The big differences are temperature, texture, and preparation time.
- In a nutshell, overnight oats are cold, soft, and quick to prepare (but requires soaking overnight), while oatmeal is hot, can vary in thickness, and requires cooking.
Meal Prep Breakfast
- This Overnight apple pie oatmeal recipe is a great way to meal prep a healthy breakfast in the beginning of the week.
- Overnight oatmeal recipes are not only convenient, they are also perfect for meal-prepping because you can prepare multiple servings and just keep them in the fridge.
- Tasty Overnight Oat recipes are versatile, allowing you to prepare several varieties of flavors, if you like, for quick and healthy breakfasts throughout the week.
Do I Have to Eat Overnight Oats Cold?
• No you don't. While overnight oats are typically eaten cold, you can heat them in the microwave for a warm breakfast. Just be sure to use a microwave-safe container and stir occasionally to avoid overheating.
• If you just want to eat them less chilled, you can let them sit out on the counter for an hour in the morning, while you get ready, before eating them.
Apple Pie Overnight Oats Ingredients
Rolled Oats - Quick oats may get a little too soft, but it is up to your preference.
Greek Yogurt - Use plain yogurt, or vanilla if you like sweeter.
Ground Flaxseed - Or use chia seeds.
Brown Sugar - Or use pure Maple Syrup or raw Honey.
Vanilla Extract - Or vanilla bean paste.
Spices - Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or apple pie spice.
Milk - Cow's milk, unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, or coconut milk.
Chopped Apples - Pink lady, gala, honeycrisp, etc.
Nuts - Optional. Use your favorite chopped nuts. Pecans and walnuts are favorites.
Can I Make Overnight Oats with Non-Dairy Milk?
Yes, you can use non-dairy milk such as almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, or coconut milk to make overnight oats.
These are great options for those who are lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet.
Can Steel Cut Oats be Used for Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can use steel-cut oats to make overnight oats, but there are some differences in preparation compared to using rolled oats. Steel-cut oats have a coarser texture and take longer to soften, so you'll need to adjust the method:
- Soaking Time: Steel-cut oats require a longer soaking time to become soft enough to enjoy. Unlike rolled oats, which are usually ready to eat after just a few hours of soaking, steel-cut oats may need to soak for at least 6-8 hours or overnight, or longer.
- Liquid Ratio: You might need more liquid when making overnight oats using steel-cut oats because they absorb more moisture. Start with a 1:4 ratio of oats to liquid (e.g., 1/4 cup steel-cut oats to 1 cup of milk) and adjust according to your preference for thickness.
- Cooking (Optional): To speed up the softening process, you can cook the steel-cut oats on the stovetop or in the microwave for a short time before mixing them with the other overnight oatmeal ingredients and transferring them to the refrigerator.
Can I Add Protein Powder to Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can add protein powder to overnight oats for extra protein content. Simply mix it in with the other ingredients before refrigerating.You may need to add a little extra milk.
Favorite Oatmeal Toppings
Almond Butter, peanut butter, apple pie filling, shredded coconut, raisins, mini chocolate chips, cooked apples, chopped date, granola, or whatever you like!
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Flavored Overnight Oats
• In a medium bowl mix the oats, yogurt, flaxseed, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add milk (Alternatively, you can divide the ingredients between two pint jars and pre-make into 2 individual portions).
• Give a good stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.
• In the morning, dice the apple into small cubes. You could do this the night before, but the apple may turn brown (you can soak in a little lemon juice and drain before putting in the fridge to help prevent this).
• You can keep the oatmeal in the bowl and mix the apples in, or layer the apples with the oatmeal for a pretty presentation.
• Give it a good stir before eating, and enjoy cold or heat it up in the microwave.
• When ready to serve, you can top with additional apple slices, chopped nuts, or your favorite topping, if desired.
Tips and Substitutions
• Use a pint jar for each serving to ensure you have enough room for the ingredients.
• This recipe makes a thicker oatmeal - if you’d like more of a porridge texture, decrease the yogurt to ¼ cup or add more milk until desired consistency is reached.
• Instead of brown sugar, you can substitute pure maple syrup.
How Long do Overnights Keep?
Storing overnight oats properly is the key to their longevity:
- Use Airtight Container: Transfer your prepared overnight oats into airtight containers with lids. Mason jars, plastic containers, glass, or Tupperware containers work well. Make sure they have a tight seal to prevent air from entering.
- Refrigerate: Place the sealed containers in the refrigerator. Overnight oats need to be stored in the fridge to keep them fresh and safe to eat.
- Label & Date: If you've prepared different flavors or variations, considering labeling the containers with the flavor (if making different types) and date made. This helps you easily identify them and ensures you eat them within their freshness window (usually 2-3 days).
- Keep Toppings Separate: If you've added toppings like fresh fruits, nuts, or seeds, consider keeping them separate until you're ready to eat. This helps maintain their texture and prevents them from getting soggy.
Stir Before Eating: When you're ready to enjoy your overnight oats, give them a good stir first.
Following these steps, you can store your overnight oats safely and conveniently in the refrigerator for 2-3 of days, making them a quick and easy breakfast for busy mornings.
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Mixing Bowl
- 2 Pint Mason Jars
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed (or Chia Seeds)
- 3-4 teaspoons Brown Sugar or to taste
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 Medium Apple diced
- In a medium bowl mix the oats, yogurt, flaxseed, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk (Alternatively, you can divide the ingredients between two jars and mix into 2 individual portions).
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or ideally overnight.
- When ready to serve, slice the apple into small cubes and mix in as desired (layers or mixed in) with the oats.
- Garnish top with additional apple slices, or other toppings, if desired.