Eat dessert for breakfast with these healthy apple pie overnight oats. You’ll love the cozy cinnamon apple flavor and that they can be made ahead of time.
I always start my day with a well-rounded breakfast. I know it’s kind of a cliché health tip, but it’s cliché because it’s really important! When I start my day feeling satisfied from a balanced breakfast, I’m much more likely to make better choices for the rest of the day.
Have you ever started your day with a donut and craved sugar the rest of the day? Or have you ever skipped breakfast and then felt ravenous all afternoon/evening? Yup, that’s what I’m talking about. Start your day “on track” and you’ll be more motivated to stick with your healthy eating. Want the best of both worlds? These apple pie overnight oats taste like dessert but won’t derail your health goals!
Ingredients Needed For Apple Pie Overnight Oats
rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work well because they don’t absorb liquid the same way rolled oats do.
apples – the star of show here. I like using Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples, but any variety will work!
milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work.
yogurt – you can use regular or non-dairy yogurt. I like using plain, but I recently tried using Siggi’s vanilla & cinnamon yogurt in this recipe and it was amazing. Highly recommend!
maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid so it blends in nicely with the oat mixture and I personally love the flavor. Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work as well. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit
vanilla – just a touch for added flavor!
cinnamon – or apple pie spice.
Cinnamon Apple Topping
The most important part of this recipe (in my opinion!) is the cinnamon apple topping. It’s an extra step but 100% worth it! Here’s what you do:
Chop up your apples into bite sized pieces.
Mix the apple pieces, maple syrup and cinnamon to a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir together to coat the apples.
Heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until the apples have softened a bit and look like baked apples.
Overnight Oats Ratio
The base “recipe” for overnight oats is so simple! The hardest part is getting the right ratio of oats to liquid. I aim for a 1:1 ratio of rolled oats to milk, plus half as much yogurt. So for 1/2 cup of oats, I use 1/2 cup of milk + 1/4 cup of yogurt (or an additional 1/4 cup of milk). This seems to give the oats the perfect consistency, not too thick, but not soupy. For the liquid, I usually go for non-dairy milk like almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand and if you really want to experiment you can try using different liquids like fruit juice.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?
Given the name, you’d assume overnight oats need to soak overnight, but you can actually make them in 2-4 hours if you’re in a rush. While it does take some time for the oats to absorb the liquid, they don’t necessarily have to be soaked overnight.
I recommend at least 8 hours for true overnight oats, but there have been mornings where I decide I want overnight oats for breakfast even though I didn’t prep them the night before. When this happens I’ll make them the morning of and let the oats soak for just 2-4 hours. With this quick soak, they’re not as soft as overnight oats that have soaked longer and they’re a bit more liquidy, but they’re still delicious.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Stay Fresh?
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5. With this said, overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to make a whole batch for the week on Sunday. I like prepping them in wide mouth 16 oz mason jars.
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Eat dessert for breakfast with these healthy apple pie overnight oats. You'll love the cozy cinnamon apple flavor and that they can be made ahead of time.
1/2 -3/4cupunsweetened vanilla dairy-free milkalmond, cashew, coconut, etc.
1/4cupplain Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt
2teaspoonsmaple syruphoney or your favorite sweetener
1/2teaspooncinnamonor apple pie spice
toppings: cinnamon applesnut butter, chopped nuts, chia or hemp seeds
Prep cinnamon apples: Add chopped apple pieces, maple syrup and cinnamon in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir together to coat apples. Heat for 30 - 60 seconds, until apples have softened a bit and look similar to baked apples. Let cool and reserve 1/4 cup of the apples to use as a topping.
Mix remaining ingredients: Add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon into a dish with a lid (a mason jar works great!).
Stir in apples: Add 1/4 cup of the cinnamon apples to the oat mixture and stir. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more.
Refrigerate: Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).
Serve: Remove lid from jar, add more yogurt or almond milk if the mixture seems too thick. Top with extra 1/4 cup apples and your favorite overnight oat toppings. I love adding a little nut butter or chopped nuts.
Milk: I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work.
Yogurt: You can use regular or non-dairy yogurt. I like using plain, but I recently tried using Siggi's vanilla & cinnamon yogurt in this recipe and it was amazing. Highly recommend!
Maple syrup: Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work as well. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit