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!
Why I Love Overnight Oats
If you’re on top of your game, you can even prep these the night before so you have a balanced breakfast to enjoy the next morning. I love that I can take these with me in the car, to a hypothetical office or for a post-workout snack at the gym.
When I wake up in the morning and realize I have no healthy snacks on hand, I whip up a batch of chia pudding or overnight oats so that by the time hunger rolls around at 3:00 PM, my snack is ready and I can indulge.
So yeah, overnight oats are the superstar of healthy eating over here! I hope you love them as well because I have a ton of great overnight oat recipes for you to try. Start with these apple pie overnight oats and make your way through the recipe index. 🙂
Ingredients Needed For Apple Pie Oats
milk – any milk will work. I like almond, cashew or coconut.
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.
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! Chop up your apples into bite sized pieces and add 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.
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.
If you try these apple pie overnight oats be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe.
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.
Meanwhile add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon into a dish with a lid (a mason jar works great!). Stir ingredients together and add 1/4 cup of the cinnamon apples. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).
To 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.
Enjoy the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.
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