Apple Pie Overnight Oats are full of flavor and make a healthy, make-ahead breakfast!
Are you a fan of overnight oats? You’ve got to try this recipe for Apple Pie Overnight Oats! It tastes like apple pie, but is a healthy breakfast option that’s SO easy to prepare the night before. This is the perfect easy breakfast for busy mornings.
Recipe Ingredients–What You Need
You’ll need two small apples, or one large apple. I like to use sweet apples like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala, but if you prefer tart apples Granny Smith apples will work just fine! I keep the skin on my apples because it provides more nutrients. Did you know an apple with skin can provide up to 332% more vitamin K, 142% more vitamin A, 115% more vitamin C, 20% more calcium, and up to 19% more potassium than a peeled apple?!! (source, source)
Old Fashioned Oats
You’ll need one cup of old-fashioned oats for this recipe. Do not use quick oats, instant oats, or steel cut oats for this particular recipe. Old-fashioned oats will give you the best texture and are less processed than quick oats. Whole grain oats are a good source of complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, zinc, and B1. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but make sure to get certified gluten-free oats to avoid cross contamination.
I love using cinnamon in this recipe! Not only does it add a delicious apple pie spice, but cinnamon has some incredible health benefits as well. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon per day can help improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels (source). Cinnamon is also known as an anti-inflammatory food.
Unflavored Collagen Protein Powder
I use collagen protein powder in this recipe to add some extra protein, which gives the breakfast more staying power and keeps me full until lunch. I typically add almond butter or peanut butter for extra protein in my oats, but since I wanted pure apple pie flavor here, I went with collagen protein. Collagen protein powder is also great for your skin, hair, and nails! If you don’t have collagen protein powder, you could also any kind of unflavored protein powder you like.
Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol
Yes, you can get that apple pie sweetness without any regular or brown sugar! I sweeten my apple pie oats with monk fruit sweetener. Monk fruit is a natural, zero calorie sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. I use a monk fruit blend that also has erythritol in it, which makes it appear more like regular sugar. I wanted to add some sweetness to this recipe, just like apple pie, without the blood sugar spike. This also helps keep this an anti-inflammatory recipe, which is my goal with as many recipes as I can manage! If you don’t want to use this type of sweetener, I recommend using pure maple syrup. Please note that the nutritional information will change if you add a different sweetener.
Unsweetened Almond Milk
You could technically use any kind of milk you like in this recipe, but I prefer to use non-dairy milk. I always choose unsweetened almond milk to avoid added sugars. Other options include cashew milk or oat milk. You’re free to use regular dairy milk if that’s what your family usually drinks.
Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract adds a depth of flavor and compliments the sweet apples.
I add chia seeds to my apple pie oats for some extra fiber and nutrients. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, protein, omega-three fatty acids, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. They also naturally thicken the oats.
Pinch of salt
I always add salt to my oatmeal recipes because it really brings out the flavors.
Add some walnuts, pecans, or your favorite nuts to the top for a nice crunch.
Recipe Instructions–How to Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Start by chopping up your apples into small pieces. I like to leave the skin on my apples because it provides more nutrients, but you can peel them if you prefer.
- In a medium bowl, combine the chopped apples, oats, cinnamon, protein powder, sweetener, almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and salt.
- Divide the mixture into two equal servings, in bowls with covers or in mason jars. Any airtight container will work.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- When ready to serve, the oats can be served cold, at room temperature, or warmed up. I prefer this recipe warmed up like apple pie! You can microwave it for about 30 seconds or on the stovetop for a few minutes.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Overnight oats are a healthy breakfast option because they are high in fiber and protein, and can be made with nutrient-rich ingredients. Oats have many health benefits, including improving blood sugar control and reducing cholesterol levels. Be careful, however, because some overnight oat recipes have a lot of sugar and don’t have as much protein. Look for recipes with a balanced amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Do you eat overnight oats warm or cold?
This is very much a preference. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll eat them cold and like them. Overall, though, I do prefer warm oats to cold oats. And I really prefer this Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe warm. The good news is, this is still a great meal prep breakfast because you just need to grab your container of oats and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds if you want warm oatmeal! The liquid “cooks” the oats overnight and it just needs to be warmed up quickly.
Should you use cooked apple for this recipe?
You certainly can take the extra time to cook the apple mixture so they have the texture of apple pie filling. I personally like the texture of the crisp apples in contrast to the creamy texture of the oatmeal and don’t want the extra step. If you prefer a uniform texture, cook your apples (even in the microwave) for a few minutes before adding them to the rest of the ingredients.
How long do overnight oats last in the fridge?
Overnight oats are one of the easiest breakfasts! I love them because they are a perfect make-ahead breakfast and the prep time is super minimal. I’ve found that you can prepare a large batch at the beginning of the week and have oatmeal for 4-5 days.
If you haven’t tried overnight oats yet, I know you’re going to love this Apple Pie Overnight Oats. It will become one of your favorite breakfasts!
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