It’s apple season! And this Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe makes the perfect healthy fall breakfast.
Apples are full of vitamins and antioxidants, and they’re a great source of fiber, too. There are many varieties of apples available which allows you to customize any dish that you use them in. Choose a pink lady apple if you like a little tang, or a Gala if you like balanced sweetness. Just grab your favorite variety and whip up some Apple Pie Overnight Oats—you won’t regret it.
The combination of apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple is simply divine. This healthful breakfast is gluten-free, dairy-free, full of fiber, and absolutely delicious.
Want to mix it up? Find more overnight oats recipes here.
Apple Overnight Oats Ingredients
The ingredients in overnight oats recipes are flexible. Here is a list of what to put in this Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe—I love this combo together! However, you can easily leave anything out or substitute if you’d like.
- whole rolled oats (not steel cut)
- chopped apples
- sliced banana
- almond butter or peanut butter (or sun butter)
- cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice if you have some that you need to use up
- vanilla extract for gourmet sweetness
- maple syrup (or honey)
- oat milk, almond milk, or any milk that suits you best
- optional: chia seeds or ground flax seeds for extra fiber and nutrition
How to Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Overnight oats might be one of the simplest healthy make-ahead meals ever.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Grab your whole rolled oats, apples, banana, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter (or peanut butter), and chia seeds if using.
Step 2: Layer the Ingredients in a Jar or Bowl
Choose something with a lid to cover your oats while they soak in the fridge. I like to layer my ingredients before pouring in the milk.
Step 3: Pour in Milk to Cover
Cover with oat milk, almond milk, regular milk, or any milk of your choice. Sometimes I mix half water and half milk if I’m running low on milk and that works great. Just leave a little room at the top of the jar or bowl because the oats will expand as they absorb the liquid.
Step 4: Cover & Soak Overnight
Your overnight oats will be ready in the morning. Or, make them in the morning for a sweet treat for dinner.
Soak them for at least 8 hours, covered, in the fridge.
If you want to make it extra pretty like the photos here, add more chopped apples and a drizzle of almond butter on top!
Check out my more detailed overnight oats tutorial here if this is your first time making overnight oats.
Even if you’re not an oatmeal fan give apple overnight oats a try. I’ve never cared for hot oatmeal so I avoided overnight oats until I was at a business breakfast and it was the only thing available. I was so glad I tried it; the texture of soaked and chilled oats is much more appealing than I had expected.
Are oats gluten-free?
Yes, oats are gluten-free by nature. However, they are often stored in close proximity to gluten-containing grains. If you have a severe gluten allergy or sensitivity look for oats specifically labeled gluten-free.
Apples are on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” meaning that they tend to be sprayed with high levels of pesticides, so choose organic if you can. Also, choose organic oats if you can—they tend to be a really great price in the bulk bins of your natural grocery store.
Meal Prep & Storage
The recipe below makes two servings and I usually double it to prepare four servings at a time, which takes 2 pint-sized mason jars. You can line the jars up assembly-line style and make four days’ worth of breakfasts in one fell swoop.
Overnight oats keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days.
I’ve even taken a jar of overnight oats on the plane with me when I travel for a healthy lunch; if they are fully soaked (no liquid) you can take it through security.Print
This apple overnight oats recipe makes 2 servings and is easily doubled or tripled if needed. Overnight oats keep in the fridge for 4-5 days, so make these ahead for delicious breakfasts all week long. We like them cold, but you can heat them over medium heat in a small pan on the stove if desired.
You’ll need a wide-mouth pint-sized mason jar or similar glass container with a secure fitting lid. Or, split the two servings between two half-pint mason jars for single-serve oats (as pictured here).
- 1 banana, sliced (if you don’t like banana you can leave this out)
- 1/2 of an apple, diced (we like to use Gala apples here)
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond butter
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 cup of whole rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened milk of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon organic maple syrup (100% real maple syrup), or honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon high-quality vanilla extract
- In a separate container, mix your nut milk, natural sweetener, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In your mason jar or bowl, layer the ingredients as follows:
- 4-5 slices of banana, I like to press them around the bottom edges
- sprinkle of diced apple
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- sprinkle of diced apple
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- Leave a slight gap at the top after the last layer for the nut milk and soaking.
- Pour your nut milk mixture over the oats leaving a slight gap at the top to allow your oats to expand as they soak. Stick a knife or fork to the bottom of the jar a few times to make sure the milk soaks all the way through. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, or at least up to 6 hours. Will keep up to five days in your refrigerator if you use plant-based milk or water, or three days if you use regular milk.
- Enjoy cold or warm through in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat if you prefer.
Keeps well in the fridge, covered, up to 4 days.
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