Apple Pie Overnight Oats. Cinnamon and honey glazed apples tossed with oats, milk and chia seeds then topped with vanilla yogurt, toasted walnuts and a generous drizzle of honey. This spiced breakfast is packed with all the fall flavors – and rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats to start your day off right.
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What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are basically oatmeal that you don’t cook – they are usually served cold. Overnight oats typically are made the night before you want to eat them for breakfast in the morning.
To make overnight oats, you combine regular cooking rolled oats, a liquid (such as milk or milk substitute), often times chia seeds, sometimes yogurt – and any other add-ins you’d like, including: hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, crunchy nut butters, granola, protein powder, etc. Those add-ins can be stirred into the oats when they’re made, or can be used as toppings right before eating. The options are endless. When the oats sit overnight, they soak up the liquid, softening them, resulting in a creamy pudding-like consistency in the morning.
We love overnight oats in this house and much prefer them to hot oats. We have a few favorite flavors. One is this cranberry overnight oats, another is a wild blueberry overnight oat recipe, which I will share soon. And our recent favorite is this apple pie overnight oat recipe which is perfect for any gorgeous fall apples you pick at your local orchard.
What do you need to make this apple pie overnight oat recipe?
- Oats: use regular old-fashioned rolled oats. Don’t use instant oats, as those will become mushy. And don’t use steel cut oats in this recipe as they will not tenderize enough overnight.
- Milk: use whatever milk your family prefers. I typically use unsweetened soy milk, whole milk or full fat oat milk.
- Yogurt: we use whole milk vanilla yogurt for the creaminess, but use whatever yogurt you have on hand. For extra creamy oats, use yogurt both as a topping, but also in the overnight oat mixture itself.
- Apples: use your favorite fall apple here, we’ve used Macouns. We cook the apples for a few minutes with honey and cinnamon to soften them.
- Chia seeds: the chia seeds will soak up the milk, giving the oat mixture an almost pudding-like consistency.
- Toasted walnuts: you’ve gotta have crunch on these oats. We love toasted walnuts, but feel free to use toasted pecans if you prefer. Or, sub in your favorite granola.
- Cinnamon and apple pie spice: spices for that true fall flavor.
- Honey: our favorite honey, Nature Nate’s for all-natural sweetness.
- Sea salt: for that sweet and salty combo that is irresistible.
Nutrition Benefits of these Apple Pie Overnight Oats:
These overnight oats are rich in protein, dietary fiber, healthy fats, probiotics, vitamins, minerals and more.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you substitute other fruit for the apples?
Yes! Pears would be a great sub for the apples.
Can you use something other than walnuts for the topping?
Absolutely. We love the combination of toasted walnuts and apples and really love the crunch the walnuts add, but feel free to sub in pecans, or even peanuts or pumpkin seeds. Alternatively, you could swirl in a nut butter – if you do, use a crunchy one, like crunchy almond or peanut butter so you get the crunch factor, which I think is key to satisfaction.
You could also top with your favorite fall granola for more of an Apple Crumble Overnight Oats, equally as delicious.
Can these overnight oats be made dairy free?
Yes – just sub in a milk alternative and non-dairy yogurt. Same for nut-free – omit the walnuts and use pumpkin seeds and use a nut-free granola for crunch instead.
Can you freeze these overnight oats?
I don’t recommend freezing these overnight oats.
How long do these overnight oats last in the fridge?
I find these overnight oats taste best within 3 days of making them.
What’s the difference between rolled oats, instant oats and steel cut oats?
Rolled oats, also known as old fashioned oats, are oats that have been steamed, flattened and dried. Quick oats and instant oats, have been cut into smaller and thinner pieces than rolled oats, so they cook more quickly with instant oats cooking a bit more quickly than quick oats. Steel cut oats are unprocessed whole oats that are not steamed, rolled or dried. They are cut using sharp blades and take much longer to cook than the above mentioned oat varieties. In this overnight oats recipe, we use old fashioned rolled oats.
What if you don’t have apple pie spice?
Apple pie spice is typically a combination of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. You can make your own, using a combination of these 3 spices to taste, or just sub in cinnamon.
Here’s how to make these Apple Pie Overnight Oats:
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
For the apples:
- 4 apples diced (use your favorite fall apple)
- 3 tablespoons honey we love Nature Nate's
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
For the oats:
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened soy milk, oat milk or whole milk or other unsweetened milk or milk alt, plus more for serving
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup whole milk vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Sprinkle apple pie spice
- Sprinkle sea salt
- Combine apples, honey, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until apples are tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, milk, chia seeds and apple pie spice. Stir well. Fold in 3/4 of the apple mixture. Reserve the remaining apple mixture in a small bowl for topping. Cover both bowls and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, give the oats a good stir and add additional milk, if desired. Spoon oats into a bowls or mason jars. Top with yogurt, reserved apples, toasted walnuts, honey, apple pie spice and sea salt. Serve.
- For a creamier base, add 1/2 cup whole milk vanilla yogurt to the overnight oats mixture (along with the oats, milk, chia and apple pie spice).
- You can add any type of nut butter in place of the walnuts, if desired. I love the crunch and toasty-ness that the walnuts give, so prefer a crunchy nut in this case.
- To toast walnuts: Preheat oven to 350. Place walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 8-10 minutes until walnuts are fragrant and lightly toasted. Remove from oven. Let cool.
About Nature Nate’s:
We buy Nature Nate’s honey because it’s the best tasting honey – it is sweet and clean tasting, just like honey should be. They offer tons of different sizes and package types, depending on your needs – bottles, single-serve honey minis, even a new eco-friendly pouch. They also have many different types of honey, including whipped honey, raw and unfiltered, organic raw and unfiltered and honey + comb. There’s something for everyone – including a new hot honey, which I cannot wait to try.
Nature Nate’s also has a purity guarantee. Meaning every batch is tested internally and by a third party to guarantee their honey is just honey – nothing added – no pesticides or antibiotics. That is honey I can feel good about.
Where can you find Nature Nate’s honey? Many grocer’s carry it nationwide, or you can purchase it online.