This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This apple pie overnight oats recipe tastes like a classic American dessert and is packed with nutrition!
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Want to make breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then divide into individual servings.
For best flavor, toast the walnuts. If using whole walnuts, toast in the oven, then chop finely. If using chopped walnuts, toast on the stovetop.
- Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture; quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats, as these have to be cooked for optimal digestion.
- Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can also make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
- Greek Yogurt: substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works with your overall diet. Choose plain varieties and sweeten to taste. To make your overnight oats vegan substitute a plant-based yogurt. Don’t have yogurt? Simply leave it out.
- Maple Syrup: substitute agave, brown sugar, or honey. You can also use jam, juice, or pureed fruit in place of sweetener.
- Apples: substitute dried apples or applesauce.
- Walnuts: substitute chopped toasted pecans, almonds, or cashews.
- Cinnamon: substitute any variety of sweet spices – allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or nutmeg.
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Feel free to add other mix-ins to taste: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, nut butter, flavor extracts, etc.
Need some overnight oats recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide, or check out some of our favorite overnight oats variations!
Take a look at our stovetop oatmeal base recipe and its variations for even more ideas!
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast
The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, apple, and walnuts. This recipe also contains natural sweetener, but far less than many breakfast cereals.
Oats are a whole grain and are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (1, 2)
Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.
Apples contains prebiotic fiber, vitamins, and minerals – important for digestion, steady energy, and metabolism.
Nuts of all varieties contain plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats that help you feel satisfied until your next meal. Walnuts also provide omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain and heart health.
Less Sugar than Breakfast Cereal
Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! They can also be a great snack or post-workout treat.
Serve hot or cold.
How to Store Apple Overnight Oats
Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning but can be stored for up to one week.
The longer the oats are held in the refrigerator, the mushier they will become.
Want more healthy breakfast recipes?
Check out these healthy base recipe breakfast ideas, then adjust to YOUR taste!
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned or quick oats
- ½ cup milk or milk alternative
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or to taste)
- Dash cinnamon
- ½ medium apple, diced (~½ cup)
- 2 Tablespoons toasted, chopped walnuts
- Mix oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a bowl. Top with apple and toasted walnuts, or add them in the morning.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Enjoy cold!