Apple pie overnight oats are an easy way to start your day with something sweet, healthy and filling. Invoking the warm fuzzy flavors of the season is so easy with apples, warm spices and hearty oats. These aren't your traditional plain overnight oats, these are something special.
I like to make a batch of these and a batch of my pumpkin overnight oats and rotate them for breakfast throughout the week. This gives me (and the rest of the family) some choice in what we have for breakfast (or snacks) each day.
There are two ways to make this recipe. The easiest method is to use applesauce (either homemade or store bought). Another way is to quickly cook an apple-pie like filling to use in the overnight oats.
To do that you just need to cut the apple up, saute it in a saucepan with cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of brown sugar and smidge of butter until everything is soft. Then let cool and continue making your overnight oats.
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What do you need to make overnight oats?
You’ll need a few things to get you set up for success and then these overnight oats will be in your rotation for good. I like to use these 8oz wide mouth mason jars to make these. I think they hold the right amount for a filling breakfast. The wide mouth jar allows easy access so that you can get to every last bite. Mason jars also stack well in the fridge, allowing you to make enough of these to easily store them for the week.
You’ll also want to keep a large quantity of old fashioned rolled oats on hand. I like to use Quaker Oats, but any old fashioned rolled oats will work well here. Quick oats and steel cut oats have their place, but it’s not in this recipe. The old fashioned oats have just the right texture to keep all week long. I buy my oats at Costco, but you could easily by them in the bulk bins or tall oatmeal tube at the grocery.
Fun fact: reuse those oatmeal tubes for all sorts of art projects. Here are a few great examples of ways to reuse them.
For these apple pie overnight oats you will want to have some apple sauce on hand. I love making my own homemade applesauce each fall. I can enough so that I have them on hand for months, but you can just as easily make your own small batch or use store bought.
Once you have these items gathered, the rest is all about measuring and dumping ingredients into the jars. Some people like to make everything in one big bowl, stir it together and then portion them out. I find that things don’t get evenly distributed that way. Instead, I usually make these in their individual jars.
How to make apple pie overnight oats
A simple assembly line is the easiest way to make any type of overnight oats you like. For these apple pie overnight oats, here is my method.
I first lay out my jars and find the lids and bands to go with them. It’s the worst when you’ve made all of your jars, but can’t find the last lid. Then, I measure out the oats into each jar. Using a measuring cup, I pour the milk into each jar (dairy and plant based milks both work well here).
After the milk is in, I add in the yogurt and the flavorings. In this case, I would add in the applesauce, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of brown sugar. You can also stir in some chopped apples for a different texture if you like.
From there, all you need to do is put a lid on it and put it into the fridge. When you are ready to eat, open the jar, stir everything together and voila, breakfast is served!
Tips and Tricks:
- If I’m making a big batch of overnight oats for the family (5 mornings for 4 people), I will dump my oats into a big mixing bowl to make measuring everything out more simple, but otherwise, the assembly line method is preferred.
- This 4 cup liquid measuring cup helps speed up the process and keeps me on track with how much milk I’m pouring into each jar.
- My suggestion is to make a few flavors at a time so you don’t have to eat the same thing each day for an entire week. I have some other recipes for overnight oats on the blog. Check them out below.
Here are a few other of my favorite easy breakfast recipes with old fashioned oats:
apple pie overnight oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup milk any kind
- 2 tablespoons apple sauce apple pie filling or sauteed apples
- 1-2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- put oats in a clean 8 oz wide mouth mason jar
- add in the greek yogurt, the apples and spices
- pour in the milk (should just about cover the oats)
- cover and seal the jar and put into fridge for at least 12 hours and up to a week
- when you go to eat them, be sure to give everything a good stir to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated
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