Apple Pie Overnight Oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack, perfect for busy families. This version combines old fashioned oatmeal, milk, and yogurt, with a simple apple mixture that cooks in just ten minutes on the stove top.
We are pretty big oatmeal fanatics here, especially Mike who eats his steel cut oats every morning after his run. These overnight oats are more of a snack or dessert for him, because when it comes to oatmeal, he’ll eat it whenever possible. I also prefer mine as a snack, because I prefer protein in the morning. If you watch my insta stories, you’ll know that my fav is Mexican quinoa salad – heavy on the jalapeños!
Overnight Oats are a wonderful breakfast or snack option for busy families, especially when you need something healthy and portable. Grab a spoon and a jar, and you’re ready to go.
Ingredients needed for Apple Pie Overnight Oats:
For the apple mixture:
- Apples – Peel them and chop them in small pieces.
- Butter – Just a tablespoon is needed.
- Water – This helps make it more saucy.
- Vanilla – Optional ingredient.
- Brown Sugar – You only need a bit too sweeten.
- Cinnamon – The perfect fall spice.
For the remaining mixture:
- Oatmeal – Use old fashioned oatmeal, not the quick oats.
- Milk – Use whatever version you like best. I prefer using 1%.
- Yogurt – You could use any flavor, or whatever you have on hand.
How to make Apple Pie Overnight Oats:
- Make the apple mixture. In a medium saucepan, combine the peeled and diced apples, butter, water, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook on medium heat until the apples soften, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside (or in the refrigerator) to cool. Reserve about 3/4 cup of apples.
- Combine all ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine the oatmeal, milk, yogurt, and the cooled apple mixture (except the reserved apples). Stir to combine.
- Prepare jars. Using a measuring cup or spoon, pour/spoon the mixture into three (or four) mason jars. Spoon the reserved apples on top, and place in the refrigerator.
- Let rest. Keep the jars in the refrigerator overnight, or at least two hours.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight Oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. This involves soaking the raw oatmeal in milk for at least two hours, or overnight, instead of cooking the oatmeal on the stovetop (or in the microwave). During the soaking process, the oats absorb the liquid and soften, making them delicious to eat uncooked.
The next morning (or even after a couple of hours), you have a delicious, creamy serving of oatmeal. Overnight oats are a super easy and convenient breakfast or snack, that will turn non-oatmeal lovers into BIG fans.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes, overnight oats are healthy! The following are a few benefits to incorporating oats to your diet.
- Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, and also contain more protein and fat than most grains.
- They help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and increase feelings of fullness.
- Because oats promote a “full” feeling, they help in weight loss.
- Oatmeal can help reduce constipation, and helps with gut health.
Do you eat overnight oats cold or hot?
Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, but if you prefer them hot, then simply warm them up in the microwave. You can also pour them from the jar to a bowl, and add additional toppings.
How long do overnight oats last?
The longer the overnights sit, the more liquid they absorb. So if you wait a few days to eat them, they’ll be creamier and maybe even dense. You may want to add additional milk before eating. We usually eat ours within three days (or sooner!), but they would probably be ok up until day four.
One jar of overnight oats is more than enough for me. So while my husband could eat two (from experience!), I could definitely eat a smaller jar. Feel free to use four jars instead of three (as pictured below). This size is perfect for smaller appetites or young kids.
Size of jars you can use:
- 16 oz. mason jars – the size above
- 12 oz. mason jars – something in between
- 8 oz mason jars – the size below
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- 2 large apples - peeled and diced
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2-3 Tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 2 1/4 cups 1% milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
- Prep apples. In a small saucepan, combine the peeled and diced apples with the butter, water, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Set them in the refrigerator to cool.
- Reserve about 3/4 cup of the apples. Then combine the oatmeal, milk, Greek yogurt, and the remaining cooled apples (and juices). Stir well to combine.
- Carefully spoon apples and oats mixture into four jars. Store them in the refrigerator overnight, or at least two hours.
- To serve, spoon a few more apples on top, and EAT.