These deliciously spiced healthy apple pie overnight oats are perfect for squeezing more fruit into your breakfast in a healthy and delicious way!
Who wants apple pie for breakfast? I know I do (and have done!) with this recipe for healthy apple pie overnight oats. These apple cinnamon overnight oats wonderfully mimic the flavor of a healthy apple pie – with a combination of creamy yogurt (of your choice), homemade apple puree, and apple pie spiced oats.
Easy, grab and go, healthy breakfast options for busy morning have basically become my ‘thing’ – because I love the convenience of knowing I have something sitting for me in the fridge, no prep required. Plus, I always try to mix them up a little and have delicious, but also nutritious options waiting for me.
These overnight oats with chia seeds provide extra protein – not to mention it’s just a delicious apple breakfast recipe. I’m all for appreciating the humble apple right now – banana and berries get a lot of love from me, so I think apples deserve their chance to shine too – no better way than with these apple overnight oats.
Okay – so there’s no pie crust here – unfortunately, that’s a little harder to fit into my overnight oats jar. However, you can use some homemade granola on top, for a bit of crunch – or even a simple ‘crumble’ topping.
So, what gives these oats the delicious apple pie flavor? It’s the apple pie spice – A delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I like to make a batch of this spice blend, to keep on hand for these recipes. Plus, it’s another way to save on a bit of time – so that’s a win-win.
The Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe How-To
Layer 2: Yogurt – yogurt of your choice. I use Greek yogurt when I want them super thick and creamy, or natural yogurt for a slightly lighter dish – but any will do, including dairy-free – like this almond yogurt.
Layer 3: Apple – apple purée (can be homemade with two apples).
Decoration (optional): apple slices, cinnamon, edible flowers (completely optional). Alternatively, add some granola or a ‘crumble’/crisp topping for crunch.
Start by adding the rolled oats to the milk. Then add the chia seeds, maple syrup, and apple pie spice. Stir well.
Set aside to soak for at least 1 hour or, for best results, leave in the refrigerator overnight.*
* You’ll find that if you soak them for only an hour, then the oats maintain their texture more and remain ‘separated’ from the milk – whereas overnight oats will combine the oats and milk/yogurt into more of a singular thing. The oats become soft, and the milk becomes more gelatinous from the oats, so it’s a bit more similar to porridge.
Your ideal texture is up to you so experiment and see what you like. For me, shoving everything in a mason jar/small jar the night before is the preferred method and I love the texture either way.
To make the homemade apple purée, chop two apples and simmer them with a bit of water for 10-15 minutes.
Then simply mash them using a fork or a hand blender, depending on your preferred texture. **
** You can add a little sweetener and even cinnamon to the apples too – but I find this unnecessary for my preferred levels of sweetness. Check more tips here: How To Make Homemade Applesauce.
To decorate the breakfast jar (optional, but I love a beautiful dish), you can stick some edible flowers on the inside of the glass. To help them stick, use a bit of honey/maple syrup.
Layer the overnight oats with the yogurt, then top with the apple purée ***. Add a few flowers and apple slices and sprinkle with some apple-pie spice (or just cinnamon). Enjoy.
*** Apple puree will go brown with oxidization – so you can also swap the layers around, so the yogurt is on top. Alternatively, cover the jars while the oats soak – to reduce the oxidization process. There’s nothing wrong with eating the browned puree, it just definitely doesn’t look as appealing!
Other healthy overnight oats recipes you might enjoy
If you’re looking for more oats inspiration – especially dessert-inspired flavors – then look no further. How about these carrot cake overnight oats, or perhaps strawberry cheesecake oats? Taking it a step further, I have an option for ‘cookie dough’ flavored overnight oats or even a peanut butter salted caramel overnight oats.
If you have any questions, then you can ask them in the comments. I also love seeing your recipe recreations, so feel free to tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie.
Healthy Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- 1.5 cup almond milk
- ¾ cup rolled oats unprocessed
- 1 tBsp chia seeds
- 1 tBsp maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp apple pie spice (½ tsp ground cinnamon, ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg, ⅛ tsp ground cardamom)
- 1 cup yogurt of your choice
- 1 cup applesauce (can be homemade with 2 apples)
- a few edible flowers (completely optional)
- a few thin apple slices
- a pinch of cinnamon
Prepare the oats
- Mixing the rolled oats with the chia seeds, adding the milk, maple syrup and apple-pie spice.
- Stir well. Set aside to soak for at least 1 hour or, for best results, keep in the fridge overnight.*
Homamade applesauce (apple purée) – optional step
- Chop 2 apples and simmer them with a bit of water for 10-15 minutes.
- Simply mash them using a fork or a hand blender, depending on your preferred texture.**
- To decorate the breakfast jar, you can stick some edible flowers on the inside of the glass. To help them stick, you can use a bit of honey ro syrup. – this is optional, but I love to do it.
- Layer the overnight oats with the yogurt, then top with the apple purée***. Add a few flowers and apple slices and sprinkle with some apple-pie spice (or just cinnamon). Enjoy.