These apple pie overnight oats taste like apple pie in a jar. Enjoy these year round but especially in the Fall when apples are in season and abundant. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

Weck jar filled with apple pie oatmeal.

Apple Pie Oats Ingredients

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to make these delicious overnight oats:

  • Apple. Any kind of apple works so go ahead and use your favourite. Before adding it to the overnight oats mixture, we’ll be cooking it up in a pan with lemon and cinnamon until sweet and soft, just like apple pie.
  • Rolled oats. I like the texture of rolled oats best for overnight oatmeal but if all you have is quick oats, that’s ok too.
  • Plant-based milk. Any plant-based milk works. I usually use almond or cashew milk because that’s what I have on hand. You could also use my homemade almond milk, oat milk or hemp milk.
  • Maple syrup. Maple syrup add the perfect sweetness to the recipe. It can substituted with honey, agave or coconut sugar. For sugar-free overnight oats, you can use stevia.
  • Ground flax. Ground flax helps to thicken the recipe and lends to the apple pie flavour. You’ll need 1 tbsp. Chia seeds can be used as an alternative to flax.
  • Orange or lemon zest. The zest is optional but it adds such a nice flavour to this recipe. If you have an orange or lemon on hand, go for it but if not, it’s not a big deal if you leave it out. They’ll still taste amazing.
  • Spices. I added cinnamon, ginger and a tiny pinch of nutmeg. If you have apple pie spice, you can use use that instead. You’ll also need a dash of vanilla extract, pinch of salt, both are optional but enhance the flavour.
  • Optional ingredients. For added flavour, texture and yumminess, you can try adding 1 tbsp of chopped pecans or walnuts and 1 large or 2 small chopped, pitted dates or 1 tbsp of raisins.
  • Optional recipe variation. See below for how to make these overnight protein oats.
Dry ingredients for apple pie overnight oats in a glass jar.
Ground flax, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats and vanilla protein powder ready to be mixed with plant-based milk. This recipe can be made with or without protein powder, see below for the high-protein option!

Overnight Protein Oats Option

To increase the protein in this recipe, try adding your favourite vegan protein powder! Aside from the extra protein, I like how protein powder makes overnight oats extra thick and doughy.

Here’s how to adapt the recipe to make high-protein overnight oats:

  1. Omit the maple syrup. The protein powder will add sweetness, so additional sweetener if not needed.
  2. Add 1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder. I like Vega, North Coast Naturals, Iron Vegan, SunWarrior and Bob’s Red Mill.
  3. Increase the liquid to 1 cup. You may need slightly more or less depending on the protein powder you use as some absorb more liquid than others.

Yogurt Option

To make these oats extra thick and creamy, try using your favourite dairy-free yogurt in this recipe. My favourite is plain or vanilla coconut yogurt but cashew or almond-based yogurts work too.

To use yogurt in the recipe, use 1/3 cup each dairy-free yogurt and plant-based milk, instead of 2/3 cup milk.

How to Prepare the Apple

To make the apple pie-inspired apple for this recipe you’ll 10 minutes, need lemon juice, water and a pinch of cinnamon. Simply simmer the apple in lemon and water with a dash of cinnamon until softened and perfectly apple pie-esque.

Diced apples cooked with cinnamon and lemon.
Diced apple cooked up with lemon juice and cinnamon until soft, sweet and fragrant really adds the “apple pie” to these oats. For a treat, add a drizzle of maple syrup as they cook.
Cooked diced apples in a jar with overnight oats.
Add the cooked apple to your overnight oatmeal mixture and stash in the fridge. In the morning, they’ll be perfectly thick, creamy and delicious so you can wake up and dig right in.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe

To make this healthy breakfast option, mix the overnight oats up in a jar or container then top with the sautéed apple. When you wake up in the morning, say hello to apple pie for breakfast!

How to Serve and Store

These are typically enjoyed cold and can be taken to-go as they’ll be fine out of the fridge for a few hours.

If prepping ahead of time, I recommend eating within 2 days since they contain fresh fruit. You can prep multiple servings of the overnight oats without the apple and store for up to 4 days, adding the cooked apple the night before or morning off, as needed. You can also add the cooked apple in the morning if you want to enjoy it warm.

Glass container of apple pie overnight oats.

If you love apple pie, you’ll love the flavour of these delicious apple pie oats. Prep these in the evening to wake up to this wonderfully cozy and hearty Fall breakfast.

Sweetening Options

I used 2 tsp maple syrup in the non-protein powder version of this recipe. You could probably reduce that to 1 tsp as they do come out fairly sweet…but very delicious…with 2 tsp. Agave or raw honey can be used as a substitute for maple syrup. If you’re using protein powder, there’s no need for additional sweetener, unless you’re using a plain protein.

For sugar-free oats, sweeten with stevia powder, raw stevia leaf or stevia drops, to taste.

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Weck jar filled with apple pie oatmeal.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Soaking
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Love apple pie? You’ll love these apple pie-inspired overnight oats!


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Ingredients

For the Overnight Oats

For the Apple


Instructions

  1. Mix the overnight oats ingredients together in a container until there are no clumps remaining. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the apple ingredients to a light simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the liquid is more or less gone. This should take about 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
  3. Scoop the apples on top of the overnight oats mixture. Let cool for a few minutes then cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, they’ll be ready to enjoy. 

Notes

To make these apple pie protein oats, omit the maple syrup (unless using unsweetened protein), add 1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder and increase the liquid to 1 cup. You can also do a 1/2 scoop of protein, omit the maple syrup and leave the liquid at 2/3 cup. 

They come out fairly sweet with 2 tsp of maple syrup so you could reduce it to 1 tsp for less sugar. For a sugar-free option, sweeten with stevia, to taste.

Keywords: apple overnight oats, healthy, easy