Apple Pie Overnight Oats
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.
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.
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:
- Omit the maple syrup. The protein powder will add sweetness, so additional sweetener if not needed.
- Add 1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder. I like Vega, North Coast Naturals, Iron Vegan, SunWarrior and Bob’s Red Mill.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
Loving these apple pie oats? You might like these too:
- Banana Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats
- Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oats
- Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats
For the Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp lemon or orange zest
- 1 tsp apple pie spice or 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- scant 2/3 cup plant-based milk of choice
- optional: 1 tbsp raisins and/or walnuts
For the Apple
- Mix the overnight oats ingredients together in a container until there are no clumps remaining. Set aside.
- 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.
- Scoop the apples on top of the overnight oats mixture. Let cool for a few minutes then cover and place in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, they’ll be ready to enjoy.
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.
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