Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats makes for a deliciously simple breakfast that will make your mornings so easy! Simply set the mixed ingredients into the fridge before bed, and wake up to a healthy breakfast that’s already prepared. These overnight oats can also be gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly!
Healthy Breakfast Idea
I’m sure you can tell by my other overnight oat recipes, Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, that my family is a fan of this simple breakfast. Overnight oats are easily prepared the night before, set in the fridge and enjoyed the next morning. This makes them the PERFECT breakfast for a busy family or individual that will keep you full until your next meal.
Another thing I love about overnight oats is the ability to customize. There are many different flavor combinations that you can experiment with these oats. I’ll share some add-in ideas for this apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe in a section below so be sure to check that out. As always, if you make this recipe or add customizations of your own, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Ingredients
Rolled Oats: We use certified gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats in our overnight oats. I recommend using old-fashioned rolled oats over steel cut or instant because the texture is the best.
Milk: You can use whatever milk you have on hand but I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Other non-dairy milks that I love include oat milk or cashew milk.
Apple: Any of your favorite apple varieties will work here. The recipe calls for about ½ cup of apple so that is about the size of a small-medium apple.
Vanilla Extract: Just a splash of vanilla flavoring will go a long way.
Maple Syrup: Feel free to adjust the amount of maple syrup depending on your preference. You can also use honey as the sweetener instead.
Ground Cinnamon: It wouldn’t be apple cinnamon overnight oats without the ground cinnamon!
Ground Cloves: The perfect compliment to cinnamon in any apple dish is ground cloves. You probably have this in your pantry already.
Salt: Just a pinch of salt for more depth of flavor.
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Step1: (Optional) Soften the apples: Place the chopped apples in a microwave-safe bowl with a little bit of water. Heat for about 30 seconds or until the apples have softened a bit. Alternatively, you don’t need to soften the apples if you want the apples to be crunchy.
Step 2: Mix together: Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl, including the apples. Mix together and cover. You can also use large or individual sized mason jars for this.
Refrigerate: Place in the refrigerator overnight.Step 3: Serve: When ready to eat, add desired toppings or extra milk. Enjoy!
Additional Add-ins or Toppings
This apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe is delicious just how it is but there are opportunities to jazz it up to your liking! Here are a few suggestions or ideas:
Nuts: Chopped nuts are a great addition to overnight oats. I would suggest adding chopped walnuts, pecans, or even almonds.
Seeds: Chia seeds or hemp seeds are commonly added to overnight oats. Just stir them in the mixture before setting in the fridge to let them soak overnight in the oats.
Dried Fruit: Try topping your apple cinnamon overnight oats with dried cranberries or raisins for additional flavor.
Yogurt: Some people like to replace some of the milk in the overnight oat mixture with vanilla or plain yogurt. I also like the idea of topping the apple cinnamon overnight oats with vanilla coconut yogurt. Try it out!
Are oats gluten free?
Yes some are, but make sure to check the label on your oats and only buy certified gluten free oats if necessary. I know the grocery store oats aisle can get confusing sometimes but make sure it says gluten free on the packaging. If you can’t find gluten free rolled oats at the grocery store, Amazon is also a great resource.
Tips for storage and meal prep
Overnight oats are the epitome of make ahead breakfasts. A great way to make breakfast for the week is to double the batch and section out individual servings in small mason jars. Set those covered mason jars in the fridge and have breakfast ready for you every day of the week.
Alternatively, you can just keep the whole batch of overnight oats in one large covered container in the fridge. Each morning, just scoop out your individual portion into a bowl or container. Then serve with your desired toppings.
How To Store
Overnight oats can keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.
More oat breakfast recipes:
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Strawberry Almond Baked Oatmeal
- Raspberry Orange Scones
- How To Make Baby Oatmeal
- Healthy Oatmeal Toddler Breakfast Cookies
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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- ¾ cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 medium apple (about ½ cup) cored and chopped
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1-½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- (Optional) Soften the apples: Place the chopped apples in a microwave-safe bowl with a little bit of water. Heat for about 30 seconds or until the apples have softened a bit. Alternatively, you don’t need to soften the apples if you want the apples to be crunchy.
- Mix together: Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl, including the apples. Mix together and cover. You can also use large or individual sized mason jars for this.
- Refrigerate: Place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Serve: When ready to serve, add desired toppings and enjoy!