This easy and healthy recipe for apple cinnamon overnight oats will be your new go-to breakfast for busy mornings!
If there is one thing that helps get your day started off on the right foot, it’s having a good healthy breakfast that is delicious AND ready to eat!
My son’s love language is breakfast ready for him on the counter when he wakes up (same haha!). He lovingly nicknamed this recipe “Goodnight” oats. I love that the whole family loves this easy and healthy breakfast! Hip hip hooray for goodnight oats!
This post is all about how to make easy and healthy apple cinnamon overnight oats!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Your New Favourite Breakfast
Here are my top reasons why these overnight oats will be your new favourite breakfast!
- If you think about it, these apple cinnamon overnight oats are basically the breakfast version of apple crumble (you’re welcome!).
- It is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! Take 5 minutes the night before to wake up to breakfast made!
- Oats make a very filling breakfast because of its high fibre content. This makes it perfect for growing kids and parents on-the-go!
- This recipe can be easily customized to taste and dietary preference.
What You Will Need
It’s simple! All you will need is a large glass container with a lid, measuring spoons/cups, a mixing spoon and all of your ingredients.
Once you have created your mixture in your glass container, put the lid on and keep it in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, I can guarantee you will be thanking last night you!
Types Of Apples
You really can’t go wrong with what apple you choose for this recipe. Each apple will give the overnight oats it’s own unique taste. Here is a list of the most popular apples and the flavour you can expect from them.
Granny smith apples are green, crisp and tart! They are known to be a great cooking apple. Add granny smith apples to your overnight oats if you prefer your overnight oats to have a bit of a sour kick!
Yellow orangey skin with red highlights, the gala apple is an all-around great apple choice. It is sweet without being overbearing. Add gala apples to your overnight oats for a great overall balance of flavour!
Known as one of the sweeter apples, ambrosia has a honey-like flavour. These apples taste just as great raw as they do baked! Add ambrosia apples to your overnight oats if you want to kick up the sweetness!
Empire apples are sweet, tart, crisp and crunchy all at the same time! It’s no wonder they are one of the most enjoyed apple! Just like gala, empire apples paired with overnight oats will create a delicious overall flavour!
Deep red mcintosh apples are good for eating raw and for cooking. When baked, mcintosh apples break down quick. This is great if you want your apples to be cooked before adding them to your overnight oats. McIntosh apples will cook down fast so you can eat sooner!
Fruity notes, subtly tart, juicy and sweet as can be! Honeycrisp apples would make a wonderful addition to your overnight oats! Together with the maple syrup, honeycrisp apples with add additional sweetness!
If golden delicious were to be a drink, it would be a cider. It has a spiced sweet-like-honey flavour. Golden delicious apples are sure to add a delicious and subtly sweet and spicy taste to your overnight oats.
If you are looking to make your overnight oats super sweet, fuji apples will help make that happen. Crisp, juicy and sugary-sweet! I don’t know a little one who wouldn’t love the extra taste of sweetness fuji provides!
Best Type Of Oats
The best type of oats for this recipe are old-fashioned rolled oats (or large flake oats). Old-fashioned rolled oats give a creamy texture after absorbing the liquid (which is what we want!).
Instant oats will absorb too much liquid, leaving your oats tasting mushy. Steel-cut oats will not absorb the milk as quickly, therefore it will be chewier and harder to eat.
Tips For Making Overnight Oats
- One cup of oats to one cup of liquid (1:1) will give you a creamy yet still slightly chewy texture. If you like your oats a little softer, add more liquid. Feel free to experiment to find what you like best! Try to keep your ratio under 1:2 to avoid making your oats mushy.
- Add your fresh fruit in the morning to avoid adding extra liquid to your overnight oats as everything soaks together.
- Chia seeds need time to absorb the liquid, be sure to add them to your overnight mixture. Chia seeds are a great addition to your overnight oats boasting many health benefits!
- Salt is an important part of this recipe. Don’t forgo (even if if it feels weird to add it). The salt is going to bring out all of the flavours, not make it salty!
- Before eating your overnight oats, give the mixture a good stir to make sure all of the flavours are distributed evenly.
- Don’t forget to peel your apples and dice them into nice bite-sized pieces before eating!
Ways To Modify Your Apple Cinnamon Oats
Here are some ways to switch up this recipe!
- I usually eat my overnight oats cold, but you could eat it warm to change it up!
- When I eat my overnight oats cold, I just add my chopped raw apples right on top. If you are looking to eat your overnight oats warm, try warming up your apples at the same time!
- If you are looking to add additional crunch to your overnight oats, try chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds. You could also add a simple nut-free toasted granola on top (if you are avoiding nut products!).
- Swap out the almond milk in this recipe for another milk of choice. Some alternatives include: regular milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or oat milk. I personally love vanilla oat milk as a nut-free alternative.
- If you choose to substitute to a non-vanilla flavoured milk, consider adding 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract. The vanilla flavour definitely helps bring this recipe together.
- If you want to increase the vanilla flavour in this recipe even more, add 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Keep?
Overnight oats keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. This would be a great breakfast to meal-prep on a Sunday night so that it is ready for the weekdays!
These oats don’t last us 5 days because they get gobbled up quickly! Good thing they are so easy to make again and again!
Your Recipe For Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- 2 cups oats rolled/large flake
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 apples peeled and diced
- Combine oats, almond milk, maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt in a glass container. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Peel apples and dice them into small bite-sized pieces.
- Stir overnight oats and add diced apples.
- Serve with extra cinnamon and maple syrup on top!
Wasn’t that easy? Sign me up for all the apple cinnamon overnight oats!
Not only does this recipe make busy weekday mornings easier, overnight oats make happy (and full!) kids. Talk about a win-win!
Looking for another breakfast idea (that also seems too good to be breakfast)? Check out this simply delicious banana chocolate chip snack cake!
Here’s to starting off your morning juuuust right!