These Apple Pie Overnight Oats are made with a wholesome blend of gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and aromatic apple pie spices, topped with sautéed apples, and a drizzle of almond butter. This delicious breakfast that’s both nourishing and satisfying is the perfect way to start your day!
Updated October 2023
Delicious Apple Pie Overnight Oats: A Nutritious Breakfast Delight
Looking for a wholesome and scrumptious breakfast that’s both satisfying and nutritious? That’s where these Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe comes to the rescue! This delightful meal combines the cozy flavors of apple pie with the convenience of overnight oats, making it a perfect choice for a busy morning.
Plus, it comes together quickly the night before in less than 5 minutes so it’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast. And it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly and can be easily customized to suit your dietary preferences. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover why each ingredient is used.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats: These oats are the star of our recipe. They provide a hearty base for our overnight oats and are loaded with fiber, keeping you full until lunchtime.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds add thickness and a delightful texture to our oats. They’re also packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, making them a superfood addition.
- Maple Syrup: This natural sweetener brings a touch of sweetness to our oats. It’s used sparingly to keep the dish healthy and balanced. Feel free to use your favorite sweetener of choice such as sugar-free maple syrup, vegan honey, agave, allulose, yacon syrup etc.
- Apple Pie Spice: The blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom (or your preferred spice combo) infuses our oats with that classic apple pie flavor we all adore. Feel free to make your own Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix or buy one premade in the store. If you don’t have this spice, ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice works too.
- Plant-Based Protein Powder (Optional): For those looking to up their protein intake, adding plant-based protein powder is a great choice. It’s an optional addition, but it can make this breakfast even more satisfying.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk: Almond milk adds creaminess to our oats without the need for dairy. It’s a fantastic alternative for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.
- Sautéed Apples: To take our Apple Pie Overnight Oats to the next level, we sauté fresh apples in coconut oil with maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. This step brings a warm and comforting touch to the dish.
- Optional Toppings: We love to top our oats with pecans for a delightful crunch, drippy almond butter (or your preferred nut or seed butter) for extra creaminess, and an extra drizzle of maple syrup for sweetness. You can also add dairy-free yogurt for a cool contrast.
Instructions: How to make Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Combine Ingredients: In a jar or bowl, mix together gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, apple pie spice, and almond milk. Whisk until well combined.
- Refrigerate: Cover the jar or bowl and place it in the fridge. Let it sit overnight or for at least 4 hours. This allows the oats and chia seeds to absorb the liquid and soften.
- Sauté Apples: In a nonstick pan, sauté chopped apples in coconut oil with maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Cook until the apples are tender and soft, which takes about 8-10 minutes.
- Optional Toasted Pecans: If desired, toast pecans in a dry pan until they become fragrant. This step adds a delightful crunch to your oats.
- Serve: Remove the oats from the fridge and top them with the sautéed apples, toasted pecans, drippy almond butter, and an extra drizzle of maple syrup.
Tips for Success:
- Be sure to use rolled oats, not quick oats, for the best texture in your overnight oats.
- Experiment with different spice combinations to find your perfect apple pie flavor.
- If you’re using protein powder, mix it well with the other ingredients to avoid clumps.
Serve your apple pie overnight oatmeal straight from the fridge for a refreshing breakfast. The sautéed apples and optional toppings add layers of flavor and texture. It’s a complete meal in a jar!
- Milk: Swap out the almond milk for your favorite milk alternative, such as soy, oat, or coconut milk.
- Mix-ins: Add a handful of raisins or dried cranberries for extra sweetness.
- Fruits: For a different twist, try using different fruits like pears or berries like our Strawberry Overnight Oats or Blueberry Overnight Oats.
- Pumpkin: Add some pumpkin to make Pumpkin Overnight Oats.
- No Grains: Need a grain-free or lower carb option? Check out our Keto Overnight Oats.
Feel free to customize this apple pie oatmeal recipe to fit your dietary needs. You can replace ingredients with suitable alternatives:
- Use vegan honey (regular) or agave syrup instead of maple syrup.
- Opt for your preferred plant-based protein powder or omit it altogether.
- Swap coconut oil for another cooking oil for sautéing the apples.
With these substitutions, you can make these oats perfect for your unique tastes and dietary requirements.
Storage and Freezer Instructions:
These Apple Pie Overnight Oats can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. They’re not suitable for freezing due to the texture change that occurs with oats when frozen.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
1. Can I use regular oats instead of gluten-free oats?
- Yes, you can use regular rolled oats if you don’t have gluten sensitivities or allergies. They will work just as well in this recipe.
2. Is the protein powder necessary?
- No, the protein powder is optional. It’s included for those who want to increase their protein intake. You can omit it if you prefer or use your preferred protein powder.
3. Can I use a different sweetener than maple syrup?
- Absolutely! Honey, agave syrup, or any sticky liquid sweetener of your choice can be used as a substitute for maple syrup.
4. How long can I store the prepared overnight oats?
- You can store prepared overnight oats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. They’re perfect for meal prep.
5. Can I freeze these overnight oats?
- We don’t recommend freezing these oats because freezing can alter the texture of the oats. It’s best to enjoy them fresh from the fridge.
6. Are there any other fruit options besides apples?
- Yes, you can experiment with other fruits like pears, berries, or even mashed bananas for a different flavor twist.
7. Can I use a different type of nut or seed butter?
- Certainly! Feel free to use your preferred nut or seed butter if almond butter isn’t your favorite.
Enjoy your Apple Pie Overnight Oats, and don’t hesitate to customize them to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. This versatile recipe can be a delicious and nutritious start to your day!
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These Apple Pie Overnight Oats are made with a wholesome blend of gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and aromatic apple pie spices, topped with sautéed apples, and a drizzle of almond butter. This delicious breakfast that's both nourishing and satisfying is the perfect way to start your day!
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup , feel free to use your favorite sweetener of choice such as sugar-free maple syrup, honey, agave, allulose, yacaon syrup etc.
- 1 tsp apple pie spice , or make your own mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cardamom or your favorite spice combo. Feel free to just use cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if preferred or you don't have any other spices.
- 2 tbsp plant-based protein powder , optional for added protein. We like Sprout Living Unflavored Epic Protein
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk or preferred milk
- ½ cup pecans
- 2 tbsp drippy almond butter or preferred nut or seed butter
- maple syrup
- dairy-free Greek-style yogurt , we like Culina, Yoggu or Cocojune.
- Add the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, apple pie spice and milk in a jar (or a bowl) and whisk to combine. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- For the sautéed apples, peel and chop apples into chunks. Heat coconut oil in a nonstick pan on medium heat. Add the apples, maple syrup and cinnamon and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender and soft.
- Optional - toast the pecans in a dry pan for a few minutes until fragrant.
- Remove the oats from the fridge and serve and top with apples, chopped pecans, almond butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.