Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats will make you want to roll outta’ bed! This healthy breakfast recipe is made with fresh apples, gluten-free oats, and almond milk, is refined sugar-free and vegan, and tastes like you’re eating apple pie.
There are two types of people in this world… Those that hop out of bed and love to enjoy the early AM hours, and those that like to snooze until the last minute and grab their pre-made jar of apple cinnamon overnight oats from the refrigerator.
I am the first type of person and my husband is definitely the latter.
Cohl has four different offices in which he works and one of those is in San Antonio. Twice a month he wakes up and is out of the house before the sun even begins to rise.
Call it the maternal side of me, but I just can’t bear the thought of him driving the entire 1-1/2 hours without some breakfast to enjoy.
Overnight oats have become our go-to breakfast for Cohl on those busy mornings.
This particular recipe takes a little bit more time than the others on the site, but it is totally worth it!!
The process of sauteeing the apples in the maple syrup and cinnamon will make your house smell like the most amazing Fall candle you have ever smelled. (It even tops my Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candle from Bath & Body Works that I am OBSESSED with.)
How Can You Evolve these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats?
These Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats are already gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan. However, if you would like to make them just a tad healthier, you can try these changes:
- Decrease the amount of maple syrup in the oats or substitute for Stevia. <– Decreases overall sugar!
- Use reduced sugar or no-sugar-added almond milk. <– I love using AlmondBreeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
- Use coconut oil instead of butter in the apples. <– Virgin/unrefined coconut oil is best.
- Add a tablespoon or two of chia seeds to each serving. <– Extra fiber and omega-3s!
- Swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds. <– Walnuts have more omega-3s and almonds have more protein per ounce than pecans.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats are made with fresh apples, gluten-free oats, and almond milk, are refined sugar-free and vegan, and taste like you're eating apple pie for breakfast!
- 3 Tbsp. pecans toasted
For the Toasted Pecans:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Toast pecans for 4-6 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
For the Cinnamon Apples:
- In a medium skillet add apples, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and butter or oil. Saute for 5-7 minutes over medium heat, or until apples begin to soften.
- Add lemon juice and cinnamon. Stir to coat apples and continue cooking over medium heat for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat until ready to use.
For the Overnight Oats:
- In a medium-sized bowl combine oats, milk, sweetener (honey, maple or agave), cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Divide oats evenly between three 10-12 ounce mason jars or serving cups.
Divide apples evenly between the jars.
- Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes or overnight. Serve cold or heat up in microwave for 45-60 seconds. Top with toasted pecans and enjoy!
If you would like to make these oats just a tad healthier, you can try these changes:
- Decrease the amount of maple syrup or sweetener in the oats or substitute for Stevia. <-- Decreases overall sugar!
- Use reduced sugar or no sugar-added almond milk. <-- I love using AlmondBreeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
- Use coconut oil instead of butter in the apples. <-- Virgin/unrefined coconut oil is best.
- Add a tablespoon or two of chia seeds to each serving. <-- Extra fiber and omega-3s!
- Swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds. <-- Walnuts have more omega-3s and almonds have more protein per ounce than pecans.