This Apple Overnight Oats recipe is a healthy breakfast that you can make ahead of time for busy mornings. A delicious and nutritious start to the day.
What’s to Love About Apple Overnight Oats
- CONVENIENCE: Perfect for busy mornings. Everything is done in advance and breakfast is ready to be served when you get up.
- NUTRITIOUS: A dense source of good carbohydrates and minerals. Oats also has more protein than many other grains and is a good source of iron and zinc
- DELICIOUS: The added apple, cinnamon and ginger make this breakfast taste like apple pie!
- CUSTOMISABLE: You can make a batch of the base recipe and customise the add-ins to suit taste / what you have available.
- ALLERGY FRIENDLY: This recipe is easily adapted to suit dietary requirements Gluten Free – Use gluten-free oats Dairy Free – Use a plant-based milk
- Rolled / Old Fashioned Oats result in the best consistency. Quick oats are better for a shorter soaking time and steel-cut oats should be soaked longer.
- Chia Seeds are optional, they provide extra nutrition and also make the overnight super creamy and pudding-like.
- Cinnamon & Ginger adds sweetness and flavour, giving the oats an apple pie like flavour.
- Grated Apple adds sweetness, grating allows you to get a taste of apple in every bite. If you prefer, you can dice the apple (not suitable if making for a baby) or use apple puree/ sauce.
- Milk – use your preferred milk.
- Yogurt adds extra protein and creaminess. Use a dairy or plant-based yogurt.
Process Shots and Cooking Tips
To prepare apple overnight oats you simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl/jar, cover and refrigerate them overnight.
If making in an jar, mix the dry ingredients first (image 1), add the grated apple and a little milk and stir again (image 2). Finally, stir in the milk and yogurt. This makes sure the ingredients are properly combined.
The oats and chia seeds soak up the milk and soften overnight. If you find the mixture on the thick side you can add more milk to achieve desired consistency.
If you wish to batch prepare larger portions of this recipe, it is best not to add the grated apple until the night before. The recipe, minus the apple, can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Overnight oats are typically served chilled, straight from the refrigerator. If you prefer, you can heat the oats up in the morning. Heat them in the microwave, in a microwavable container, for around 60 seconds (or until piping hot), stirring frequently. Alternatively, transfer to a small saucepan and heat on the stove until piping hot. Allow cooling before serving to baby/ young child.
Yes, the oats are soft but textured so they are a good step up from pureed baby food. If you want a smoother texture you can blend or use ground oats or quick oats. Grate the apple or use apple puree rather than chopping, to prevent choking.
Yes, but like many recipes, the nutritional content can vary considerably depending on the recipe. (The type of milk used, add-ins /toppings you choose to include and any sweeteners used.)
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Apple Overnight Oats
- ⅓ cup (40g) Rolled Oats
- ½ tbsp Chia Seeds
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Dried ginger
- ½ Apple grated
- ½ cup Milk
- ¼ cup Greek yoghurt
- Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon to a glass jar / Tupperware container / bowl and stir to combine.
- Add the grated apple and a splash of the milk. Stir to fully combine
- Add the remaining milk & yogurt, stir, cover and refrigerate overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours)
- Uncover and enjoy from the container/bowl the next day. Thin with a little more milk if desired and add toppings of choice.