Did anyone else catch a case of the late August blues? After spending four relaxing days with my family in Kansas City, I’m struggling to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. My single source of the fresh, pencil-sharpening, back-to-school energy I knew in elementary school: Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats. Like having dessert for breakfast! @wellplated

As an elementary school student, I looked forward to the end of summer, because it meant the beginning of a new school year. Anything was possible. I had a brand-new Lisa Frank trapper keeper to prove it.

As an adult, the transition between seasons is less defined, but still present. Although I no longer have a first day of school to signal summer’s end, I can sense the arrival of fall. Summer is permissive. In summer, I can eat chips and dip for lunch, ignore my to-do list in favor of watching the sunset, and leave my bed unmade. Fall feels less accepting of these things.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. Perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast! @wellplated

Although I’m not quite ready to embrace the productivity I feel fall demands, fall flavors are already tempting me.

This week, after a long, lazy weekend in Kansas City with my family celebrating my little niece’s first birthday (her reaction to the cake was priceless), I needed these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats to transition me back into real-life mode. As it turns out, waking up just one quick mason-jar shake away from a breakfast as satisfying and delicious as overnight oatmeal is a very powerful thing.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. Tastes like apple pie! @wellplated

If you’ve never tried overnight oats, I am begging you to give this Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal recipe a try. Overnight oats are incredibly filling, packed with super foods, and taste so rich and decadent, you’ll think you are eating an old-fashioned pudding, instead of a wholesome meal.

Here’s the rundown of overnight oatmeal ingredients: uncooked rolled oats (I like rolled for the best, most decadent texture, though quick oats will work too), Greek yogurt (extra protein and maximum richness), flaxseeds (omega-3 power), and Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. I’m once again teaming up with Almond Breeze to share this recipe, because its Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk is my go-to for smoothies, cereals, and my overnight oats too. I love its light, nutty flavor and creamy texture—both are perfect for overnight oats!

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats that taste like apple pie! @wellplated

To make overnight oats, simply layer the ingredients, then let them sit in the refrigerator while you sleep. That’s it. Overnight, the oatmeal softens and thickens into a filling breakfast pudding that will have you leaping out of your bed to enjoy it. I like to put my overnight oats in a mason jar, because the jar is easy to store and makes me feel hipster and cool, but any airtight container (or even a bowl with plastic wrap over the top) will do.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. Healthy and perfect to take to work and school!

Because overnight oats can last up to five days in the refrigerator, I usually make a few jars at once. For less than 10 minutes of prep work, I can have breakfast covered for the week.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. Kid-approved, healthy, and EASY. Tastes like apple pie! @wellplated

You can customize overnight oats to any flavors you love. Today’s recipe is inspired by apple pie. I added warm fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, pure maple syrup, a diced honeycrisp apple, and a handful of toasted walnuts and dried cranberries.

I love the way the creamy oats and yogurt contrast with the crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, and chewy, sweet cranberries. It truly is like apple pie, in healthy overnight oatmeal form!

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. Simple, healthy, and gluten free! @wellplated

Since overnight oats can be made ahead, this recipe is ideal for quick back to school breakfasts. Overnight oats are also portable, so you can easily grab a container on your way out the door. You’ll be the envy of the office when you open the lid and dig in!

Tools I used to make this recipe:

  • Mason jars
  • I didn’t peel my apples, but if you prefer to, this peeler is a good one.
Apple Pie Overnight Oats. Like having dessert for breakfast! @wellplated
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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Yield: 1 jar (or as many as you like!)
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. With lots of warm spices, pure maple syrup, and crisp apples, this easy overnight oatmeal tastes just like apple pie!

Ingredients

For Each Jar:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats gluten free if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tiny pinch ground ginger
  • Tiny pinch ground cloves
  • Tiny pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium apple — cored and diced (peeling optional), any kind you enjoy eating (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal  — or substitute chia seeds
  • Optional toppings: Toasted almonds — or walnuts; dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, or apricots, additional maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar or other individual storage container in the order listed above: oats, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, diced apples, almondmilk, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, and flaxseed. Do not shake. Seal jar and refrigerate overnight (or up to 5 days). You can also layer the ingredients in a bowl, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  2. When ready to eat, shake the jar to combine the ingredients or empty the contents of the container into a serving bowl and stir to combine. Add a little more Greek yogurt or almondmilk if a thicker/thinner consistency is desired. Add any desired toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store overnight oats in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 jar (without additional toppings)) — Calories: 299, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 204mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 19g, Protein: 17g

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