Apple Pie Overnight Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts. Old fashioned oats are spiced with all the flavors you’d find in apple pie, then topped with ooey-gooey apple pie filling and sweet, creamy yogurt. This delicious breakfast is built in individual mason jars, stored in the fridge, and are perfect for an easy grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings (plus, mason jars fit perfectly in cup holders in the car!) Make this recipe once, and have breakfast for the week.
What exactly does “Overnight Oats” mean?
So typically, “overnight oats” refer to oats that aren’t cooked; instead, they steep in milk. As the oats absorb the milk, they plump up and essentially “cook.”
Whenever I make apple pie overnight oats, I typically make a huge batch (at least six servings). It takes the same amount of time to prep one jar of oats as it does to prep 12. (By the way, if you want to prep less (or more) of these oats, you can slide that handy serving toggle on the recipe card all the way over until you hit the number of servings you are looking to make).
If you plan on eating one serving right away, you should cook the oats for that serving. That’s easy. That just means you can pop that one mason jar into the microwave for 1:30-2 minutes to cook the oats before you add the other ingredients.
Otherwise, if you are prepping six jars, just follow this recipe to a “T” and you’ll have breakfast for the week!
Frequently asked questions about Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Do you heat these up before eating? I do not. But that’s because they have yogurt in them, and I can’t really picture eating warm yogurt. But this is totally up to you. I usually eat them room temperature. Basically, I pull a serving out of the fridge a couple of hours before I plan on eating it. I feel that eating these at room temperature allows you to taste the flavors really well.
- Where do you get the mason jars? What size are they? The mason jars I use for these oats are 12 oz in size, and have little handles on the side. I absolutely love them, and you’ll never guess where I got them from… Dollar Tree! Warning: they do not come with lids. But any standard mason jar lid fits right on top, so they’re perfect for this type of thing.
- How long do they last in the fridge? These last for a week in the fridge.
- Do you mix everything together, or take a little of each ingredient in each spoonful? Either way it’s delicious!
- Do you taste the yogurt? Yes, you can taste the yogurt. However, the sweetness of the fruit and the spices that I use do mask the tangy flavor of the yogurt. So if that’s your issue, I encourage you to give this a try.
- Why do you add yogurt? Plain and simple, I oats and fruit on their own don’t do it for me, they don’t fill me up. I wanted a more filling and nutritious option for breakfast.
What I use to make Apple Pie Overnight Oats
The ingredients for these oats are broken down into three categories, and we need ingredients for each of them:
- the apple pie filling
- the oat layer
- the yogurt layer
The apple pie filling requires the following ingredients:
- 3-4 apples (yields 4 cups when diced)
- vanilla extract
The oat layer requires the following ingredients:
- old fashioned (or quick-cooking) oats
- cashew, almond or skim milk
- Tasty Shake Mixin’s
- if you don’t have this ingredient, or can’t find it, substitute 1/2 tsp of cinnamon sugar per serving. You can also add any other flavoring you wish, such as maple syrup
The yogurt later requires the following ingredients:
- plain non fat Greek yogurt
- cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick)
How to make the Ooey-Gooey Apple Pie Filling
This is the only part of this recipe that requires any cooking! But I promise you, it’s so simple and quick. And it’s also really worth the extra flavor it gives this dish!
First, start out with 3-4 apples. Start with 3, and see where it gets you. I recommend using a sweet variety like Gala or Honeycrisp for this. Those are my favorite types of apples.
Anyway, peel the apples, remove the core, and dice them. Do this until you get 4 cups total.
Put a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the apples, along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, corn starch, vanilla, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Stir everything together to make sure the apples are coated in spices. Then add the water and stir.
Let the apples cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. As they cook, the cornstarch and the water will combine with the spices to create that famous ooey-gooey apple pie filling. Once they are done, set them aside to cool while we prepare the other ingredients.
This is what the apples will look like when they are done. Can you even?!
These apples are also great with just yogurt for a delicious snack or dessert!
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- frying pan
- mixing bowls
- mason jars or other storage containers for 6 servings
Apple Pie Filling
- 4 cups apples, peeled, diced, approximately 3-4 apples
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups old fashioned oats, or quick-cooking
- 3 cups unsweetened cashew milk, or almond milk, or skim milk
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp apple cinnamon Tasty Shake Mixin's, you can omit this, or sub in a different flavoring of choice, such as Maple Syrup
- 3 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 3 tsp cinnamon sugar
Apple pie filling
- Peel, core, and dice the apples.
- Add the diced apples to a large frying pan with the cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, corn starch, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
- Stir to coat the apples with the spices, and then add the water.
- Cook the apple mixture for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- The apples should be tender, but still have a bite. The sauce should thicken, similar to apple pie filling.
- Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- To each mason jar or serving container, add 1/3 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of the Tasty Shakes mixin's (or flavoring of your choice).
- Stir to combine.
Yogurt Layer and Assembly
- Add 1/4 cup of the cooked apples on top of the Oatmeal Layer of each jar.
- In a large bowl, combine the yogurt with the cinnamon and cinnamon sugar.
- Add 1/2 cup of the yogurt mixture to each mason jar.
- Add another 1/4 cup of the apple filling on top of the yogurt layer in each jar.
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