These overnight oats are an easy and delicious way to start the day. A combination of oats, unsweetened applesauce, yogurt and milk – so good!
The great thing about a recipe like this is it’s super flexible and highly interchangeable. Want more apple flavor – add more applesauce. Want it thicker – add more oats. Want it thinner – add more milk. Want a different flavor entirely – change the applesauce for any pureed fruit or veggie (pumpkin or sweet potato puree). Want it sweeter – add more honey. See?! Adjust to suit your personal preference.
Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
A healthy, tasty make ahead breakfast that's easy to take along to work or school. A delicious and filling apple pie flavor.
- 1/3 cup large flake oats
- 1/2 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/8 tsp pie spice or cinnamon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 tsp honey optional
- Mix oats, flax seed and pie spice or cinnamon in jar.
- Add milk, yogurt and apple sauce. Mix well.
- Taste and add honey if desired.
- Place in refrigerator overnight.
- Eat chilled or warmed (heat in microwave or on stove top). Add more milk if too thick.
- Store refrigerated for up to 2 days.
- Makes: 1 jam jar (250 ml)
This fills a jam jar to the top!
What Do Kids Think
I tested this recipe with 16 Grade 6 students in a workshop on healthy snacks and lunches. Those who were not opposed to the texture or to apple pie, like it. Some of their comments include:
“It looks kinda gross, but it’s actually good.”
” Yum, it tastes a lot like apple pie.”
“Sweet!” (Pre-teen speak for this is good.)
“I don’t like the texture.”
“I don’t like apple pie.” (first time I’ve ever heard that!!)
They didn’t seem to mind that I used plain yogurt and minimal honey. I consider that a huge win when I compare the half teaspoon of honey (2.5 grams of sugar) with the 18 grams of sugar in a small 6oz container of fruit yogurt (Yoplait Original Strawberry).
Maybe those who don’t like apple pie would prefer Rhubarb Overnight Oats?
What about the texture?
This is not a recipe for anyone sensitive to texture. Don’t force it! There’s definitely a lot going on in the mouth when eating these oats. You either love it or hate it. The oats soak up the moisture from the milk, yogurt and applesauce which makes them soften, but you can still feel the oat flakes in between the creamy texture of the other ingredients.
For my texture sensitive boy, I’m much better off giving him a mix of yogurt, applesauce, cinnamon and a bit of honey.
Finally, just a warning – if you’re mixing this directly into a jam jar – your jar will be filled to the top! Things got a little messy when I made this batch with camera in hand!
Have you tried overnight oats? What’s your favorite flavor? I’ve got a batch of stewed rhubarb overnight oats in the fridge for tomorrow! Can’t wait to try it.
Getty Stewart is an engaging speaker and writer providing tasty recipes, time-saving tips, and helpful kitchen ideas to make home cooking easy and enjoyable. She is a Professional Home Economist, author of Manitoba’s best-selling Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Founder of Fruit Share, mom and veggie gardener.