High in protein and fiber, these apple cinnamon overnight oats will make you question ever buying prepackaged apple cinnamon oatmeal again. Overnight oats can easily become part of your, or your kids, breakfast routine.
Overnight oats are super easy to make them the night before and simply add your choice of protein in the morning (talk about quick and easy!). The protein powder is of course optional, but I encourage you to add it! Protein helps make this a balanced meal and will keep you full longer.
Before I hit the grocery store, I always try to take inventory of my kitchen so I don't end up buying things I already have. Last night, I saw a very sad looking apple in my fruit basket that was a little past it's prime. Since I don't like wasting produce, especially granny smith apples, I did what any apple oatmeal loving person would do! I cut the apple up, sprinkled it with cinnamon and viola – the beginnings of my apple cinnamon overnight oats.
I try to get protein in every meal, even in my oats! It helps keep you satisfied longer than just plain oatmeal would. For this recipe I added vanilla protein powder, but you could add any flavor protein of your choosing. If you're not a fan of flavored protein you can even add unflavored pea protein. If you go the unflavored route you will likely need to add another packet of stevia and sprinkle a bit more cinnamon than listed in the recipe below.
My mornings are crazy, so I am a big fan of anything I can make the night before that doesn't require a lot of prep time or turning on the stove or oven heating up my kitchen! Overnight oats are the best for that and they get better as they sit overnight in the fridge. I would wait to add the protein powder until the next morning, as some brands tend to get grainy if they sit overnight.
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I hope you enjoy this apple cinnamon overnight oats as much as I did. It was the perfect way to start my day next to a big cup of coffee.
See how easy it is to make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats in this video. If you love overnight oats, be sure to check out this Almond Joy Overnight Oats!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- In a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 of the apple that has been peeled and cut up. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and about 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high for 1:30-2:00 to soften the apple. Be careful, this will be hot.
- In a container with a lid (I like to use a mason jar), add the oats, chia, and remaining cinnamon. Add water and stir quickly, as chia will lump together if you don't. Let stand 2-3 minutes. Add the hot apple mixture and stir well.
- Add the almond milk to this and stir again before placing in the fridge overnight. Refrigerate covered.
- In the morning, mix in 1 scoop of protein powder and stir. Add any mix-in's you like. I like to add chopped pecans to this but walnuts would also be delicious!
- Note: I made two batches of this at once so that I could use the entire granny smith apple. I encourage you to do the same. Just please do not add the protein powder to the mixture until the morning you are going to enjoy these overnight oats, as the protein powder may get grainy! Alternatively, you could easily add the entire apple to this serving of overnight oats. This would just change the calorie content.
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Just a quick note: I made two batches of this at once so that I could use the entire granny smith apple. I encourage you to do the same. Again, do not add the protein powder to the mixture until the morning you are going to enjoy these apple cinnamon overnight oats, as the protein powder may get grainy! You could easily add the entire apple to this serving of apple cinnamon overnight oats. This would just change the calorie content.
The apple compote could also be enjoyed over greek yogurt with chopped pecans or over pancakes (hey a girl can dream). If you decide to go this route, you may want make compote out of the remaining fresh apple as well, because this stuff is GOOD! You may also decide that your compote needs a packet of stevia if it will be a topper for yogurt or pancakes. The apple compote will keep a few days in the fridge in a covered container.