High in protein and fiber, these 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. You can make them the night before and add the protein in the morning (talk about quick and easy). The protein powder is of course optional, but I encourage you to add it, as it helps make this a balanced meal.
Before I hit the grocery store, I 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. I don’t like wasting produce, especially granny smith apples! So I did what any apple oatmeal loving person would do – I cut it 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, or
even 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 below.
I am a big fan of anything I can make the night before that doesn’t require a lot of prep time or 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 really get grainy if they sit overnight.
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did. It was the perfect way to start my day, including a big cup of coffee.
- ½ granny smith apple, peeled and chopped, divided
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1-2 packets of stevia or 2-3 drops of french vanilla stevia
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- ¾ cups of hot water
- ¼ cup almond coconut milk
- 1 scoops protein powder (I'm using SunWarrior Vanilla)
- In a microwave safe bowl, add ½ 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. Be careful, this will be hot! I am only microwaving ½ of the apple because I like the crunch from the fresh apple but also enjoy having some apples cooked down into this soft apple cinnamon compote.
- In a container with a lid (I like to use a mason jar), add the oats, chia, stevia and remaining cinnamon. Add hot water and stir quickly, as chia will lump together if you don't. Let stand 2-3 minutes.
- Add ½ of the hot apple mixture and ½ of the remaining fresh apple mixture to this and stir. There will only be ½ of an apple in this recipe. See note below for ideas on your leftover apple.
- Add the almond milk to this and stir again before placing in the fridge overnight. Refrigerate covered.
- In the morning or before eating, mix in 1 scoop of protein powder and stir. Add any mix-in's you like. I like to add chopped pecans, 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. Again, 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! You could easily add the entire apple to this serving of 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.