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.
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.