All the delicious flavours of an apple pie in a healthy, nutritious breakfast, these Apple Pie Overnight Oats are super easy to make and only take 5 minutes – perfect for a busy morning!
One of my favourite things to do with food is to mix and match and create new and exciting recipes by smooshing together old favourites…like crossing curry with shepherd’s pie to create my Curried Shepherd’s Pie, or mixing slow cooked beef stew with chilli con carne to create a my Slow Cooked Chilli Beef.
And that is exactly what I have done here: I have taken one of my favourite desserts – good old apple pie, and crossed it with a lovely, easy, healthy breakfast – overnight oats (AKA bircher muesli) and hey presto a super easy, super delicious, nutritious breakfast with all the flavours of apple pie!
It also just so happens to be gluten free (so long as you use gluten free oats) AND dairy free, if you choose to use almond milk, as I did. (But you can make this with regular cow’s milk too if you want to – I’ve tried it both ways and it tastes great either way.)
This recipe is also refined sugar free – with the sweetness coming from the natural sugars in the milk and apples. Also, adding a touch of cinnamon makes this recipe taste sweeter than it really is. Making this breakfast sooo much better for you than the standard sugary processed cereal you get in a box…but hardly any more effort and much more tasty!
And this recipe really will keep you fuller for longer – this easy breakfast kept me going for hours!!
If you really must add a touch of extra sweetness to this, then I suggest adding a little drizzle of maple syrup, which would work well with the apples and pecans…but personally I don’t need it in this recipe!
The chia seeds aren’t 100% essential to this recipe…if you don’t want to use them, you can just leave them out, but I have included them as they make the overnight oats extra creamy and add extra goodness too.
The thing I love about overnight oats is they are so easy to adapt to your own personal preferences – you could, for example, use a different kind of nut or seed in this recipe – walnuts would also work really well, as would pumpkin seeds. You could also add dried fruit, such as apricots or raisins. And when you are ready to eat your oats, you could top them with some fresh fruit – bananas, blueberries, strawberries – whatever you fancy!
And it’s well worth experimenting with different milks too – normal cow’s milk works well in this, but I actually found I preferred the taste of almond milk.
The other thing I’ve discovered is, although this is called ‘overnight oats’…you don’t have to leave it overnight…as little as half an hour will do – so you could throw this together first thing in the morning, then hop in the shower, and by the time you’ve finished getting dressed it will be ready.
Though, of course, the real beauty of overnight oats is that you can make your breakfast ahead of time and leave it in the fridge overnight. If you put it in a portable container, then you can just pop it in your bag and take it to work with you the next day, or even eat it on the way (though not if you are driving, obviously!!) And don’t forget to pack a spoon – this is definitely NOT finger food!!! 😉
- 50g oats (gluten free if you need this to be gluten free)
- 1 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 pecan nuts, chopped (or just break with your fingers)
- 1 dessert apple, grated
- 200ml milk (any – I like Rude Health almond milk)
- Mix together the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and pecan nuts, then add the grated apple and milk and stir everything together.
- Leave covered in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- If you don’t like your overnight oats fridge cold, take them out of the fridge to warm up a little before you eat them.
If you are making this to eat on the go, make it in a small plastic box and pop the lid on before you pop it in the fridge.
I’ve put the recipe here for 1 person, but this recipe scales up easily to feed as many people as you need!
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