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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

August 11, 2021
Apple Pie Overnight Oats taste like a big slice of apple pie in a jar but are a perfectly nutritious first meal. They are vegan, gluten-free, and topped with homemade caramelized apples!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, so meet your new essential breakfast! Apple Pie Overnight Oats use extremely healthy ingredients to create a decadent breakfast that tastes like a slice of your favorite pie. They’re the perfect vegan and gluten-free oatmeal!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Happy Overnight Oats Week 2021! Keeping with the theme of creating dessert-inspired overnight oats, I present my Apple Pie Overnight Oats! This nutritional breakfast features vegan ingredients, although you can use dairy if you like. The oats are mixed with tons of spices, dairy-free vanilla yogurt, maple, flaxseed meal, and almond milk. After the oats have soaked, they are blanketed in homemade caramelized apples, which are out of this world!

The caramelized apples separate these oats from all other recipes. They only contain a teaspoon of brown sugar, so you are not overloading with sugar in the morning. Instead, you get a creamy, spicy bottom layer of oats with a sweet, soft, juicy apple topping. You’ll forget you’re eating oatmeal; you’ll think you’re having pie for breakfast!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Are All Overnight Oats Vegan?

While I created this Apple Pie Overnight Oats recipe to be vegan, not all recipes are. I use almond milk, dairy-free yogurt, and vegan butter in this recipe, but you can use the dairy versions of these ingredients if you are not vegan. The oats will taste virtually the same in the end.

You can take almost any overnight oats and make them vegan! Oats are a great place to start if you are new to veganism and need easily interchangeable recipes. You won’t be able to tell the difference in taste between vegan and non-vegan, getting you comfortable with cooking without animal products.

Health-wise, it is a good idea to cut out some dairy and red meat if you are not vegan. Incorporating some vegan overnight oats recipes into your routine can show a positive health shift, perhaps inspiring you to eat healthy all day long. Once you are fueled with these energizing oats, you will hopefully crave more healthful meals!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

The Magic of Caramelized Apples

The most special part of this recipe is the softened apples caramelized in vegan butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. This recipe is healthier homemade apple pie filling made in just a few short minutes. Of course, you could use store-bought apple pie filling. However, apple pie filling from the store contains an obscene amount of sugar and tons of chemical preservatives. By making our own caramelized apples at home, we can control how much sugar is inside.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

If you have leftover Caramelized Apples (yeah, right!) you can store them in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. They’re great on top of yogurt, with animal or graham crackers, or on top of a tart or cheesecake. They add a fruity, caramel dimension to whatever dish you are making. You can also make the apples ahead of time so you have them all throughout the week for your various overnight oats recipes, including these Apple Pie Overnight Oats.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Ingredients in Apple Pie Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup thick-cut rolled oats, GF certified
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • A pinch of ground cardamom
  • A pinch of sea salt
    For the Caramelized Apples:
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple
    Optional Toppings:
  • Your favorite nuts, toasted
  • Cocowhip

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

How to Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.
 
Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).
 
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
 
Add apples, tossing everything together until apples are well coated and cook for 5-6 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
 
NOTE: Sauce should thicken and become “caramelized” within this time without burning.
 
To serve (hot or cold), add oats to a bowl or mason jar and top it with the caramelized apples, your favorite nuts, and Cocowhip, if desired.
 
Bon Appetit!
Apple Pie Overnight Oats

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 1 serving
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Thick-cut rolled oats, GF certified
  • 3/4 cup Almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup Dairy-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • pinch of sea salt

CARAMELIZED APPLES:

  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tsp organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled + chopped in chunks

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Your favorite nuts, toasted
  • Cocowhip

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.
  • Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).

CARAMELIZED APPLES:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add apples, tossing everything together until apples are well coated and cook for 5-6 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve immediately. NOTE: Sauce should thicken and become "caramelized" within this time without burning.
  • To serve (hot or cold), add oats to a bowl or mason jar and top it with the caramelized apples, your favorite nuts, and Cocowhip, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
  • TOASTED NUTS: Add chopped nuts to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
  • SWEETENER: Instead of pure maple syrup, you can simply use Agave or applesauce.
  • MILK: You can use your favorite plant-based milk, whether Soy, Oat, Coconut, Flax milk, etc.

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