Dried apples and cinnamon stirred into rolled oats and unsweetened coconut milk to create a creamy delicious overnight oats recipe.
Apples and cinnamon is a classic oatmeal combination. In my house, it’s often the first flavor to go out of the variety instant oatmeal box. Yes I still purchase instant oatmeal. My kids love it, it’s easy, and I’m always grateful to have a few packets available on busy mornings. Just saying…I’m not above instant oatmeal. With that said, I try my best to create healthier and more wholesome versions of our favorite foods. My kiddos have not embraced the deliciousness of overnight oats yet, they are creatures of habit and prefer oatmeal hot. Me on the other hand love to enjoy my oatmeal cold and creamy. My girls call it “adult oatmeal” and maybe they’re right.
Let’s discuss this new apples and cinnamon overnight oatmeal recipe. Originally, I wanted to use fresh apples. Right now it’s apple season in New York and there’s no shortage of delicious crisp apples. But, fresh apples did not work for me in this recipe. I didn’t get the flavor I wanted and the apples turned brown. I’ve seen a few recipes that used applesauce but I didn’t have any or time to make it. Instead, I decided to go with dried apples.
I used 1/4 cup of chopped dried apples and found this brand in the natures food section at Wegmans.
I’m glad I went with dried apples because I ended up with the delicious apple flavor I was looking for.
I started this recipe by combining the rolled oats, dried apples, cinnamon, and chia seeds.
Then I stirred in 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 cup of milk, and vanilla. I decided to use honey instead of pure maple syrup because I wanted to switch things up. You can use pure maple syrup if that’s all you have. But if you have honey use it because I thought it tasted great.
I mixed all the ingredients together, place the lid on, and then stored in the refrigerator overnight. The apples will hydrate overnight and release a delicious apple flavor into the oats.
In the morning, I stirred the oats with a little extra unsweetened coconut milk to loosen it up and then sprinkled some walnuts on top for crunch.
This apples and cinnamon crunch overnight oats recipe is beyond scrumptious. It’s so simple and can be made ahead of time for a healthy breakfast all week. If you like to drink smoothies for breakfast then enjoy this recipe for a snack or even lunch. If apples and cinnamon is a flavor combo you enjoy then give this overnight oats recipe a try.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup chopped dried apple
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or any milk)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- in a pint size mason jar mix together rolled oats, dried apple, cinnamon, and chia seeds.
- Stir in the coconut milk , vanilla, and honey.
- Stir all the ingredients together, place the lid on, and store in the refrigerator overnight (at least 5 hours).
- Remove lid and stir the oatmeal. Add a little extra coconut milk if the oats need to to be loosened up. Sprinkle walnuts on top and enjoy.
This recipe can be made up to 5 days ahead of time.
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