Chopped Apple Pie Overnight Oats with plain Greek yogurt is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe that tastes like dessert! Made with rolled oats, unsweetened almond milk, raisins, maple syrup, and chia seeds – these healthy overnight oats get an extra pop of protein from the addition of Greek yogurt and natural peanut butter.
With Chopped Apple Pie Overnight Oats, you can mix up a nutritious breakfast that tastes like dessert in just minutes! Similar to my Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats and my Strawberry Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, this is an easy, healthy, make-ahead breakfast that is perfect for meal prep.
One of the best things about overnight oats recipes is that you can easily customize the flavors and mix-ins! As apple season approaches, I love to take advantage and enjoy them in as many different recipes as I can, like Apple Oatmeal Cups, Grain-Free Apple Crisp, and Apple Snack Cake.
HEALTHY TIP! This recipe also gets a major boost of protein without having to add protein powder. The addition of Greek yogurt and peanut butter, along with the oats, fills this with a whopping 16 grams of protein per serving. This is a ready-to-go meal for breakfast that will keep you fueled all morning long!
Health benefits of apples
You know what they say, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!” It’s for good reason – apples are highly nutritious and according to Healthline, apples may help you lose weight while improving your gut and brain health. Here are some additional health benefits of apples:
- Packed with nutrients: Apples are low in calories, yet they are packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, and various other vitamins and minerals.
- Heart-healthy: Due to apples being high in soluble fiber and antioxidants, they have been linked to a lower chance of heart disease. Research has found that eating 100-150 g/d of whole apples is associated with a lower chance of heart disease and risk factors such as high blood pressure.
- High in fiber: Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic in your gut microbiome, and a healthy gut is often associated with better overall health.
- Rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants in apples contribute to the fruit’s vibrant color but also offer a potential source of support for cellular health, allowing our bodies to maintain a balanced state and function optimally.
This apple overnight oats recipe is filled with healthy, nutrient-rich ingredients. Here’s everything you’ll need for a delicious, satiating breakfast:
- Oats: We recommend using old–fashioned rolled oats for the best texture. Quick oats will work in a pinch, but your oatmeal will have a softer, mushier texture. Steel-cut oats will not work for this recipe.
- Milk: Unsweetened almond milk is our go-to milk for making overnight oats, but you can use whatever milk you prefer. Oat milk is another great option!
- Greek yogurt: Adding Greek yogurt to the base gives these a creamy texture along with a boost of protein. Feel free to use plain, flavored or even dairy-free yogurt to make this recipe vegan.
- Chia seeds: Packed with fiber and healthy fats, chia seeds will expand in the liquid and give the oats a thick, creamy texture.
- Sweetener: For added flavor and to perfectly sweeten the oats, I’m using maple syrup. You can substitute with honey, monk fruit, or stevia if preferred.
- Cinnamon: Adds warm, cozy flavor!
- Add-ins: You’ll love the freshly diced apple chunks, chewy raisins, and peanut butter mixed right into the overnight oats and then added on top when you’re ready to enjoy!
How to make this recipe
This apple overnight oats recipe could not be easier! Simply stir together the ingredients, soak in the fridge and in several hours it’s ready to eat! Here’s the simple process:
- Combine ingredients: In a mason jar or bowl, mix the oats, milk, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, apple, raisins, and peanut butter until everything is well incorporated.
- Soak: Cover the jar or bowl and place in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours and preferably overnight until your oats are cold and creamy.
- Serve: Before serving you can add more chopped apple, raisins, and peanut butter if you’d like and enjoy!
Are overnight oats healthy?
This particular recipe for overnight oats offers many health benefits, due to its rich fiber and protein content. Overnight oats filled with nutrient-rich ingredients, like this one, also contain a number of vitamins and minerals. They make for a really healthy way to start the day!
How long should you wait to eat overnight oats?
For best taste and texture, overnight oats need to sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours, BUT we really recommend waiting 8 to 12 hours (overnight), so the oats have time to soak up all of the milk. The longer you wait, the creamier and thicker they will be.
- Gluten-free oats: Oats are naturally gluten-free, however, they can get cross-contaminated in factories. To ensure this recipe is gluten-free, be sure the oat package is labeled certified gluten-free.
- Vegan & dairy-free: For vegan and dairy-free overnight oats, be sure to use dairy-free yogurt and plant-based milk.
- Meal prepping: This recipe makes one serving, but you can easily double or even quadruple the recipe to enjoy a ready-to-go breakfast for several days.
- Peeling the apple: If preferred, you can peel your apple before chopping it up for this recipe. However, to get the maximum health benefits from the fruit, eat whole, unpeeled apples. The skin contains many nutrients.
This overnight oats recipe can easily be changed up with various substitutions and additions! Here are some great options:
- Mix-ins: Flaxseed meal, hemp seeds, homemade granola, mini chocolate chips, chopped walnuts or pecans add flavor and a lovely crunch.
- Fruit: Swap out the apples for any favorite fruit. Peaches, pears, or berries would all be delicious!
- Yogurt: Use plain, vanilla, or apple-flavored Greek yogurt. Just be sure to look for lower-sugar brands.
Keep overnight oats stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or in mason jars for up to 4 to 5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy, give the mixture a good stir and add an extra splash of milk, if you’d like.
Chopped Apple Pie Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or whatever milk you prefer
- 1/4 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup diced apple
- 1 tablespoon raisins
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar, mixing until everything is well incorporated (be sure to stir in the peanut butter to be sure it mixes through all off the oats).
- Pop on the lid and place in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours and preferably overnight until your oats are cold and creamy.
- Top with some extra diced apple, raisins and peanut butter before enjoying!