So what’s the deal with Overnight Oats? They seem to be everywhere these days, right? Well, it’s for good reason—they’re AWESOME. Why are they awesome? They’re fast and easy to make, they’re healthy, and you can make just about any flavor you want! This week I made these Apple Pie Overnight Oats that have ZERO added sugar, yet some how, magically taste like an apple pie.
What are Overnight Oats?
I love regular oatmeal, but during the summer that hot bowl of heavy oats is just not that appetizing. Overnight oats are the perfect answer. Here’s how it works: you combine dry oats, a liquid, and whatever other fun add-ins you want, refrigerate it over night (or up to 4-5 days) and the next morning you have a cold bowl of soft oats that have absorbed all the delicious flavors. Great, right? Well it’s even better when they’re apple pie flavored and don’t need any extra sugar to be scrumptious. #winning
Do You Eat Overnight Oats Hot or Cold?
You can eat overnight oats hot or cold. In the summer I love overnight oats cold, but if you prefer a hot breakfast, simply microwave the oats for 60-90 seconds until heated through. They’re great either way!
What Kind of Oats Should I Use?
Old-fashioned rolled oats are my favorite for overnight oats because they soften quickly, but still maintain a good deal of texture. Quick or instant oats will soften quickly as well, but they have a lot less texture and will give a more mushy result. While you can do a variation of overnight oats with steel cut oats, they require a lot more liquid and longer soaking time, so they can not be simply be swapped into the recipe below.
What Kind of Containers Should I Use?
You can use any type of resealable container for overnight oats. the blue-top Ziploc containers are great if you’re on a strict budget, but mason jars or glass meal prep containers also work great. For the recipe below you’ll want a container that holds 1.5 to 2 cups. I used 12oz. mason jars.
Do I Have to Use Dried Currants?
Currants are kind of an unusual ingredient and something I don’t usually use. My original plan was to use raisins, but it just so happened that currants were less expensive than raisins from the bulk bin, so I went with the currants. I chose to buy them from the bulk bins because I rarely use raisins or currants, so I wanted to buy only the amount that I needed.
So, wanna see how easy these Apple Pie Overnight Oats are?
No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- 1 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ($0.23)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves ($0.02)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts ($1.38)
- 1/4 cup dried currants ($0.43)
- 2 cups milk ($0.62)
- 1 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce ($0.89)
- Gather four 12oz. mason jars or any other type of small resealable container. To each container add the following ingredients in this order: 1/3 cup oats, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/16 tsp ginger*, 1/16 tsp cloves, 2 Tbsp walnuts, 1 Tbsp currants, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/3 cup applesauce.
- Place the lids on the containers and refrigerate at least over night and up to 4-5 days.
- When ready to eat, simply dig in with a spoon, or empty the contents of the jar or container into a bowl and enjoy.
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How to Make Apple Pie Overnight Oats – Step by Step Photos
Gather four 12oz. mason jars or any other type of resealable container. To each container add 1/3 cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/16 tsp ground ginger, and 1/16 tsp ground cloves. For the 1/16th tsp measures I just used a 1/8 tsp measuring spoon and filled it about half way.
Next get your walnuts and dried currants. You can use just about any dried fruit and nut that you like. Sliced almonds and raisins are also good choices. Chop the walnuts so that you can get a little piece in every bite instead of a large chunk every now and then. Add about 2 Tbsp of chopped walnuts and 1 Tbsp dried currants to each container.
Pour 1/2 cup milk on top of the ingredients in each jar. The oats will absorb the milk and soften over night. The spices will also flavor the milk. It’s SO yummy. :D
Finally add 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce to each jar. No need to stir the ingredients. Just cover the containers and refrigerate at least over night. I make four at a time and try to eat them all within 5 days.
You can eat your apple pie overnight oats straight from the jar, or empty the contents into a bowl and go from there. Either way, I didn’t find it necessary to stir at all. Just scooping a spoonful out of the jar gave me a good mix of ingredients every time. The oats will be soft, but you’ll still have some cold, liquid milk (unlike cooked oats where it’s all a thick paste). It’s really wonderful!