Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

A 5 minute recipe for apple pie flavoured overnight oats made with oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, green apple, milk and yogurt. Recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans with free printable recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats  in a glass bowl

Apple cinnamon overnight oats or as I like to call them apple pie oats.

Did you ever think you'd hear a good Scottish girl like me talking about overnight oats instead of good old-fashioned porridge. No? Neither did I.

I still say the best possible breakfast is a bowl of hot creamy porridge, especially in the winter. You can't beat it. It warms you up, it's like a hug in a bowl and it will keep you full until lunchtime.

Those of you that know me are probably laughing at me extolling the benefits of breakfast as I usually run out the door in the morning (heading to work) on an empty stomach. 

I really can't face food before 9 am at the earliest, but I do enjoy breakfast on my days off, sometimes even a full Scottish cooked breakfast, just at a more godly hour.

And just in case you are worried, I can assure you the first thing Cooper thinks about in the morning is food. seriously you can forget him having a shower or getting dressed first thing. He refuses to do anything until his stomach is full and that child eats enough for three of us, and probably our neighbours too, yet he continues to be a beanpole pinging with energy. I wish I could burn calories off like he does. Sigh!

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

How do you make overnight oats?

Overnight oats is basically a bowl or jar of porridge that is soaked overnight instead of cooked in a pan and it's eaten cold.

When making overnight oats you combine porridge oats with milk. 

The equation is double the amount of liquids to oats, so ½ cup of porridge oats would be mixed with 1 cup of milk, but I like to add 1⁄3cup of plain yoghurt to the mixture too. Try it yourself and tweak it to suit your taste. Some people like it much drier.

This is the type of recipe that a cup measure or a teacup is your friend. It makes it super quick to measure out your ingredients. I have included metric in the recipe in case you prefer to be precise, but honestly after you make it a couple of times, you'll just be pouring it in freehand. 

Mine is actually thicker than it looks. It separated while I was setting up my shot. I should have given it another stir so you could see how luxurious it is.

Oh and I thought I should mention which oats I used. We just call them Scottish porridge oats, we have a rougher variety too and a finer variety for instant oats, which is more like gloop. A check of the packet and I can tell you they are rolled oat flakes.

Soaking overnight oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats mixed in a bowl, ready to chill

Start with double the quantity of liquid to oats, you can also add yoghurt as an extra or instead of the milk.

  1. Milk
  2. Soy milk
  3. Coconut milk
  4. Almond milk
  5. Milk and plain yoghurt (dairy or dairy free)
  6. Fruit juice
  7. Fruit juice and yoghurt

Sweetening overnight oats

I would never add sugar to oats, but I do add sweet alternatives. Here are a few sweeteners:

  1. Mashed banana
  2. Apple sauce
  3. Raisins
  4. Chopped dates
  5. Fresh fruit
  6. Maple syrup
  7. Agave nectar
  8. Honey 

Overnight oat flavours

porridge oats and cinnamon in a bowl

There are so many ingredients you can add to overnight oats to add flavour and texture. Just choose two or three for the best oats. More flavours can be overwhelming.

  1. Straight up, with maple syrup or honey
  2. Apple and cinnamon
  3. Chocolate nut spread & peanut butter topped with chopped peanuts
  4. Pear and cocoa powder
  5. Mashed banana and chocolate chips
  6. Raspberry and and chocolate chips
  7. Peach and raspberry
  8. Strawberry and chopped almonds
  9. Grated carrot, raisins and mixed spice
  10. Pineapple and orange juice (instead of milk) and yoghurt
  11. Blueberry and cinnamon
  12. Peanut butter and strawberry jam
  13. Mango and coconut
  14. Mixed berries and yogurt
  15. Pumpkin puree, cinnamon & mixed spice

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Overnight oats toppings and added extras

A white bowl full of black chia seeds

These are little extras that can be mixed through the oats or added on top as a finishing touch. Some are for an extra nutritional boost while others are for a bit of texture or crunch. Choose wisely!

  1. Chia seeds
  2. Flax seeds (best ground for nutrients), also known as linseeds
  3. Pumpkin seeds
  4. Hemp seeds
  5. Chocolate chips, cocoa/cacao nibs or grated chocolate
  6. Coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
  7. Chopped pistachios
  8. Flaked almonds
  9. Pecan nuts
  10. Toasted hazelnuts

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats and green apples

What is bircher muesli?

Bircher muesli is like a mixture of muesli and overnight oats in one bowl. If muesli and overnight oats had a child they would name it bircher muesli.

Like traditional muesli (which was created by Swiss doctor and nutritional pioneer Maximillian Bircher-Benner), bircher muesli contains oats, dried fruit and often nuts too.

It is made the same way as overnight oats but usually includes yoghurt and fruit juice in the mixture.

Three bowls of Overnight Sweet Potato Oats topped with yoghurt, maple syrup and almonds.

Overnight Sweet Potato Oats

For something a bit different, try these overnight sweet potato oats I shared with you last summer. The creamy sweet potato is paired with maple syrup, yoghurt, cinnamon and roasted almonds. It's super luxurious and high in Vitamin C & Iron.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

In the one large bowl of overnight oats, I made with almond milk and Alpro yoghurt there are 366 calories. It is high in calcium and a good source of iron, vitamin D and potassium.

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in a few minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning.
Yield: 1 bowl of oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in a few minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning.
prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 cup/50g porridge oats (rolled oat flakes)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 green apple, grated
  • 1 cup/250ml) milk 
  • 1⁄3 cup/80ml plain yoghurt 


  1. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Transfer into a cereal bowl, glass or jar, cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
  3. That's it! It's ready to enjoy for breakfast. You can take it out 10 minutes before eating it to take the chill off if you prefer.
  4. Enjoy!
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