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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

Overnight Oats

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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An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in 5 minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning. #overnightoats #breakfast #porridge #porridgeoats #quickbreakfast #veganbreakfast #maplesyrup #apples #greenapples

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.

If you are looking for an special breakfast for a lazy Sunday morning, try my traditional Scottish Potato Scones.

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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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  1. This is really fascinating to me, because my Mum did something like this when I was a kid - only oats soaked in soya milk overnight were the basis of some really amazing ...waffles.

    She also put them in the slow cooker overnight and we ate those with dates and nuts. The sweet potato version would come in handy then. Sounds so delicious! Now, if it would just properly get dark and wintery a bit faster...

    1. Really? A waffle mix. If you find that recipe do let me know! I like the sound of dates and nuts but not sure I would get the slow cooker out for porridge as it's so quick to cook, although I suppose if you have a big family it would be ideal.

  2. This is a great healthy recipe! I can't wait to try it. Cheers

  3. Apple cinnamon oatmeal has always been my favorite! I love that this recipe is so much better for you than the packaged oatmeal!

    1. Oh goodness yes, you should always make it fresh. Much healthier and tastier.

  4. You've convinced me to give overnight oats a try. Like you my favourite breakfast is a warm bowl of porridge and so I just couldn't imagine ever choosing to eat my porridge cold! But this recipe sounds delicious!

    1. If you think people eat cereal cold, it's not really much different, but if it's cold in your house in the morning at this time of year, you may want to stick to hot porridge.

  5. what a comforting perfect breakfast .. my son loves oatmeal and leaves early for work so this will be perfect for him

    1. Yes, perfect and no fuss to just take it out of the fridge in the morning and tuck in.

  6. I've been looking for a healthy breakfast recipe that my kids would love. YUM!

    1. I hope they enjoy it Krissy. I am sure they would love it with chocolate spread or banana and peanut butter.

  7. Sounds yummy! I have never had overnight oats before so really need to try this, just need to get some yogurt:-)

  8. Sounds delicious! I really need to try the overnight oats thing, especially now that the weather has turned to chilly enough to appreciate oatmeal in the morning.

    1. Do give them a go but if you are feeling chilly hot porridge would be better.

  9. I hadn't realised until I read this that overnight oats are eaten cold, I think I would prefer them warm, especially with these wonderful apple pie flavours. But I am sure I could adapt it! The cold version makes sense for hotter months though!

    1. To be honest if you prefer then hot then just make porridge Kavey. Nearly as quick.

  10. It's been far too long since I've had any overnight oats and it seems like the perfect time of year to add some apple and cinnamon to my next batch! Sounds like a great start to the day.


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