Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Heeyyyyy Ya!

Did I get that Outkast song stuck in your head now? For me, it’s been 3 days that I have been shaking like a poloroid picture and I cannot STOP. Isn’t that the most annoying thing ever? Trust me, there are some mornings when the song that is currently the alarm on my phone will not leave my head for the entire duration of the day. The worst is when the song is so stuck in your head that you stark lip-singing the words to the song. And totally not even notice. There may even be some slight shaking of the bum, which makes the whole experience for others even more terrifying. Cause then everyone you pass begins to think you are a freak mumbling to yourself like in the exorcist.

And yes, that actually happened to me on my commute

I was walking around DC yesterday, with my headphones blasting some Lady Gaga. Now, I used to LOVE Lady Gaga, but my 23 year old self hadn’t remembered how relevant she was. That is well, until Sunday when she KILLED the Super Bowl half time show. You guys, she was a beast. I know a lot of people on social media were fat shaming her. But let’s be honest: can ANY of them do squats in those thigh-high high heeled boots. Yeah I didn’t think so either.

Anyway, I was REALLY getting back into Lady Gaga songs from high school. And by getting into, I mean fully mouthing the songs while I was walking home. I got some serious stares, y’all. But you know, if you don’t do you, life is boring.

Which is why next time, I’m going to throw off my pants to reveal the boy shorts underneath.

I think all of this crazy dancing and singing stuff comes from my past life as a dancer. I used to dance ballet 12 hours a week in high school. This ballet, while classical, was not normal in the sense that we would dance en pointe to rock music. And it was the most baller thing ever. Naturally, all of that booty shaking seeped into my everyday life. I would always dance down the hallways of school with a bass pumping in my head. Or was that my green iPod mini? No matter.

ANYWAY, my ramblings are done, as this post (and recipe) are intended to be short and sweet (but sadly weren’t). This breakfast is the perfect thing for fall busy mornings. It’s so easy, it is stupid. And in the morning, until I have my coffee, I can be very very stupid. Why this morning alone, I tripped over my own feet and spilled the basil plant I was carrying along with all the dirt. Cue the tears. Throw everything into a jar and you are good to go! The grated apple is what really makes these oats shine! It’s super creamy, super spicy, and taste just like an apple pie. And trust me, I like things spicy! The ginger is definitely something you do not want to omit, because it makes these oats so so good. This one is also super easy to top with whatever you please. Personally I would pitch for the pomegranate seeds, but that is just me.

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

15 minPrep Time

6 hrCook Time

6 hr, 15 Total Time

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    overnight oats
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch grated or dried ginger
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 apple
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional. I don't use it, but use it if you don't find it sweet enough)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any nondairy milk will do!)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt or skyr
  • apple cinnamon topping
  • The other 3/4 of the apple, cubed
  • 1 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • additional toppings (pistachios, walnuts, pecans, pomegranate seeds, coconut flakes, peanut butter are all amazing)


make the oats

In a large mason jar or Tupperware, combine oats, chia seeds, and spices. Shake gently to combine.

Grate apple on a box grater over a plate. Place the plate in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Doing this is optional, but will help caramelize the sugars in the apple and make the oats sweeter. Place the grated apple along with the optional maple syrup into the container along with the oats

Add the almond milk and the greek yogurt. Stir to combine, making sure that the liquid is evenly distributed and the chia seeds are no longer clumped. Place in the refrigerator for minimum 5 hours or preferably overnight.

make the apple cinnamon topping

heat ghee or coconut oil and the honey or maple syrup over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add the cubed apple and cinnamon. Toss to coat the apples in the honey/fat mixture. Cook for 7-10 minutes, or until the apples are soft. I usually make this mixture overnight, then reheat it in the morning.

finish it off

In the morning, take the oats out of the fridge. Scoop into a bowl or give them a good stir if eating out of the jar. Top with roasted cinnamon apples and your desired toppings. EAT.

This bowl makes me want to scream and shout and let it all out.

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