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Overnight Oats Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe - perfectly spiced and filled with fresh apples. Plus, a great list of other overnight oats recipes. See how easy it is to make a hearty, healthy and delicious bowl or jar of oats with your favorite ingredients.

A jar of oats filled with chopped apples and pecans next to a small bowl of chopped apples

No matter how organized I think I might be, mornings are always rushed. Even though I work from home, my to-do list is so long and I hate to take the time to cook breakfast. That's why I love making overnight oats. You mix all of the ingredients the night before and in the morning, grab a spoon and enjoy.

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What Are Overnight Oats?

The idea is to soak rolled oats in a liquid overnight so they soften. When the oats are combined with spices and/or chopped fruit, the outcome is simply heavenly.

The best part of this breakfast "recipe" is that it is easily customizable. You can make this recipe in any bowl, container or jar.

I love using a mason jar because I can close the lid and take it with me if I’m rushing out the door. I’ll often make up a few jars and keep them in the refrigerator to use throughout the week.

How To Make Overnight Oats

For the basic recipe instructions, use the same ratio of oats to liquid. Generally, I'll use 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of milk (regular milk, soy, coconut or almond). Then, add 1/4 cup of yogurt, some spices (if using) and fruit (if using).

A closeup picture of a jar of overnight oats with a spoon and honey drizzled over the top.

I've made many different variations of this recipe over the years but my favorite kind is is an apple spiced version filled with bits of apples and pecans.

To Make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats:

I mix up my standard recipe of oats and milk, then I add in the yogurt, diced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of maple syrup or honey.

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Recipe Variations

You might like to try these delicious overnight oats recipes:

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats Recipe

Peanut Butter + Banana (Add 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 sliced banana, 1 teaspoon of honey to 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup milk)

Berry Filled Overnight Oats Recipe

Chia Seeds + Berries (Add 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 teaspoon honey, a handful of berries to 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup milk)

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats Recipe

Pumpkin Puree + Walnuts (Add 1/3 cup pumpkin, pinch of nutmeg, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon maple syrup to 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup oats)

Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe

Cocoa Powder + Mashed Banana + Mini Chocolate Chips (Add 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 1 mashed banana, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon honey to 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup milk)


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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats | One Dish Kitchen

Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Resting time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keywords: oatmeal
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (use your choice of regular, almond, soy or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (use your choice of plain, vanilla or Greek)
  • 1/4 cup diced apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • walnuts for topping, (optional)


  • Add the oats to a container of your choice. Pour in the milk and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  • In the morning, add walnuts, additional apples and maple syrup or honey, if desired and enjoy.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 1.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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20 thoughts on “Overnight Oats Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I plan to bump up the protein by adding a scoop of protein powder. I think I’ll add my daily scoop of unflavored collagen powder supplement as well.

    1. Hi Debbie,

      The overnight oats keep well in the fridge for 5 days. They will soften as they remain in the fridge which makes them extra creamy.


  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love making overnight oats. Your delicious Apple Spiced Overnight Oats contains so many wonderful breakfast flavors packed into a single fabulous dish. Yum, yum!

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