So…you guys might know that I love the first overnight oats recipe I posted on my blog before my little ‘summer break‘…the delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats. I ate them over and over all. summer. long. I knew I wanted to try out new combinations, but I liked that one so much and it was my go-to recipe, so I just never got around to trying anything new. Until recently. I have to say, these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats are now, without a doubt, my new favorite!!! I LOVE this combination of flavors and I hope you do, too! Plus, it’s perfect for fall now that apples are in season again.
So, I know this picture doesn’t look all that pretty…but unless you’re setting up for a food photoshoot (and maybe I should be…considering I’m a food blogger and all…), but when does oatmeal ever look “pretty” anyway?? And then you add in a bunch of chia seeds that have sat in a jar for almost three days…and, well, we’re going for delicious and nutritious here…not picture perfect. 😉
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1 T maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup diced apples (I used Honeycrisp)
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl.
- Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
- Stir, eat, enjoy!
Before I made these, I was nervous about how the apples would do diced up overnight. I thought for sure they would get mushy and brown. However, when I opened the jar after they sat in the fridge for THREE days, they still looked like I had just cut them!! And they weren’t mushy at all! I used Honeycrisp apples, which I know don’t brown as quickly as other varieties, but I’ll have to try out other ones to see how those do over time, as well.
I know some people think the idea of eating oatmeal cold is odd, but if you haven’t tried it yet, you really need to. It’s different, but it grows on you!! And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to head out the door in a hurry, knowing that a meal would be coming up soon, and I just grabbed a jar of oats, a spoon, a cooler and ice pack…and I was good to go! No need to go hungry while out running errands!
And if you don’t have a lot of experience using and eating chia seeds, I know they can sometimes throw you for a loop. They did for me at first, too…until I got used to them. Yes, you will get them stuck in your teeth. Yes, they have an odd, gel-like texture. However, they are SO good for you and since they don’t taste like anything, they take on the flavor of whatever you put them in.
So, what are the benefits of chia seeds and why should you eat them? Well, they are a great source of dietary fiber (good for digestion), they’re high in calcium, and they’re a good source of iron…but the biggest reason I eat them is because they contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which help promote good cardiovascular health. (I tested low for this about a year ago, so I’ve been proactively trying to eat more omega-3s ever since.)
If you give these Apple Cinnamon (& Chia!) Overnight Oats a try, definitely let me know what you think!