Spicy delicious apple cinnamon overnight oats, like a glass of apple cider and steamy oatmeal merged. PLUS this recipe has a ripple of homemade raw apple butter stirred in. A wonderful, fragrant spicy fall breakfast, filling and full of fiber.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats & Homemade Apple Butter
This delicious apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe is both easy and healthy, and full of spicy, fiber-filled flavor.
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
This recipe is full of nutrition and fiber primarily because of the apples and rolled oats.
Both are low in calories, sodium, fat and high in antioxidants, fiber and tons of nutrition. And I always use gluten-free rolled oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free but some brands process in facilities where there is cross-contamination of gluten, so be sure to choose a gluten-free brand with proper credentials.
Also, regarding apples, buy organic since apples tend to absorb pesticides and leave the peel on before shredding. You can chop up the apples using a food-processor or a high-speed blender to mush it up.
The best way to add spicy apple flavor to this overnight oat recipe is to use this special twist: Use unsweetened apple cider to soak the oats as most of the liquid instead of water which is more typical in overnight oat recipes.
The next day, fold in chopped apples, spices and a touch of maple syrup to your taste…
How to Make Overnight Oats Safely
Are you making your overnight oats correctly?
Rolled oats (I use a gluten free brand) are full of nutrition, specifically b vitamins, magnesium, beneficial fatty acids, healthy fiber that promotes gut health and stabilize blood sugar, and antioxidants.
BUT oats also have a big negative: phytates that block absorption of iron, zinc, manganese and more of the goodness the oats provide.
The solution? Soak these oats overnight in an acid, such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice or both! This reduces the phytates, renders the oats super nutritious again, and also lends a brighter flavor! I used lemon juice here, but ACV is equally effective.
And because you use so little, you don’t have to rinse the oats the next morning.
How to Make Apple Butter?
Soak your cashews in apple cider overnight, again using cider instead of water for top spicy flavor. The next day, toss your chopped apples and other ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend into a pulp and there you have it, fresh homemade apple butter.
And for both recipes, be sure to use organic apples because apples have a higher percentage of pesticides in their skins and you want to keep the skins on for this recipe! Look here to download my printable lists of of “dirty” and “clean” produce to know when you should buy organic.
Then, let’s get to making this apple cinnamon overnight oats!
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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats and Homemade Apple Butter
Make the Overnight Oats
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled-oats
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup apple cider (organic apple cider, no processed ingredients)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp walnuts or crushed almonds
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- pinch of sea salt
Homemade Apple Butter - makes about 3/4 cup butter
- 2 green apples, 2 red apples (organic is important) (To balance sweetness we use green for sour and gala or fuji for sweet)
- 10 cashews
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple cider
- 1 tsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- pinch of ground cloves
- Prep for both recipes the night before. Put the apple butter cashews into the apple cider and let those soak refrigerated overnight.Put the rolled oats into the apple cider, milk, and lemon juice refrigerated overnight.
Make the Apple Butter
- The next day, chop the apples in small chunks. Then process in a blender or food processor the apples into a pulp. Add in the additional ingredients, process again. Taste test and add extra maple syrup or spices to taste.Keep apple butter refrigerated, and try to use it within a day or two for best flavor.
Make the Overnight Oats
- Chop the apples into small pieces or even blend them into a rough apple pulp, and fold those into the soaked overnight oats. Stir in spices and maple syrup to taste. And layer that mixture in a jar with fresh apple butter.Sprinkle with more cinnamon, fresh apple slices and eat a filling healthy breakfast.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.