Get excited for the fall season with this simple, delicious Pumpkin Spice Apple Overnight Oats recipe. This easy recipe is the perfect breakfast to make ahead for busy mornings in individual jars.
This post was sponsored by Quaker Oats. I was compensated for developing this recipe and writing this post.
Once August and football season starts my internal fall alarm clock goes off and I start dreaming of the time of year that brings cooler weather, pumpkins, apples, and brightly colored leaves. This is all fine and dandy except for one thing: I live in Florida, which means it won't get cool till possibly January, our leaves don't change colors and pumpkins literally melt in the humidity if you put them outside.
In an effort to still begin celebrating fall in any way, shape, or form, I've had pumpkins and apples on the brain. And since it's still bloody hot outside it needs to come in a more refreshing (AKA cold) package.
Enter: My Pumpkin Spice Apple Overnight Oats
Perhaps, like me, you've never really done the overnight oats thing (I'm a classic late adopter) and you're wondering if cold oatmeal is really a 'thing' worth trying. Friends, I assure you, it is. Your make-ahead breakfast world is about to be rocked. For more on the Health Benefits of Overnight Oats, check out this post with a delicious recipe for Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats.
Overnights oats are a delicious, chilled version of oatmeal that involves just a few, quick steps to prep the night before. Once you mentally get over the fact that it's not hot oatmeal, you will likely realize it's the bee's knees.
It is perfect to take on the go for an easy breakfast on busy weekdays and there are really endless different ways to flavor it. All you do is combine Quaker Old Fashioned Oats with your preferred type of milk and favorite flavor additions and set it in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, you will have a wonderful mix of softened oatmeal goodness. And, a serving of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats is 100% a whole grain, providing 40 grams total and 4 grams of fiber.
While you can add your own ingredients, I chose pumpkin, apple and ground flaxseed for this particular recipe. Here is why I love these simple ingredients:
With fall comes pumpkin season and pumpkin lovers rejoice with all things pumpkin-flavored. It's everywhere and in everything! Get real pumpkin in your life (as opposed to pumpkin flavored). Pumpkin obviously tastes wonderful but it also a source of additional fiber. This is also a great way to use up leftover canned pumpkin puree.
Shredded apple, yes shredded, adds natural sweetness, in addition to even more fiber and phytonutrients. The shredded texture perfectly distributes the apple flavor.
Ground Flax Seeds
Flax seed contain a type of fiber called lignans to help you meet your fiber goals. Flax is also a source of plant based omega-3 fatty acids which which may play a role in reducing inflammation.
You can use whatever milk you prefer here (coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or dairy milk are all good options).
After just one morning of eating this Pumpkin Spice Apple Overnight Oats breakfast recipe I can honestly say I am an overnight oats believer! It's so easy to assemble a week's worth of breakfasts in just about 5 minutes. My mornings have been just a touch smoother since my breakfast was already made and ready to eat.
Here's how you make it:
- Layer ingredients in a mason jar (or other airtight container) except for walnuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. If you'd like to meal prep several for busy mornings, prepare several individual mason jars at once.
- When ready to eat the next morning, mix contents together and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Add your other favorite toppings if desired and enjoy!
I hope after trying this simple recipe for pumpkin overnight oats you catch the overnight oats bug like I have. If all else, you now have a great way to enjoy fall flavor while it's still warm outside.Print
For the love of fall & breakfast,