Apple Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oats

A simple make-ahead breakfast. Overnight oats are so healthy and energizing - I love this fall/winter version with apples and granola! Vegan

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oats

It’s December! How did that happen already? With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re busy (and I’m busy!)… all the more reason to have a super quick energizing breakfast ready to go in the morning. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to put together at night and it’s ready in the morning.

Admittedly, I was late to the overnight oat craze, but I’m pretty obsessed now. What I love is that they’re creamy without being gummy and the flavor combos are endless! I love this version with blueberry jam that I made in the summertime – this fall/winter apple version is just as delicious but totally different. It’s just oats, almond milk, diced apples with a little lemon, and your favorite granola. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so satisfying.

I’ve been keeping these stocked in my fridge (they last up to about 3 days) for both myself and Jack. This recipe was inspired by one from the Quaker Oats website where there are lots of fun ideas for overnight oat combinations. And for even more ideas for using oats, check out this post with overnight oats, many ways, my favorite steel-cut oatmeal, or savory porridge!

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oats

Speaking of holiday craziness, this weekend we got the chance to get a head start on our holiday shopping at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago at the Bridgeport Arts Center. Since moving back here, we’ve been enjoying exploring everything that Chicago has to offer, but we especially loved this event because it had a very art-y Austin-y vibe :). There was sunshine, beautiful goods, creative craftspeople, and even a few food trucks.

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Our friends at Quaker Oats had a booth at the event and asked us to stop by. The place was PACKED, so it was a nice place to take a break (and get some more overnight oats…)

The booth was great – for starters, you can get your name etched on your very own overnight oat jar. Since this is a craft fair, they also have an area for kids to decorate their jar. There are stickers and glue sticks, and, well, I have to admit I spent quite awhile decorating my own jar  – if I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna do it right! It’s fun, free, crafty, and like I said, a great snack stop! (Pictured above: me rolling oats)

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Of course, I nabbed some pretty ceramic plates before we left. Such a great day!

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Apple Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oats

I love this Apple Cinnamon Crunch Overnight Oat recipe for a simple breakfast in fall. Feel free to use your favorite seasonal fruit in place of the apples for a healthy breakfast all year round.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup diced apple
  • a small squeeze of lemon (to keep the apples fresh overnight)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granola (I made one similar to this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  1. Combine the oats and almond milk in a jar. Toss the apple with a little bit of lemon juice and add it to the jar with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Chill overnight.
  2. In the morning, top with granola and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

This post is in partnership with Quaker – all opinions are our own – we love oats and we had an especially fun time at the Renegade Craft Fair!


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  1. avionske karte

    It would be a wonderful trip and memorable adventure to me as I am originally from the states and have live in Ontario for just 13 yrs now. My husband is Canadian. I love to travel and see new sites and this is one of my places I’d love to visit. I have gotten to a few spots here in Ontario but would love to go on a longer adventure even by train would be amazing. Coming by train would be interesting.

  2. lisa

    Oh, my gosh….I just made these for lunch, and they are fabulous! I love the sweet corn vs the savory mushrooms. They had a few explosions, and I will check to see if I have a new burn scar by my eyebrow after lunch. I was thinking there was no way they’d be worth the explosions, but they are sooooo good. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I love the post title. This year, we went to a new pick-your-own apple/pumpkin place but they had already picked them and cut the pumpkins off the plant so everything was just laying on the ground and you “picked” them off the ground yourself. It didn’t feel the same. In my mind, it didn’t count! So needless to say, Autumn doesn’t exist this year!

  4. Kristin

    Yum! So easy but so good 🙂

  5. Leslie

    Overnight oats maybe my new jam! I leave my house at 7am to make it to work by 7:40, I’m not a big breakfast eater. I can’t wake up any earlier than 6, my body just wont hah. This would be a great idea! I’ve pinned it and can’t wait to try it.

  6. Lisa Huff

    Ohhhh yum! Looks incredible!

  7. Nina from

    I make this combo all the time minus the granola. It’s a must this time of the year. Smart move adding the lemon!

  8. Andreya

    This look so good. I think that’ll give a great taste

  9. I’m ALL about the quick and easy breakfasts this time of year, so I’m all over this! I love that these have a little crunch to them!

  10. Cassandra @ Uncommonly Well

    Love how simple this is, but it looks and sounds heavenly! Always looking for new ways to spice up breakfast 😉

  11. I was also late to the overnight oats craze, but I can’t seem to get enough of them! So easy to make, and it saves you time in the mornings. This looks delicious, by the way 🙂

  12. Lizzie from

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  13. sabrina from

    Nice recipe and interesting post too, nice to get your own name brand, from the source (Quaker Oats) too!

  14. Jeanine Donofrio

    I would just heat it up in the microwave in the morning until warmed through.

  15. Pam Burnham

    I prefer my oats warm. Can this recipe be warmed up in some fashion; e.g., microwave, stovetop, oven?

  16. jen

    looks super yummy! can you use cow milk?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      you can!

  17. Karen from

    Love the sound of this. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Naomi from

    What a great recipe for an on the go breakfast. I love some good oats.

  19. Natalie

    YUM! It looks just perfect for breakfast! I will definitely try it real soon ♥

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