This healthy breakfast recipe is prepared the night before, so you don’t have to worry about whipping anything up in the morning. It’s simple, packed with nutrients and tastes like apple pie!
It’s hard to believe September is almost over. Where I live on the East Coast, the trees have started to turn colors, leaves have started to fall to the ground and the grocery stores are full of autumn produce.
Even the drugstores are in full-time autumn mode – they have Halloween candy already on display!
But you know what? I’ll take it. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp mornings, the warm afternoons, and I especially love the food.
Apples have always been a staple in my home. Whether I’m enjoying them for a quick snack with a dollop of nut butter, tossing them into my smoothies, or making some sort of dessert, I really enjoy how versatile they are.
Apples are also really good for you. They are…
- high in fiber so they keep you feeling full for longer
- boost brain power
- packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants
- naturally detoxifying
And the list goes on!
This is why apples make an awesome breakfast food. They’ve got the nutrients you need to start your day feeling full and energized.
Since I absolutely love making dessert for breakfast, today I thought I’d combine a classic apple dish with an increasingly more popular breakfast recipe: apple pie overnight oats.
If you haven’t made overnight oats yet, there’s no better time to start than with this recipe. You just need a few simple ingredients to make it, many of which I bet you already have in your pantry, and it tastes like a decadent dessert (just with a healthy twist!).
It starts with a combination of rolled oats and quinoa flakes. Both are full of fiber, but the quinoa flakes add a nice hit of protein.
Next is cinnamon and chia seeds. The cinnamon gives the recipe that oh-so-comforting flavor, while the chia seeds act as the binder to thicken everything up while it sits overnight.
Finally is unsweetened apple sauce and nut milk. The apple sauce adds a hint of natural sweetness and a distinct apple flavor. The milk can be anything that you have on hand – I went with homemade cashew milk, but you can use cow’s milk or any other milk of choice.
And once you have all your ingredients together, you just mix them in a large mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight.
Now that your oats are getting all nice and thick in the fridge, it’s time to make your apple pie “filling”. This is the key to making this breakfast taste like a truly decadent dessert.
But the secret is…it’s totally healthy!
All you need for the filling is 5 ingredients:
- Maple Syrup
- Chia seeds
Essentially, you’re making a quick apple chia jam (or a thick apple sauce depending on how you look at it) to use as your layering for the overnight oats.
And it couldn’t be easier to make: just toss everything in the pot together (minus the chia), bring it to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. Once the apples have started to soften and the mixture has thickened up, stir in your chia seeds.
Then when you’re ready to serve scoop the overnight oats into jars or glasses and top with the apple pie filling. Or if you want to get a little fancy, you could make parfaits!
What I love most about this recipe, aside from the fact that I get to enjoy dessert for breakfast, is that it takes almost zero hands on time!
The oats sit overnight and the apple pie filling just simmers away by itself. That means you can spend your morning a little more relaxed. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Alyssa is the blogger and cook behind Simply Quinoa, a gluten-free website dedicated to healthy food, always with a little quinoa twist.