This Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe is not only yummy but makes a good case for helping with weight loss. The sweet, crisp apple pairs beautifully with the chewy oats, plump juicy raisins, warm cinnamon, and crunchy walnut topping. Overnight oats are a quick, easy, and perfect grab-and-go breakfast for work, school, or traveling.
Nutritionally, this breakfast favorite is solid. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids from the ground flaxseeds and chopped walnut combined with the resistant starch and fiber of the rolled oats and antioxidants in the apple make this anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, and weight-loss friendly.
So, if you struggle with coming up with breakfast ideas or don’t have the time or desire to turn on the stove to make oatmeal in the morning hustle, then this Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats are a must-try.
Overnight oats for weight loss
Here are three ways this overnight oats recipe can help with weight loss.
- The resistant starch and fiber in the overnight oats feed the beneficial gut bacteria that produce short chain fatty acids. These short chain fatty acids can influence hunger and satiety hormones that help with weight loss.
- In addition to the magic of short chain fatty acids, overnight oats are rich in fiber, and that fiber makes you feel full. When you feel full, you're less likely to continue eating.
- This overnight oat recipe has a lower calorie density than others by omitting ingredients like coconut cream, excessive amounts of nut butter, or yogurt with added sugar. As a nutritionist, this recipe was intentionally developed to include just enough healthy plant fats from the ground flaxseeds and chopped walnut topping to make this a good source of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids while keeping the calorie density in check.
This Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe is an excellent breakfast option to help with weight loss goals, especially when combined with a menu that includes fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, and drinking those 8 to 10 glasses of water throughout the day.
This Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats has 7 key ingredients:
- Rolled oats
- Unsweetened plain almond milk
- Apple (I used Fuji, but any apple will do)
- Ground flaxseeds
- Chopped walnut for topping
How to Make Overnight Oats
There are a few different ways to whip this up. The fastest and easiest is to put all ingredients except the chopped walnut into a bowl and stir them together. Put it into a mason jar with a lid or whatever covered container you want and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Add chopped walnut just before serving.
If you want the fun layered effect with a surprise in every bite, follow these steps:
- Combine rolled oats, cinnamon, and unsweetened almond milk in a container and refrigerate covered for at least two hours or overnight.
- Put a few tablespoons of the soaked oats at the bottom. Then add ground flaxseeds and some diced apple. The liquid from the soaked oats and juices from the apple will get soaked up by the flaxseeds.
- Continue to layer soaked oats, then raisins and diced apple. When you've layered in all the soaked oats and apple, top with chopped walnut and dust a little more cinnamon, that's it!
Overnight oats keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I love overnight oats because it's so easy to make several jars at once, which gets your meal prep game on for the week, especially when you are on the go or have a busy week ahead. And you will have fun putting these babies together. Kids love layering the jars. It feels like an art project!
While this recipe calls for you to refrigerate the oats with unsweetened almond milk for at least two hours, I have skipped the refrigerator step. In a mad rush, on several occasions, I've put all the ingredients into to-go container and took it with me to eat later. Since there are no animal-based ingredients, its not a requirement to refrigerate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Overnight oats are the sleeping beauty of breakfast options! The magic happens as the ingredients marinate overnight. The clear jars display the layers, color and texture which are easy on the eyes. Simply adding rolled oats, plant-based milk, flax or chia seeds and your favorite fruit in a mason jar and placing it in the fridge overnight gets you a delicious oat bowl that is creamy with a slightly chewy texture in the morning. The key to overnight oats is to make sure that all the solid ingredients are immersed in the plant-based milk.
It depends on the ingredients in the overnight oats recipe. But yes, this overnight oats recipe is healthy. The oats and fruit in this recipe are packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Flaxseeds and walnut topping is a good source of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Beyond this recipe, it's good practice to look out for added sugar. Adding sugar, syrups or artificial sweeteners can sabotage the healthiness. In this overnight oats recipe we use raisins and a fresh crisp apple to provide sweetness while maintaining the nutritional integrity.
Rolled oats is recommended for this recipe. Quick oats lack nutritional value and is highly processed and are also popular for being prepackaged with added sugar. Quick oats soften much faster and gives a mushy texture. Steel cut and oats groats although high on the nutrient density scale, the process of softening these types of oats is difficult and is harder to digest.
Yes! If you like your oatmeal warm you can microwave for about a minute or if you have time you can throw into saucepan and heat for a few minutes. Another option if you don’t like cold oats, is to take out your jar an hour before you eat it and allow it to warm up to room temperature. This is my favorite way to eat my overnight oats. If you are looking for a easy “peezy” solution to your morning breakfast rut then these overnight oats is a must try.