Overnight oats have taken the world by storm, and one bite of these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats will convince you why. It’s incredibly simple to prepare this meal the night before and just let time take care of the rest. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be treated to tender oats and softened apples in a slightly smoky-sweet and spiced sauce. The apple cinnamon goodness pairs perfectly with your hot coffee or morning tea. Once you taste this, your old go-to box of cereal will be a thing of the past!


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided into separate 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar plus more to taste, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped (Gala or Honeycrisp recommended)


Step 1 –Select a bowl or container that you wish to eat out of later. While mason jars are very picturesque, using one is strictly optional. A sealable bowl, cup, or classic Tupperware works perfectly.

Step 2 –Combine the oats, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Make sure you mix them thoroughly so the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon are evenly distributed.

Step 3 –Nestle about half of the chopped apple into the oats so they become saturated in the milk/sugar mixture.

Step 4 –Reserve the other half of the apple pieces, to use later for topping, in an airtight container in the fridge.

Step 5 –Place an airtight cover or plastic wrap over the top of the oats container.

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Step 6 –Put the container in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight or for at least 6 hours. This allows the oats time to soak in the milk and soften.

Step 7 –Remove the container or bowl from the fridge and uncover.

Step 8 –Cover the top with the reserved apple pieces and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Serve!