Delicious and easy no-cook method for apple overnight oats that you can prep the night before and have breakfast for your baby/toddler (and yourself) ready as soon as you get up. This recipe will give your baby important nutrients to help them grow.
If you've checked out the Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe, then you probably know that lately I've been trying to upgrade our overnight oats. They're a regular breakfast at our house.
Although Overnight Oats Chia Pudding remains the favorite, we've recently added all kinds of different overnight oats to our breakfast menu. And I'm excited to share them with you!
So while we wait for that delicious spring and summer fruits to come to season we are slowly waving winter goodbye with these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. A delicious and nutritious breakfast for those few cold mornings that we have.
Nutrition And Ingredients
- Contain a good amount of essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium
- A great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates
- Great source of fats, calories and fiber
- Better to use whole flaxseed (not ground) they contain more fiber and will more easily absorb moisture
- Contain a good amount of fiber and manganese
- When choosing apples for this recipe, my choice would always be to go for the sweeter kind (e.g. Fuji or Gala). The sweeter your apples are, the sweeter the overnight oats will be
- If you are making for a really small baby (6 – 8 months) I would advise to peel off the skin because their digestive systems might not be able to digest them yet
- Apples are a wonderful source of nutrients of which fiber and vitamin C are the highest
- Most of my recipes have whole milk as an ingredient because I mainly make them for my 22-month old son, but it is easily substituted with a lower fat version plant-based version
- High in protein, fat, calcium and calories so a great ingredient to use when needing to boost up the calorie and nutrition content of toddler meals
- Omit the sweetener altogether if your baby is under 1 as it is unnecessary for them to get used to sweet oatmeal
- One of the most widely available natural sweeteners. But you can easily replace it with date or maple syrup.
- Agave syrup like other natural sweeteners is better than regular sugar because it doesn’t spike up the blood sugar as fast and therefore has a better impact on overall health and energy levels throughout the day
- One of my favorite breakfast spices (apart from raw cocoa powder) because just a small pinch can make all the difference
From What Age Can a Baby Eat This?
You can make this for a baby at any age (subject to testing that the baby is not allergic to any ingredients). You can puree the whole mixture if you are still in puree feeding phase, just avoid the sweetener because it is unnecessary at this stage.
Because we use whole milk, it is not advisable to make this for babies under 1. But you can substitute whole milk with the same amount of breastmilk or formula.
Can Adults Eat This?
Yes, but you may want to add some nut butter for yourself to build up on calories so you don't get hungry too fast.
How To Make Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Make the apple puree. Wash the apple and slice it into smaller pieces (peel it for babies under 8 months old). Put the apple into a blender, add the milk, cinnamon and agave syrup (omit for babies under 1) and blend into a smooth puree. Place the apple mixture into a mason jar or breakfast bowl and cover. Note: if you are in the puree feeding stage for your baby you can just add the dry ingredients (oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds) into the blender and blend altogether into a smooth puree.
Add the dry ingredients. Add the rolled oats, chia seeds and flaxseed into a mason jar or bowl with the apple puree mixture. Mix with a spoon so that all the dry ingredients are covered with the apple mixture.
Let it rest. Cover the mason jar / breakfast bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Serve. Take out of the fridge about half an hour before serving to reach room temperature. You can serve with some more chopped apples, nut butter, ground nuts or seeds.
Tips And Tricks For The Perfect Overnight Oats
Don't go overboard with cinnamon. Although cinnamon is a wonderful spice to use, especially in breakfast, you can easily use too much. And the taste won't be nice and "cinnamony" but rather a bit sour.
Know your texture preference. Each of us is different and prefers different textures. And that’s why overnight oats are so great because you can adapt them to your liking. This recipe provides the milk, seeds and oat amounts so that the final overnight oats are not too liquidy but also not firm. So if you like them more firm, just use a bit less milk or more oats and vice versa for a more liquidy texture.
Use a covered bowl/jar. I don’t have mason jars at home so what I do is use a regular breakfast bowl and simply cover it with a smaller plate.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet. To make sure that all the ingredients have really blended well together, it is advised that when preparing overnight oats you first mix all the wet ingredients and then add the dry ones to them.
Use whole flaxseed. It is better to use whole flaxseed rather than ground because whole contain more fiber and will more easily absorb moisture. But you can use either.
Omit sweetener for baby. If making for babies who are under the age of 1 year, I recommend you don’t use agave sweetener because it is just unnecessary as the apple should be sweet enough. And we also don’t want them to get used to food that is too sweet.
Possible Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Variations
Make them dairy-free. Instead of whole cow’s milk, you can use always substitute with plant-based milk. I would recommend if serving to toddlers to use calcium fortified plant-based milk just ensure that they are getting enough of that very important nutrient.
Use other natural sweeteners. Or don’t use them at all. As I already mentioned above, you don’t need to use agave syrup. You can easily substitute with any other sweetener. I would recommend only using natural ones like date syrup. But you can also go without them altogether, and certainly don't use honey if serving to an under-1-year-old.
Other Breakfast Oats
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp flaxseed
- 1 tsp agave syrup omit for babies under 1
- 1 apple medium-sized
- ½ cup whole milk 100ml / breastmilk / formula
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Wash the apple and slice it into smaller pieces (peel the apple for babies under 8 months old).
- Put the apple into a blender, add the milk, cinnamon and agave syrup and blend into a smooth puree (if you are still in the puree feeding stage for your baby then omit the agave syrup and add the oats, chia seeds and flaxseeds in this step to blend into a puree).
- Place the apple mixture into a mason jar or breakfast bowl.
- Add the rolled oats, chia seeds and flaxseed into a mason jar or bowl.
- Mix with a spoon so that all the dry ingredients are covered with the mixture.
- Cover the mason jar / breakfast bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Take out of the fridge at least half an hour before serving.
- You can serve with some more chopped apples, nut butter, ground nuts or seeds.
- Small Blender