There are so many things to love about these apple cinnamon overnight oats. They are easy to meal prep for those busy mornings when you need something quick, they are the perfect amount of sweetness, and they bring together all your favorite fall flavors in just one bowl. Filled with Vanilla Overnight Oats, Applesauce, and Fried Apples, these awesome overnight oats can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dessert! They take less than 5 minutes to prepare and will be ready to enjoy the following day or later in the afternoon.
In a large mason jar or container with a secure lid, combine the oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to overnight.
For the homemade applesauce. Place the peeled, cored, quartered and chopped apples in a large pot. Add the water, sugar, ground cinnamon and salt and stir. Bring to a boil on high heat, then turn to low and cover. Maintain a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and cooked through.
Once fully cooked, remove from heat. For a chunky applesauce, mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher. For a smooth applesauce, add to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (if using a blender, work in batches and allow time to cool).
For the cinnamon fried apples. Melt butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the butter until melted. Add the apples, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Stir well to combine. Continue to cook the apples until they are soft, but not mushy. Remove from heat and stir in the ground cinnamon.
Assemble. Add the desired amount of overnight oats to a bowl followed by homemade applesauce and warm, fried apples. Top each bowl with sliced almonds, chia seeds, and oats, if desired. Enjoy!