Maple Pecan Overnight Oats

by Pamela

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Today’s post is not about some life changing meal, ingredient or event (although is anything I write about really that Earth shattering?). Nope today’s post is all about throwing out some breakfast ideas…well, A. breakfast idea really. Overnight oats. I’m sure you’ve seen about a thousand recipes for overnight oats on this here interwebs and I’m not going to try and tell you that mine will change your life, but it is pretty damn delicious. Besides, you should be eating breakfast everyday anyway. So who couldn’t use a couple of new breakfast ideas every now and then?

My recipe for overnight oats is a little different than the majority of the recipes out there. This one is based on my love for bircher muesli which is the mixture of grains and milk, juice and/or yogurt with more fruit than grains.

News flash — it’s apple season. So I mix up a combination of rolled oats (don’t use instant…you’ll end up with a pile of mush), fresh cut apples and yogurt. Okay, I also go all fancy schmancy with the yogurt because I’ve been making my own whole milk plain yogurt. But you can just as easily use the store bought stuff. (But I highly recommend trying a batch of your own homemade stuff…you’ll be hooked.) No, I don’t mix the oats with milk, let them sit overnight then stir in the yogurt. I just skip the whole milk thing all together.

Overnight Oats Recipe

While lots of breakfast recipes are either overly indulgent or calorie deserts, overnight oats lie somewhere in the middle. It’s also a ridiculously easy thing to assemble and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. Because there are so few ingredients necessary to put this together, you really can enjoy it as a simple breakfast or dress it up and put it out for guests at a nice brunch. (This is one of the very few food items I can justify putting into those stupid trendy canning jars.)

I highly recommend using a looser yogurt (not one of those that’s about as solid as concrete in its container). This gives the oats more liquid to plump up with. If you use a thicker yogurt, you could add a bit of milk or water to thin it out. But adding lots of chopped apples adds a bit more liquid to the mix. It also adds the touch of sweetness you’re looking for to cut some of the tang of the yogurt. You could use dried apples/fruit to the overnight oats mix but remember that they will also absorb the liquid too, so you may be left with a super thick breakfast in the morning.

Breakfast Ideas - Overnight Oats Recipe

This is one of my favorite breakfast ideas and I like to make this up in big batches and make up a slightly different version each morning (it’s a great way to use up those bits and pieces of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cereals and syrups that you don’t want to throw away but don’t have quite enough for a full recipe). After cleaning up one of my cupboards, I happened to find a LOT of those odds and ends things so this breakfast batch was turned into Maple Pecan Overnight Oats. There’s a bit of maple syrup at the bottom of the jar, spoonfuls of the oat and apple mixture and I topped it off with some pumpkin granola cereal, sliced apples, dried raisins and toasted pecans. I was definitely full until lunch. Craig loved the extra sweetness from the maple syrup (he’s the one with the sweet tooth in our house).

So scope out your kitchen and see what you’ve got hanging around that would taste great in your morning meal. I’m sure you’ve got lots more than you think. And whip up some overnight oats to fill you up and get you on your way. Oh, you want something a little bit warmer on these chilly mornings? Just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off of it.

Maple Pecan Overnight Oats
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Need breakfast ideas to simplify your morning? Overnight oats fills you up and frees you up. Mix and match ingredients for a different breakfast every day.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swiss
Serves: 2
  • ¾ Cups Rolled Oats (not instant oats)
  • 1½ - 2 Cups Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Medium Apples (cored and diced)
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Maple Syrup (optional)
  • Toasted Pecans (optional)
  • Granola (optional)
  1. Add oats to a medium container.
  2. Spoon yogurt in with the oats and toss in the apples.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and touch of nutmeg then stir to combine everything.
  4. Cover the container and slide into the refrigerator overnight.
  5. In the morning, create a parfait by pouring maple syrup into bottom of bowl and spoon overnight oats over top. Top with pecans, granola and more diced apples or with your toppings of choice.
Feel free to add flax seeds, chia seeds or cooked quinoa to the yogurt and oatmeal mixture for the overnight soak. You could also use fresh pears in place of the apples.


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Dina November 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

looks like a yummy breakfast!

john@kitchenriffs November 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

Great looking oats! I almost never do the overnight version of oats – definitely something I should try, particularly with the terrific flavors you’ve included in your recipe. I find with that “concrete” yogurt that if you beat it with a whisk for a minute or so it really loosens up and has a nice texture. Good stuff – thanks.

Pamela November 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thanks John,
Whipping the thick yogurt does help a lot (excellent point). Previously, my idea of overnight oats was making steel cut oats in the slow cooker overnight. Still do that, but this is a nice change…and gets me a little more protein in the morning.

Jane November 3, 2013 at 6:37 am

This looks fab, and healthy as well. Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast, and this looks like a winner, making for tomorrows breakfast.

Pamela November 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

Enjoy Jane!

Dawn November 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

It was delicious! I’m sure we will make it again sometime! A perfect fall breakfast!

Pamela November 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

I’m so glad that you liked it Dawn. 🙂

Georgie November 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Beautiful and delicious!

Pamela November 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

Thanks Georgie!

Dawn K November 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

That sounds delicious and we have everything in the house already. My daughter needs a good breakfast before work tomorrow. This sounds perfect!

Pamela November 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Then you’re going to love this recipe Dawn. Oh, you’re daughter will too. You can make this as “pimped out” as you want or as simple as you like too. You could add a bit of vanilla extract to get a little sweetness too without the maple syrup. Hope you 2 enjoy. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

What a lovely thing to wake up to. I love a breakfast I don’t have to slave over and that’s really pretty to look at too.

Pamela November 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I know Maureen. I love oatmeal, but unless I think about getting the slow cooker out…it just doesn’t happen. I’ve always got the basics around to make this and no traipsing the heavy slow cooker back into the house. 😉 Plus, you guys are getting into summer. This is perfect for those hot morning. Please tell John I say hello.

Pamela July 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hi Amanda, wait until you taste them…I couldn’t stop eating them – even plain. 😉

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