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Overnight Oatmeal Breakfast: Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats Recipe

This recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats is flavored with the apple pie flavors, have chunks of real honeycrisp apples, and are super simple to make thanks to soaking overnight! With a little prep work the night before, you can have these Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in less than 10 minutes for your morning breakfast.

I love overnight steel cut oats. Soaking the steel cut oats overnight makes them cook up especially fast in the morning. And who doesn’t want to eat something that tastes like Apple Pie for breakfast?

If you find yourself rushed to get in a good breakfast in the morning before work or dropping kids off at school, you need to give this recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats a try!

Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Creating this Recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

I’ve had this recipe idea for Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in my head for months but it’s only just recently been cool enough for me to want a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast. For the base recipe I used Cherry and Tangerine Oatmeal, another recipe that we love.

I definitely prefer steel cut oats to regular oatmeal, with the exception of my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.

I like texture in my oatmeal, something that I can chew. Steel cut oats provide that crunch. As far as nutrition benefits, from what I can see the steel cut oats have more fiber and they take longer to digest so you stay feeling full longer.

What are the best apples to use in this recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

What’s so great about this base is that it’s an overnight recipe, so the oats hardly take any time in the morning to cook. I used Honeycrisp apples for this because they are my favorite, but Pink Lady, or Granny Smith would also work well.

Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

This is the perfect no-effort breakfast for me. I like to eat a healthy and delicious breakfast, but that doesn’t mean I always do it.

We’re usually rushing to get out the door in time for school and if I haven’t eaten before the kids get up I’ll grab a string cheese and a granola bar to tie me over until I get home. I like that this is easy to put together the night before and only takes a few minutes to cook in the morning.

Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Can I Make Substitutions in this recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats?

You can easily substitute other spices and fruit using the same proportions featured in this recipe for different flavors of overnight steel cut oats.

Try pureed pears or homemade pearsauce instead of applesauce for another fall breakfast idea and chunks of fresh, ripe pears.

If you have a craving for oatmeal in the summer, try substituting pureed peaches or apricots for the applesauce.

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Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

This recipe for Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats is flavored with the apple pie flavors, have chunks of real honeycrisp apples, and are super simple to make thanks to soaking overnight!


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 ounces all-natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, if desired
  • 1 1/2 cups apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped


  1. In a nonmetal bowl combine oats, brown sugar, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt.
  2. Stir in milk; cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours.
  3. To serve, transfer oatmeal mixture to a medium saucepan. Stir in 1 cup of apples, reserving the remaining 1/2 cup for garnish.
  4. Heat just to boiling; reduce heat.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until oatmeal is done, adding additional milk if desired and stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat. Spoon into 4 bowls; sprinkle with apples and pecans.
  7. Serve with additional milk, if desired.


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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 341Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 9mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 7gSugar 17gProtein 10g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Sunday 27th of March 2022

Can you eat them without cooking them or by cooking before doing the overnight. Trying to find a way to get out the door fast without heating. Thanks for you advice.


Monday 28th of March 2022

I have not tried either option. You could do the overnight option and then batch cook and save in individual portions that you just reheat in the morning the day you plan to eat them


Thursday 9th of August 2012

I came to your site via a search on Foodgawker for pearsauce. My 7 month old loves it!! I ended up at this recipe from the previous recipe. Me and my 3 year old loved the overnight steel cut oatmeal. It was my first time preparing steel cut oats. I'm hooked. Your website is gorgeous and I love all the recipes you share. Thank you!


Monday 19th of September 2011

Heidi- would Agave nectar work for you? It is a natural sweetener


Saturday 17th of September 2011

Has anyone made this using splenda's brown sugar? I am diabetic and it sounds delicious but I don't know about the brown sugar.


Sunday 18th of September 2011

I have never used Splenda. Sorry I can't help on that.


Saturday 17th of September 2011


Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up Have a great weekend!

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