Breakfast and oatmeal go hand in hand. Sometimes, though, cooking time is limited and you need something quick and ready to eat.

I’ve found a tasty, make-ahead alternative in overnight oats, similar to Bircher muesli or other preparations that let oats soak up liquids and flavors over time. I like to try out different combinations with various fruits and nuts.

The star among my overnight oats experiments features Cosmic Crisp® apples, one of the delicious foods developed by Washington State University. Combining the tart-sweet flavor of Cosmic Crisps with spices, nuts, and other additions makes a wonderful base.

Add granola on top, and it transforms into something like apple pie for breakfast.


Cosmic Overnight Oats

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups oat milk

1 Cosmic Crisp® apple, peeled or unpeeled, chopped into half-inch cubes

¼ cup almonds or other nuts

¼ cup raisins or dates

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup flaxseed meal

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Dash of salt

Granola, for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until fully mixed. Transfer oat mixture to Mason jars and seal them. Refrigerate the oat mixture for 12 hours or more.

Yield: This amount typically fills two one-pint jars and one half-pint jar.

Note: Overnight oats can last for up to five days refrigerated.

To serve: Place desired amount in a bowl, and sprinkle with granola, if desired.


Learn more

Oats (In Season, Fall 2023, Washington State Magazine)

More recipes for oats—from the past to the present

Oats then and now: A Q&A with an expert

Cosmic Crisp® apple recipes