There was something about missing out on all the beautiful Autumn moments when we lived in South Florida (still in the 90’s at this time of year) that makes us really enjoy this season to the fullest now.
Apple picking, pumpkin patches, playing in the leaves with the kids, hay rides, apple pie and apple cider and cider donuts...we do allll the things. Each fall since we moved to New England, we’ve made it a point to go to the apple orchard as soon as the weather turns a little cooler.
The kids love being able to pick their own fruit, see the horses, play on the wooden train set out front, get cider donuts from the market inside and just enjoy the crisp air.
We always end up with an over abundance of apples (you try reeling in over-eager kids and telling them to only pick a few...)
So I’m trying to get creative this year with ways to use them. I don’t have the energy to bake a pie, although that sounds delicious. If anyone wants to make us one please come over and I’ll provide the apples and a few little helpers 😆
Something I’m a big fan of though is simple, prepped ahead of time, healthy foods that give me energy and keep me full for a long time. So I’ve been doing overnight oats for a while now because you can make it up the night before, there’s a million different combos, and it’s all ready to go in the morning, and easily portable as a bonus. My go to over the summer has been blueberry and bananas, but for the start of the fall and to use up some of our excess apples, apple cinnamon it is 🎉 real maple syrup mixed in is just so so good.
I attached my recipe below, feel free to modify it to your own taste. Include the chia seeds if you can though, they’re so good for you! Protein, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory.. so many benefits.
If you try it, let me know what you think!
And if you have any favorite fall activities or traditions that I missed, let me know so I can add it to our list 😉
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup milk (I used macadamia)
1 tsp chia seeds
1/4 of a small apple diced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dash of vanilla
Dash of sea salt
1-2 tsp real maple syrup (or however much you want)
Add everything in to a mason jar, give it a quick mix and that’s it! Seal tightly, refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning in your favorite bowl hot or cold, or bring it anywhere in the same mason jar. 👌