Until a few years ago, breakfast was not a favorite meal of mine. I rarely ate breakfast which is not a good habit to get into. Then I made a resolution in 2013 to eat breakfast every day. I did 98% of the time, but a few times, I forgot to – usually if I was sick. I’ve been getting into the habit of not eating breakfast some mornings or grabbing breakfast at school. Those breakfasts are not the healthiest, so I need to rethink breakfast once again.
In August 2013, I wrote a blog post about 6 Easy Breakfast Foods. One of the foods I mentioned is oatmeal. Oatmeal can be eaten hot or cold. It can be savory or sweet. I have not eaten savory oatmeal,, though. I took oatmeal packets with me to Walt Disney World when we went during my Spring Break in 2014 with a hot water kettle. Mornings were oatmeal and coffee and then running around the parks.
Lately, I have been craving oatmeal for breakfast. I tried to make some overnight oats for breakfast on Friday. However,, it was very runny. So I did not eat it since it was unappetizing.
I tried to make a different overnight oatmeal Friday night. It ended up being much better than Friday’s oatmeal. It tastes just like fall. Yum!
A year ago, I had made this recipe while the boys and I were on a road trip, so I knew it was good. However,, I stopped eating oatmeal for a while. Actually, I continued to eat oatmeal but in the form of granola.
So why is overnight oatmeal a great choice for breakfast?
- It can be made up the night before.
- You don’t need to cook anything. Just place it in the container and go, so it’s great for when you are on road trips.
- You can dress it up almost any way you like.
Some overnight oatmeal recipes call for yogurt, while others don’t. This one is one that does not call for yogurt. Instead, I use applesauce as the binder. You can either use homemade applesauce or store-bought. It’s totally up to you. If you are using unsweetened applesauce, feel free to sweeten the oatmeal with some honey. If you want to add some protein, add some nuts. I think walnuts are a great type of nut for this overnight oatmeal.
Onto the recipe:
Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal
Adapted from Cheap Recipe Blog
Stars of the recipe:
- 1/2 c. rolled oats (don’t use quick oats or steel-cut oats)
- 1/2 c. milk of choice (cow, almond, coconut – I used almond. It tasted wonderful.)
- 1/2 c. applesauce – (homemade or store-bought)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon or apple pie spice
- 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. honey or sweetener of choice – optional
- 1/4 c. chopped nuts – optional (I used walnuts.)
- In a jar or mason jar, place the oats, milk, applesauce, cinnamon, and sweetener.
- Put the lid on and shake it up.
- Place in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.
- When you are ready to eat it, take it out of the fridge. Allow sitting on the counter for 10 minutes to take the chill off.
- Add the nuts if using.
- Enjoy your breakfast!