Until a few years ago, breakfast was not a favorite meal of mine. I almost never 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 of 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 then 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 in the container and go so it’s great for when you are on road trips.
- You can dress it up almost anyway you like.
Some overnight oatmeal recipes call for yogurt while other’s 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 up 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 if using.
- Put the lid on and shake up.
- Place in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.
- When you are ready to eat it, take it out of fridge. Allow to sit on the counter for 10 or so minutes to take the chill off.
- Add the nuts, if using.
- Enjoy your breakfast!