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Guest Post: Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about oatmeal?

No matter what your answer, get ready to get a lot more excited about the humble oat. I am thrilled to host a guest post by Lauren, a.k.a. The Oatmeal Artist. Her whole blog is devoted to healthy and delicious oatmeal recipes. And I found out about this girl and her blog in the most random way. Please keep reading to find out more…

From Lauren @ The Oatmeal Artist

Hey, everyone! My name is Lauren, and you and I already have at least one thing in common:  we like cooking on the cheap. For me, this means starting my day with a bowl of porridge. Once considered a “peasant food,” oatmeal now boasts quite a fan following! I know this because the readers of my blog, The Oatmeal Artist, never stop raving about their obsession with oatmeal. I, of course, understand this addiction; I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast religiously for the past two years.

An exception to this daily routine occurred just a few weeks ago when I returned to my college stomping grounds to visit one of my dear friends, Tiffany. On our second day together, we planned to meet freakishly early at our favorite coffee shop. They make some killer homemade granola and divine baked oatmeal, but due to some poor decisions we made the night before, I arrived in less than mint condition. So instead, I ordered my go-to hangover breakfast:  peanut butter on a toasted bagel.

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe

At one point during our munch-and-chat session, I glanced across the room and something caught my eye. I spotted the wide and shallow bowl, the silver spoon, the steamed milk…and I spiraled down into deep food envy—another customer was experiencing my beloved baked oatmeal. I loathed myself at that moment for being too ill to order that precious bowl of baked oats, floating in steamed milk with berries bouncing around like little duckies around it. But alas, I possessed nothing but dehydration and a toasted bagel. Curse that gin and tonic!

A few hours later, I returned to the apartment I was staying at, checked my email, and found some new blog comments. My mouth dropped:

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Haley and I had been sitting across from each other at the coffee shop that morning—she eating the oatmeal, and I the bagel. Mind. Blown.

About The Recipe: Overnight Oatmeal

Luckily, most mornings I get to enjoy my oatmeal as usual. In fact, even during the school year, when my alarm goes off at 5:30 and I have to be at school and ready to educate by 7, I still manage to have my morning oats. How did I do it? Overnight oatmeal.

Overnight oatmeal is a magical creation. It literally prepares itself. You throw the ingredients in a mason jar (or any sealable container), mix them up, and the oats absorb the liquids overnight, making them soft and pudding-like. No cooking necessary! You can eat them cold, but I throw mine in the microwave for a minute and a half because I like the comfort of hot porridge.

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe

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Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 2 min

This recipe is almost embarrassingly easy, as well as wonderfully thrifty! Of course, there’s room for personalizing it because you can use homemade applesauce, like I did. If you’re thinking that applesauce is too much work to make from scratch, guess what? I made mine in less than ten minutes using the microwave. And yeah, it’s just as good if not better than any applesauce I’ve ever had. If, however, you opt for a plain store-bought applesauce, make sure you add some cinnamon (or apple pie spices) to give it some more life.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice (optional, depending on applesauce)
Pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a sealable container (like a mason jar).
2. Stir the mixture, OR seal it tightly and shake vigorously until everything is thoroughly combined.
3. Place in the fridge overnight (or several hours). In the morning, eat cold or warm up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

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8 Responses to “Guest Post: Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal”

  1. 1

    SnoWhite@Finding Joy in My Kitchen — August 2, 2013 @ 3:26 am

    Oh my!!! Oatmeal for me is a 15! What a great recipe – just perfect for these fall like mornings we seem to be having lately.

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    Sabrina@earlymorningoats — August 2, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    How small the world is! I’m up for oats in any form!

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    WIAW: Blogging From The Train | city & the cubicle — November 13, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    [...] been eating The Oatmeal Artists’ applesauce overnight oats for a week now. I was hesitant of how applesauce would be with oats and thought the consistency [...]

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    Trial Tuesdays – Clearing out the backlog | Sprouts n Squats — November 25, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    [...] Apple Sauce Overnight Oats from Haley at Cheap Recipe Blog but is a guest post from Lauren at The Oatmeal Artist. If you are looking for a new and delicious spin on overnight oats….This is it!! You mix equal parts milk of choice, oats and applesauce and add cinnamon, mix up and leave overnight. I used apple sauce with a hint of strawberry and topped mine with walnuts and they were just so good. Once I am done with the breakfast challenge it will become a staple of mine for breakfast for sure. [...]

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    30 Breakfast Ideas | Sprouts n Squats — November 30, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    [...] 18: Apple Sauce Overnight Oats from Haley at Cheap Recipe Blog but is a guest post from Lauren at The Oatmeal [...]

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    Karen - 2Teaspoons — February 8, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

    I’m printing this recipe out for my husband as we speak! He loves oatmeal and I’m sure he’ll be excited to try one he doesn’t even have to cook! We both might need to try some baked oatmeal soon too! The cafe you described sounds sublime :-)

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    Heather J — April 7, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    Hello! I was wondering if you had the Nutritional information available? I know it will depend on what type of milk I use and such, but was hoping for a possible outline?

    • Haley replied: — April 8th, 2014 @ 2:15 am

      Hey Heather,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have the nutritional stats available, but if you are interested, you could plug the information into this tool and find out:
      http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

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