Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe, from - Repin to save!

I am thrilled to introduce Lauren, a.k.a. The Oatmeal Artist. Her 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…

Tip: Serve this breakfast in individual mason jars.

Applesauce overnight oatmeal.5 minutes prep, and breakfast is waiting for you in the morning!

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.

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.

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe, from - Please repin!

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 friends, Tiffany. On our second day together, we planned to meet early at our favorite coffee shop. They make some killer homemade granola and 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.

At one point during our 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. 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:haleyblogcomment

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.

Applesauce overnight oatmeal recipe. Throw everything in a jar, and the next morning you have a delicious breakfast waiting for you. Repin to save!

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.Oatmeal risotto recipe

Check out my oatmeal recipe on Lauren’s blog (oatmeal risotto, pictured above)

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Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal
Yield: 1 serving

Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal

This recipe easy and thrifty. 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 10 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.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


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


  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.

30 Responses to “Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal”

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    [email protected] 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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    [email protected] — August 2, 2013 @ 8:50 am

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

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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:

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    Gillian — May 26, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you had the recipe for your applesauce? (the one that takes 10 minutes in your microwave hehe)

    • Haley replied: — May 27th, 2014 @ 1:36 am

      Hey Gillian!
      The recipe I use this:
      Peel and core one apple. Chop into small pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl. Top with one tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Microwave for about three minutes, stirring about half way through. You may need to microwave a bit longer if the apples are still hard. Stir well to make a sauce (or pop the cooled apples in a blender and puree for a couple of seconds). Voila!

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    Holly S. — June 10, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    Stumbled upon your blog. Making this tonight for breakfast tomorrow! Looks goooooood! Now you are saved into my bookmarks and so is The Oatmeal Artist! Yummy! My question though: can I heat up the oatmeal right in the mason jar (without lid of course), or should I use a separate dish? Thanks a bunch!!

    • Haley replied: — June 10th, 2014 @ 4:17 am

      Yes, you can totally microwave the mason jar! Hope you enjoy 🙂

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    Holly S. — June 10, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    I just dove into my first jar. Yumm-o! Thank you and my freshly dental worked mouth thanks you. I am now hooked! Gentle on my mouth, good for my body, and yummy in my tummy! 😉

    • Haley replied: — June 11th, 2014 @ 2:30 am

      Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Holly 🙂 Hope your mouth feels better soon!

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    Barb Sknner — June 15, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    the overnight oatmeal looks great. Haven’t had a chance to try it, but will!!! I have been looking for something like that, that can be eaten cold!!! I love oatmeal in the winter time and eat it everyday, but summertime is to hot for oatmeal. This will be the trick. Can do variations with this. Oatmeal is so versatile!!! Thanks for this information!!!

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    Jennifer — July 28, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    Do you have your homemade applesauce recipe posted? I would love to try this, especially with homemade applesauce!

    • Haley replied: — August 1st, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

      Hey Jennifer! I posted one previously in the comments above (look for the comment on May 27, 2014)

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    Lauren — September 29, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

    Will they keep for more than one night in the fridge? Like if I were to make two or three on Sunday for the week?

    • Haley replied: — September 30th, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

      Should be ok for a couple of days! I would start with 2 and go from there.

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    Kristyn — October 1, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    Have you tried this with steel cut oats?

    • Haley replied: — October 3rd, 2014 @ 2:53 am

      No, I haven’t. But I don’t think it would work because steel cut oats generally need to be cooked. But correct me if I’m wrong!

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    Geneviève — October 31, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Thanks for your overnight oatmeal recipes! It was delicious 🙂 Now, I just want to eat the same thing for lunch…

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    JackieP — February 9, 2015 @ 3:00 am

    I have saw the overnight oatmeal recipe several months ago but have been hesitant to make. Well I am taking the plunge tonight. I really hope it it blows my mind as it has others. JP

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    ChristineM — May 23, 2015 @ 5:37 am

    I have been looking for a easy oatmeal to make that my daughter would eat.. Was just wondering does it matter what kind of milk I used silk milk vanilla smells good

    • Haley replied: — May 23rd, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

      You can use soy milk, almond milk, regular milk – pretty much any type of milk!

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    Mickey — June 27, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

    sounds good. What kind of rolled oats you use? Can use large flake oats and
    oat bran? I love oat bran porridge but oat bran requires 1/3 cup  or …2 or 3 tbsp
    of oat bran. I will make it soon. thanks.

    • Haley replied: — July 1st, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

      Plain old-fashioned oats work best. You can also use quick oats, but it may turn out a little mushier. I don’t know about oat bran… if you try it let me know how it works out.

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    Mary — December 18, 2015 @ 6:23 am

    I just mixed up my first portion for breakfast in a few hours. I tasted it and can already tell that I will be making this regularly. Yum! Thank you!

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