Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal
One of the cheapest breakfast recipes imaginable – not to mention insanely tasty and satisfying. Learn how to make applesauce overnight oatmeal and immediately start saving money on breakfast.
I am thrilled to introduce Lauren, a.k.a. The Oatmeal Artist. Her blog is devoted to healthy and delicious oatmeal recipes.
Overnight oats are the trifecta of breakfast recipes:
1) They’re one of the cheapest recipes imaginable;
2) They literally make themselves in the fridge overnight;
3) They can be prepared/flavored in so many different ways. Here’s one recipe to get you started.
Meet 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.
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 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.
Tip: Serve this breakfast in individual mason jars.
Check out my oatmeal recipe on Lauren’s blog (oatmeal risotto, pictured above)
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 you opt for a plain store-bought applesauce, make sure you add some cinnamon (or apple pie spices) to give it some more life.
More Apple/Oatmeal Recipes:
- Apple oatcakes (just $1 for two servings!)
- Simple baked oatmeal (just $.46 per serving!)
- Crock pot apple oatmeal
- Apple-cinnamon in-a-mug cake
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Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal
To make your own applesauce: Chop up one apple and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 3 minutes, until apples are soft. Once cooled slightly, place in a blender and puree until smooth.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (soy, almond, dairy, etc.)
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice (optional, depending on applesauce)
- Pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients in a sealable container (like a mason jar).
- Stir the mixture, OR seal it tightly and shake vigorously until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Place in the fridge overnight (or several hours). In the morning, eat cold or warm up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
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.
How small the world is! I’m up for oats in any form!
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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 🙂
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?
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:
Hi! I was wondering if you had the recipe for your applesauce? (the one that takes 10 minutes in your microwave hehe)
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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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!!
Yes, you can totally microwave the mason jar! Hope you enjoy 🙂
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! 😉
Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Holly 🙂 Hope your mouth feels better soon!
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!!!
Do you have your homemade applesauce recipe posted? I would love to try this, especially with homemade applesauce!
Hey Jennifer! I posted one previously in the comments above (look for the comment on May 27, 2014)
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?
Should be ok for a couple of days! I would start with 2 and go from there.
Have you tried this with steel cut oats?
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!
Thanks for your overnight oatmeal recipes! It was delicious 🙂 Now, I just want to eat the same thing for lunch…
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
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
You can use soy milk, almond milk, regular milk – pretty much any type of milk!
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.
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.
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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This was delicious! I meal prepped and ate it warm (microwave). My husband does NOT like overnight oats and was very skeptical. Even he said it was “much better than expected” lol. Thanks for the recipe!
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Can I just use water instead of milk?
Yes, you can use water to soak overnight oats in. You’ll want to use a 1.5:1 ratio of water to oats – so for easy math, combine 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of dry oats.