Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal
This is a guest post from Lauren, a.k.a. The Oatmeal Artist. Her blog is devoted exclusively 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.
Learning To Love Oatmeal
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 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: Applesauce 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.
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 Affordable Oatmeal Recipes
Oats are extremely affordable and can be prepared in so many different ways. Here are a few of my favorite oat-based recipes:
- Apple oatcakes (just $1 for two servings!)
- Simple baked oatmeal (just $.46 per serving!)
- Baked oatmeal cups
- Crock Pot apple oatmeal
- How to make steel cut oats in the slow cooker
- Apple-cinnamon in-a-mug cake
Do you want to immediately start saving money on the food you make? Follow me on Instagram, where I post new recipe updates and money-saving tips. I’ve got a bunch of great ideas up my sleeve.
- 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.