Pressed for time in the morning, but don’t want to skimp on a nutritious and filling breakfast? Make these Apple Overnight Oats and breakfast will be ready for you as you run out the door!
On these chilly mornings, the snooze button has been becoming my best friend. Overnight oats save my mornings when I leave myself just 20 minutes to get out the door. With just a little prep the night before I know breakfast is ready for me, so I don’t feel guilty for getting those extra 10 (errr 20) minutes of sleep.
After many mornings of overnight oats, I am always looking for new flavor combos. The base of my overnight oats is typically a plain yogurt or kefir with fruit along with the oats. I often hear that plain yogurt is too tangy and tart. One of my favorite RD tips is to stir in unsweetened applesauce. It adds that sweetness without adding added sugars like flavored yogurts have. Plus, adding a pinch of cinnamon, it adds that perfect sweetness.
Adding cooked apples make these overnight oats tastes like dessert. I love apple pie, but I typically only eat the filling of the apples and ditch the crust. The soft apples add that extra element of sweetness from the apples being cooked down.
- 2 small apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1½ tablespoons cinnamon, divided
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup plain yogurt (I used Siggi's)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- In a small pot combine, chopped apples, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Heat over low heat until apples soften. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- In a bowl, combine oats, applesauce, yogurt, chia seeds, and remaining cinnamon. Distribute oat mixture evenly between two mason jars. Add walnuts evenly over the oats, then top with the cooked apples.
- Seal with a lid and store in the refrigerator overnight.