Apple Pie Overnight Oats

These overnight oats combine such warm flavors with cool & creamy oats.  It is the perfect treat to wake up to on a cold day to have with your morning coffee.  I made these oats four times last week and made them again last night before I went to bed.  They combine simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.  The oats are very quick to put together and easy to eat on your way out the door in the morning!

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I start the base of the oatmeal by combining old fashioned oats, vanilla greek yogurt, and unsweetened apple sauce.  Although I prefer steel cut oats, they unfortunately will not work for this recipe because they will not absorb the liquid the same way the old fashioned oats do.

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Mix everything together in a small bowl and then add the milk.  The consistency of the oats will be rather runny, but they will soak up all of the moisture overnight in the fridge.

IMG_0098 (1).jpgTop the oats with the cinnamon and nutmeg.  I have also used only cinnamon in this recipe if you do not have nutmeg, but the nutmeg adds a depth of flavor that the cinnamon alone does not create. Put the oats in your fridge with plastic wrap over the bowl or a lid if your bowl has one.

Make sure to refrigerate the oats for at least 6 hours to insure that they soak up all of the flavors and change to a thicker texture.

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In the morning I top the oats with the chopped apple, another sprinkle of cinnamon, a scoop of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey.  The apple pie flavors with the creamy oats and crunchy apple are such a treat in the morning!  If you prefer your apple to be more chewy, I suggest adding the apple to the oats the night before when you put them in the fridge.  I love the crisp apple against the smooth oats.  It is such a delicious breakfast!

-Amanda

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup chopped apple (honey crisp, granny smith, red delicious, any apple!)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. peanut butter

1 tsp. honey

 

Questions for you:

What is your favorite breakfast?  Do you enjoy hot or cold oats?

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