In Florida, we just get to pretend it’s fall around this time of year, and what better way to pretend, than a warm bowl of oatmeal that tastes like an apple pie?
I’m probably a little late to the “overnight oats” train but I don’t care. I discovered them about two years ago when I was trying to lose weight and I ended up enjoying them so much they became a staple in my breakfast rotation.
Cap’n Crunch is also still part of the rotation but not as frequent.
The Oats themselves are kind of like a blank canvas, allowing for tons of variations & always an interesting breakfast. Not to mention that oats are a great source of fiber and protein – which means you feel fuller, longer. BONUS: oats are super inexpensive (I got 42oz for $2.39 at Aldi) and perfect for those learning to meal prep.
(this will make 5 bowls)
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats)
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 1/2 cups milk of choice (I use original, unsweetened almond milk)
- Optional: a handful of chopped walnuts, flax seed meal (for extra fiber and protein)
- 5 containers (these don’t need to be fancy, I buy bowl/sandwich size containers from the dollar store…but if you are dedicated to meal prep then invest in some good glass containers)
- Measuring cups
- Set out the five containers, assembly line style
- Measure out 1/2 cup of oats and dump into each container
- Sprinkle cinnamon over each container. Personally I think the more cinnamon the better, which is why I didn’t specify an amount.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar to each container.
- You can do one of two things at this point: either do, or don’t add the wet ingredients. I don’t add the milk to each serving until the night before I plan to eat it, in the event that I don’t get a chance to eat every breakfast that I prepared for that week.
- So: I stack all of my containers next to the fridge (remember, they only have dry, non perishable ingredients at this point) and when I go to bed, I measure out 1/2 of milk, and 1-2 Tablespoons of applesauce and then stick it in the fridge overnight (or in a pinch, at least 4 hours)
- If you want to make them ALL ahead of time, just keep them in the fridge and don’t forget to eat them!
- Also, these can be eaten cold but taste 100x better warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Have you made overnight oats before? What was your favorite way to make them? I love fresh ideas – leave me a comment below!