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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of feedback the first overnight oats recipe I posted got. It generated a buzz of questions (“Do you eat this cold?” “Seriously – do you really eat this cold?” “Cold oats? for breakfast?” and the like) but has gotten a ton of great reviews, too. 

This recipe might be my favorite overnight oats flavor yet – it’s wholesome, simple, and filled with apple cinnamon goodness.

I’ve tried it with fresh cut apple and apple that soaked with the oats overnight – both ways are great (and neither is mushy).

What are overnight oats?
1. Overnight oats are easy to make. They take just a few minutes to assemble and are ready with zero fuss in the morning. You can even make them a couple of days at a time.
2. Overnight oats are really healthy.
3. Overnight oats are totally customizable. There’s a flavor (or ten) for everyone. Get your kids to make their own if they’re old enough to measure and pour – it’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.
4. If you’re out the door early in the morning, these are ready when you are and they’re portable.

Why Full Fat?
I’m a big believer in full-fat dairy products and use whole milk and whole milk yogurt in this recipe. Adding some fat to your oatmeal helps prevent a big carb sugar spike and will keep you feeling full much longer. That said, this recipe will still work with reduced fat dairy or alternative milk and yogurt products.

What are all of the add ins? Chia, Hemp, and Flax
Chia, hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds), and ground flax seeds might be new to you. They’ve all had their moment in the trendy food limelight and should be available at most grocery stores (but are always cheaper in bulk food bins). You can omit some or all of them if you don’t have them on hand or prefer to just add a bit of one and not the others.

Chia, hemp, and ground flax all add some great nutrition: omega-3s, healthy fat, fiber, and protein. They take a healthy oatmeal breakfast and make it even better. 

Prep Time: a few minutes

Cook Time: overnight

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Wholesome, easy, and perfect for busy mornings!

Ingredients:

Grown-Up Size (in a pint-sized jar)
1/3 c. rolled oats
1 t. chia seeds
1 t. hemp
1 t. ground flax seeds
1/3 c. milk
3 T. yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon 
2 T. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
1 t. brown sugar (or your sweetener of choice)
half a small apple

Half-Pint Size for Half-Pint Kiddos
1/8 c. rolled oats
1/2 t. chia seeds
1/2 t. hemp
1/2 t. ground flax seeds
3 T. milk
1 1/2 T. yogurt
1 T. unsweetened applesauce
1/8 c. chopped nuts
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
small handful of chopped apple

Directions:

1. Toss everything in a pint-sized mason jar (or half-pint size for little kids). I like to layer the yogurt first, then the oats and other dry ingredients, followed by the milk. 
2. Put a lid on it. Shake the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight.
3. If you want fresh apple in yours (which I highly recommend), chop it up and toss it in right before you eat it. The apple gets a bit mushy if you let it soak overnight.

Update to the "Do you really eat this cold?" questions
I've gotten a lot of questions about how this is supposed to be eaten, but this is meant to be a cold breakfast (great for summertime, too). I suppose you could warm it if you really want, but don't heat it too much or you'll kill the good bacteria from the yogurt. 



   

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