So what’s the deal with Overnight Oats? They seem to be everywhere these days, right? Well, it’s for good reason–they’re AWESOME. I love regular oatmeal, but during the summer that hot bowl of heavy oats is just not that appetizing. Overnight oats are the perfect answer. Here’s how it works: you combine dry oats, a liquid, and whatever other fun add-ins you want, refrigerate it over night (or up to 4-5 days) and the next morning you have a cold bowl of soft oats that have absorbed all the delicious flavors. Great, right? Well it’s even better when they’re apple pie flavored and don’t need any extra sugar to be scrumptious. #winning
I was a little afraid I’d have to add a disclaimer to this recipe about adding a drizzle of honey for those with a sweet tooth, but I honestly doubt you’ll need to do that. The unsweetened applesauce gave the bowl far more sweetness than I expected. Unsweetened apple sauce and a few warm spices was all that was needed to transformregular oats into an apple-pie-esque breakfast bowl.
And whats up with the dried currants? That’s kind of a “weird” ingredient and I don’t usually use weird ingredients. Well, when I was standing in front of the bulk bins at Whole Foods deciding which nuts and fruit I wanted in my overnight oats, I spotted the currants. Not only were they less expensive than raisins (the least expensive dried fruit of the bunch, in fact), but they did not have any added sugar, and were smaller than raisins, which I appreciated because they did not stick to my teeth the way raisins do. LOL. But, if currants are not available in your area, raisins will do just fine. :)
So, wanna see how easy this is?
No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- 1⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats $0.23
- ½ tsp cinnamon $0.03
- ¼ tsp ground ginger $0.02
- ¼ tsp ground cloves $0.02
- ½ cup chopped walnuts $1.38
- ¼ cup dried currants $0.43
- 2 cups milk $0.62
- 1⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce $0.89
- Gather four 12oz. mason jars or any other type of small resealable container. To each container add the following ingredients in this order: ⅓ cup oats, ⅛ tsp cinnamon, 1/16 tsp ginger*, 1/16 tsp cloves, 2 Tbsp walnuts, 1 Tbsp currants, ½ cup milk, and ⅓ cup applesauce.
- Place the lids on the containers and refrigerate at least over night and up to 4-5 days.
- When ready to eat, simply dig in with a spoon, or empty the contents of the jar or container into a bowl and enjoy.
Step by Step Photos
Gather four 12oz. mason jars or any other type of resealable container. To each container add 1/3 cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/16 tsp ground ginger, and 1/16 tsp ground cloves. For the 1/16th tsp measures I just used a 1/8 tsp measuring spoon and filled it about half way.
Next get your walnuts and dried currants. You can use just about any dried fruit and nut that you like. Sliced almonds and raisins are also good choices. Chop the walnuts so that you can get a little piece in every bite instead of a large chunk every now and then. Add about 2 Tbsp of chopped walnuts and 1 Tbsp dried currants to each container.
Pour 1/2 cup milk on top of the ingredients in each jar. The oats will absorb the milk and soften over night. The spices will also flavor the milk. It’s SO yummy. :D
Finally add 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce to each jar. No need to stir the ingredients. Just cover the containers and refrigerate at least over night. I make four at a time and try to eat them all within 5 days.
You can eat your apple pie overnight oats straight from the jar, or empty the contents into a bowl and go from there. Either way, I didn’t find it necessary to stir at all. Just scooping a spoonful out of the jar gave me a good mix of ingredients every time. The oats will be soft, but you’ll still have some cold, liquid milk (unlike cooked oats where it’s all a thick paste). It’s really wonderful!