Wow, it’s been a crazy semester- I can’t believe we haven’t posted since Halloween! November has truly flown by and now, the holiday season is here! I am writing to you all from the comfort of my couch at home with my family, my dog and a house full of cats (my parents have three, and of course Bumby had to come home with me).
This recipe is one that I concocted this semester to do healthy food tastings at several community sites I went to as part of my dietetics program, such as Women Infant and Children (WIC) facilities and various food pantries. While some people were hesitant to try it because, lets face it, it’s not the prettiest looking dish, several of who did were pleasantly surprised by all the flavor that something as basic as oatmeal could have. Not to mention it’s so easy! You don’t have to cook it or anything, just mix it together, toss it in your fridge at night and voila, you have breakfast!
It’s a great and healthy way to fill up with all the rushing around that comes with the holiday season. Plus, it can help keep away those extra pounds that tend to sneak up on us this time of year! Oatmeal is packed with fiber and protein to keep you full all morning long. It’s always my go-to when I know I have a busy morning.
This is a basic recipe with some fall flavors, but feel free to mix it up based on the season or your mood. Try adding a banana, berries, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, coconut or nuts-whatever you’re in the mood for! Not feeling like cold oatmeal? Well heat it up in the morning!
Cinnamon Apple Raisin Overnight Oats
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup real maple syrup (or other sweetener to taste)
1 ½ cup cold or room temperature water
1 Tbsp nut butter
1 large apple, chopped finely
6 Tbsp raisins
1. Combine oats, cinnamon and salt; mix until combined.
2. Add apple sauce, maple syrup, water and nut butter and mix until well combined.
3. Wash and chop the apple into small pieces, mix in with the raisins at the same time.
4. Scoop out into individual containers with lids to make a grab-and-go breakfast easier! Will keep in the fridge for 5 days.
What’s your favorite way to eat oats?
Peas and Love and Happy Holidays ❤