My admiration of the apple began in kindergarten on an apple orchard field trip. Though I’d done my fair share of fresh picked apple munching in my half-decade time, I was determined to use this classroom opportunity to take my biggest bite yet, resolute on getting a tooth to (finally) pop out of my mouth. None were loose, sticking firming in their rightful places, momentary dreams thus crushed, but to this day my autumnal apple esteem remains untarnished.
Taking that apple appreciation and making it breakfast accessible, this Apple Overnight Oats recipe celebrates the best of the season in a one-pot and make-a head-friendly format (perfect for those on-the-go or on a tighter budget looking for something portable and nourishing). A cozy and belly filling medley of chunky honey crisp apples simmered to perfection in warming spices, plumped superfood berries, and pure maple syrup, I serve my ooey-gooey oats with a dollop of almond milk yogurt, dried berries, and an extra scoop of granola for crunch.
Sweet Simmered Apple & Berry Overnight Oats [makes 4 servings]
2 honey crisp apples (1 pound), cored and rustically diced
2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk, divided
½ cup mixed dried berries (golden berries, mulberries, gojis)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch sea salt
1 1/3 cups oats (I used an oat, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth blend)
In a medium pot combine apples, ½ cup almond milk, dried berries, maple, and spices over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow mixture to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apples and dried berries are very soft. Remove from heat and stir in oats and remaining 2 cups of almond milk.
Divide mixture evenly into four Tupperware or mason jars, cover, and refrigerate, allowing mixture to chill for a minimum of 4 hours – overnight, or until it appears much thicker and oats are soft.
Serve cold, topped with your favorite toppings.
Nutritional Information [per serving = 1 cup]
340 Calories, 6.2g Fat, 66.5g Carbohydrates, 11.2g Fiber, 23/7g Sugar, 9.3g Protein
¼ cup dried berries or raisins
dollop of coconut or almond milk based yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, pecans, or walnuts
¼ cup granola of choice
1 medium banana, sliced into thin rounds