I've always been a big fan of overnight oats, but my oldest? Not so much. I recently figured out why and I came up with a nice work-around that tastes great and still packs a lot of nutrition into each portion. This method for Applesauce Overnight Oats is super simple to mix together, it stores well for future meals, and it's a make-ahead breakfast option that the whole family will enjoy, even the little ones.
So here's the thing: L does not like chia seeds when she can see them or when they gel a mixture super firm. (She loves them in Blueberry Chia Seed Jam though!) I abandoned overnight oats for a while since I'm so used to including chia seeds, but it recently dawned on me that I could skip them all together! And, since the baby loves yogurt, I thought that this applesauce version would be great for her as well.
All you need to do for this recipe is to stir the ingredients together the night before and let them sit in the fridge until breakfast time. The applesauce provides a serving of fruit and natural sweetness, the whole milk yogurt adds calcium, protein, and fat for staying power, a little cinnamon adds flavor, and hemp seeds boost it all with healthy omega fats and fiber.
Hemp seeds, which are lightly colored and don't cause liquids to gel the same way that chia and ground flaxseeds do, are a recent addition to my pantry. I started keeping them on hand during my recent pregnancy since just 2 tablespoons has 6 grams of protein and they kind of don't taste like anything—which makes them ideal to add to so many foods. (We really love them in smoothies since they completely blend right in!) And in this recipe, it's likely that no one will even notice them, though you'll feel good knowing that there are extra nutrients tucked inside.
Applesauce Overnight Oats
These make a nice and simple meal on their own, but feel free to add additional thinly sliced apples (which your little can dip into the yogurt if they'd like).
Makes 1-2 toddler servings
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ground finely in a food processor or blender
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Stir all ingredients together in a small airtight container overnight. Serve chilled for breakfast, a snack, or as a lunch or dinner component.
Variations: Try ground flaxseed instead of the hemp seed, add 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, or try a different fruit puree in place of applesauce.
The suction bamboo bowl pictured here is by Avanchy. We love it!