Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Are you looking for something to brighten up these dreary January mornings? Does all the fun and frolics of December seem like a million miles away? If so, I'm here with a new recipe for some overnight oats that will make mornings a lot more tasty and a lot easier when you present yourself and your Clean Little Tummies with little jars of flavoursome oats.
Yet again this week the dreaded sugar is in the press: Apparently we are eating DOUBLE the suggested intake, and most of it comes in the form of hidden sugar. Can you guess the worst culprit? Yup, breakfast cereals. They are right up there with the worst of the hidden sugar monsters. Going down the homemade route as much as you can, however, means you know exactly what is in your food, and what your Little Tummies are actually eating. With a quick, simple recipe like this one for breakfast, there's really no excuse to pour the Frosties in to the breakfast bowl. Aggh!
This recipe uses the same basic ingredients as my Super Easy Blueberry Overnight Oats, but this time we're mixing up the flavours and adding natural sweetness with apples, raisins and cinnamon. If you or your Clean Little Tummies aren't fans of raisins then leave them out or substitute them for another dried fruit. Cinnamon gives a warm flavour to the apple and makes the jar of oats feel like a real comfort food on a cold, snowy January morning. This recipe does take a little bit more preparation time than our Super Easy Blueberry Overnight Oats, but it is definitely worth it.
What do you need?
1 cup of oats
1 cup of milk (of your choice - we use almond, but any works well)
1/2 cup of natural yoghurt
These are the quantities I use to make enough for three Clean Little Tummies (aged 5, 3 and 1) so you may want to adjust the quantities depending on who you are feeding, but keep the ratios the same: 1:1:1/2. So 2 cups of oats would require 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of yoghurt. But don't forget, the oats expand, so 2 cups of oats would happily serve three adults!
2 apples, grated, you can remove the skin before grating but we prefer to leave it on
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp roasted chopped nuts. We like hazelnuts!
Grate the apples
Place the grated apple and cinnamon in a saucepan on a low heat with a tablespoon of water. Simmer until the apples are softened but not too mushy. (You can do this quicker by placing them in a microwavable dish, covering and heating for 2-3 minutes). Stir in the raisins for the last minute of cooking.
Leave the apples and raisins to cool.
Meanwhile mix the oats, yoghurt and milk in a bowl or mixing jug and stir well.
1) mix in the apples (making sure they are cold) and divide into jars or bowls
2) place a layer of the oat mixture, then top with apples and repeat until you have full jars.
Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Top with nuts or apple slices before serving
With Love From Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx
What are your favourite breakfasts? Please let us know and share any ideas you have with us for tasty overnight oat recipes!