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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal



Grated apple, grated fresh ginger, fragrant cinnamon, vanilla, organic oats, and nuts make this Apple pie oatmeal sensational and a healthy way to start the day.

Everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree, and I also think what you start out eating, sets the tone for what you eat the rest of the day.

If  I start the day with fast carbs ( like pancakes ) ,  I feel bloated and crave more of the same all day long.

If I skip breakfast, then I end up really hungry and around 10:30 am and I start grabbing what ever is around

A good wholesome slow carb breakfast like oatmeal keeps my blood sugar stable and keeps me satisfied. ( Make sure you buy gluten free certified oats)

This recipe for apple pie oatmeal is fragrant  flavorful and healthy. It is a tasty mix of fruit and oats with  an aroma from the cinnamon and vanilla that is tantalizing. What's more, the recipe is quick and easy to make.

I've read many articles that say that oats are also good for helping to lower cholesterol. This oatmeal is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. In addition,  cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar and the walnuts and chia seeds provide some Omega 3's.

Since reading the scientific studies about how nuts can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes, I always add walnuts to my oatmeal recipes.

  •   Why did I call the recipe apple pie flavored oatmeal? Because it contains many of the spices and ingredients of apple pie.
  •  Are oats gluten free? Yes, only if you buy oatmeal  labeled " gluten free oats" which is found in most health food stores ( Trader Joe's has their own brand of gluten free oats) . Many with gluten intolerance tolerate gluten free oats; however, some may not. Organic oats are best! 
  •  Why aren't all oatmeal gluten free ? I wrote a blog post about oats last year. To understand why you need to purchase certified gluten free oatsl  Read this

I make this recipe three different ways:

The absolutely most delicious way to make oatmeal is to make it overnight!

  • Overnight oatmeal requires no cooking, so you have no mess and no pot to clean. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is eaten cold, so it tastes more like a delicious parfait. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is convenient because it's ready for you in the morning or for a real food snack anytime of the day. 
  • You can make multiple containers so your entire family can enjoy. 
  • You can make overnight oatmeal using different recipes for different flavors. I sometimes make blackberry or blueberry oatmeal or strawberry parfait oatmeal. 
  • It's always healthiest to soak oats for best digestibility. So, overnight oatmeal is a good choice. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is a perfect summer choice. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is great for when you have overnight guests- serve it for breakfast

However, in the winter, you may want a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I have a really fast method for when I am in a hurry and don't want a dirty sticky pot to clean.  To make the oatmeal quickly,  I just combine the boiling water with the oats in a mug and then add all the ingredients, cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. This oatmeal comes out a little looser, but I still like it.

If you don't mind cleaning the pot and like a thicker oatmeal, just follow the directions for cooking the oatmeal, and  it will be thicker and pasty like regular oatmeal.

This recipe makes oatmeal for one or you can double the oatmeal  and boiling water if you are making it for two, and adjust the other ingredients.
Make them to taste. Perhaps 6 walnuts , chopped for two people..

1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal ( I use certified gluten free oats)
1/2 cup water ( or vanilla flavored unsweetened almond milk)
1tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh ginger , grated
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/2 "Delicious" apple, grated
3 walnuts, chopped
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
** for overnight oatmeal you can add 1/4 cup greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for vegans

Overnight method: This is my favorite way of making oatmeal. You do not cook the oatmeal. You simply assemble and mix all of the ingredients in a cup or wide mouth small mason jar. Place in the refrigerator overnight. The oats will thicken, the flavors will mingle and the taste will be delicious. Please note that Overnight oatmeal is eaten cold. I love eating it this way in the summer months. I substitute almond milk for the water when I use this method. It tastes like a delicious cold parfait in the morning. I've made overnight oatmeal other ways with different fruit as well.

If you prefer to cook try this : Cook it Method 
Bring water to a boil in  a saucepan .
Add oatmeal and stir until it becomes pasty . Shut off heat and add remainder of ingredients. Stir and eat..

Here is another No cook fast  method:
Put all ingredients ( except water) in a mug. Add the boiling water, and let sit covered for 5-10 minutes . Stir and eat- ( this method makes a looser oatmeal)

oatmeal with grated apple, ginger and cinnamon
                                             Blackberry Parfait Oatmeal Recipe ( overnight version)

Gather the Ingredients for the  oatmeal
apple pie oatmeal breakfast
Combine the ingredients with boiling water . The oatmeal will be looser oatmeal.
                         Since I'm the only one eating oatmeal on a weekday mornings, I make it for one.
                This recipe is well balanced and provides lots of nutrition with oats, fruit, nuts, and spices!
                                        Add some coconut oil or butter if you like.

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Good Reads: 

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

Grain Brain- Dr. Perlmutter - How to achieve optimal brain health

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  1. Hi Judee! Swinging by after seeing your recipe at #FoodieFridays. This is the perfect breakfast to take to work, especially since it can be transported in a jelly jar. You really added some great flavors to this recipe!

    1. I agree that being able to transport it is a big plus and the apple and ginger is fabulous! Try the blackberry recipe as well. It is very creamy.

  2. I love overnight oats and had never put in ginger. I know ginger is good but never knew how to incorporate it. Thanks! From #FoodieFridays (A cuppa for my thoughts)

    1. the fresh grated ginger really gives it a wonderful taste. Just grate some in and you'll love it.

  3. One of my favorite oatmeal combos thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

    1. Hi Cindy,
      There are so many different ways that oatmeal can be made. I tend to like this combination of flavors as well.

  4. Hi Judee,
    I love waking up to this awesome oatmeal. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Miz Helen,
      Isn't it great that the oatmeal is ready for breakfast without having to make it. It is a real time saver and healthy breakfast as well.

  5. Nice article.... Can you tell me how much time it will take to reduce 10 kg weight....

  6. Love this recipe and agree with you on going gluten-free whether you are gluten intolerant or not. I have not choice and I try to go grain free. Very few grains agree with me. This looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop Will twitt & Pin.

    1. I agree. For some people grain can be very inflammatory and just finding substations works best. Some can tolerate quinoa which is not technically a grain.

  7. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. I'll be pinning this!

    1. I love when readers pin my recipes. It really help circulate the recipe. I really appreciate it.

  8. I love overnight oats so I can't wait to try this version! Pinned and tweeted!

    1. Blair,
      I hope that you like this version. It is filled with lots of fragrant and tasty spices along with the apple Let me know how you like it.

  9. This looks delicious! I'd love it if you'd be interested in sharing this with August's edition of Naturally Sweet Recipe Roundup. Thanks for considering! :) ~Aubree


  10. I eat a lot of oatmeal and I haven't seen a recipe like this. Pinned and going to give it a try. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday.

  11. Apple pie summer oatmeal! Yay! Hello from Pennywise Platter Thursday.

  12. Sounds wonderful! I recently tried caramel apple and it was yummy too. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. That looks delicious! I can't wait to try it!

  14. It sounds really good, and I love that no cook method.

  15. Your Apple Pie Oatmeal really does look delicious, Judee. I was so interested to read the method for preparing it - and it's lovely to wake up to as well. Pinned and will tweet. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  16. I'm going to give this a try. Thank you for visiting


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