Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

We’ve all heard that revenge is a dish best served cold.

Who knew oatmeal is also quite tasty served cold?

I found this recipe in Oxygen magazine last year, and I’m sort of addicted to it. Trust me. Try it. I was skeptical too.

PS. I’ve seen cute recipes online of making overnight oats in a jar. I just make mine in a Ziploc bowl. If I’m running behind, I just grab it, toss on the walnuts, and go.

PPS. This recipe is insanely good for you. It is not, however, a low-fat dish. One bowl has 459 calories, 24g fat, and 22g protein. Before you scream that you could eat from a drive-thru for less, take into consideration that the majority of the fat and calories come from the walnuts. If you omit them, you’re looking at 259 calories, 4g of fat and 18g protein. The thing about walnuts is that it’s healthy fat. They are full of omega-3s which are so heart healthy. Before omitting the walnuts altogether, consider only using half the recipe’s recommendation. They really do make the dish more filling and the crunch gives it a little extra pop.

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Overnight Apple Pie Oats

Makes one serving

1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/3 cup milk (skim, almond, soy)

1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/8 tsp each salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (Note: I just use salt and cinnamon)

1 tbsp ground flax (optional but it’s so good for you!)

1/2 packet Stevia (or your choice of sweetner)

1 oz crushed walnuts

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together except walnuts until well blended.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, give it a stir and top with the crushed walnuts. Dig in!

My Banana Variation

This is also yummy, possibly even more yummy than the apple.

Substitute half of a banana sliced for the apple. Keep all other ingredients the same. Sort of gives you a banana bread flavor combination.

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