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Overnight Oats

Back in the day my kids loved when I bought instant oatmeal. I thought I was doing the right thing by buying an organic version, but little did I know, it still contained ingredients such as natural flavors, evaporated cane juice or sugar, and preservatives. After switching to real food in 2012, I knew instant oatmeal was one that would never make it into my cart again.

Now I make overnight oats. Throwing this recipe together is so easy and makes mornings a breeze. It can be made up to one day ahead of time and is easy to grab and go on your way out the door to work or school. I even pack it in my kids lunch boxes since it doesn’t need to stay warm. It quickly has become a favorite in our house.

Overnight Oats
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Quick and easy oatmeal that's waiting for you in the morning!
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • ⅔ cup almond milk
  • 1 T nut butter (optional)
  • nuts (optional)
  • sliced fruit (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl with lid.
  2. Add the oats, chia seeds, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Pour milk over top and stir until all ingredients are mixed together. Seal with a lid and place it in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  4. In the morning, add 1 T of nut butter and stir.
  5. Top with chopped nuts and sliced fruit if using. Add a splash of milk if you like it more runny.
  6. *This is meant to be eaten cold or at room temperature.

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Applesauce Granola

 

Applesauce Granola

We need to have a little chat, friends, about granola. What’s up with the price of granola? Have you read the ingredient labels on those expensive little bags? Can somebody tell me what “polyglycerol esters of fatty acids” are anyway and what are they doing in your granola? Anyone? Anyone? It’s shameful, really, on so many levels.

Granola is the perfect grab and go snack. It’s also great for mornings with a little plant-based milk and some fresh berries thrown on top. Sprinkle it on your chia seed yogurt (recipe coming soon!) or, better yet, use this as a base for homemade granola bars. Mmmm.

For the past few years I have been making my own granola. It really is quite simple and turns out super duper yummy. Many recipes call for oil, which I am not a huge fan of, so I started making my own with applesauce. Do you see all the crunchiness of the oats and plump little raisins hiding in there? And let’s talk about the smell of this granola in all of it’s cinnamony (totally a word) glory. What are you still doing here…go and make some now!

Applesauce Granola 2

Real Food Recipe: Applesauce Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup applesauce (please find one with one ingredient in it like, I don't know, APPLES!)
  • ¼ c coconut sugar
  • 2 T raw honey or 100% maple syrup for a vegan option
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Heat the applesauce, coconut sugar, honey/maple syrup and salt in a saucepan over low heat until a little runny.
  2. Pour oats into a large bowl and add cinnamon.
  3. Pour heated applesauce mixture over the oats and stir until combined.
  4. Bake in a 275 degree oven for 50 minutes turning every 10 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container in your pantry.
  5. Note: I add raisins to mine right before I eat it. That way the raisins don’t dry out and get hard.
Notes
Optional ideas
Because granola is so versatile, you really can throw just about anything in there and it will taste great. I don’t measure, so these measurements are approximates. Feel free to use more or less as desired.
1/4 raw sunflower seeds
1/4 slivered almonds
Shredded coconut
1 T flax seed meal
Chia seeds
1/2 cup pistachios, roughly chopped

And there you have it. Now you can ditch the chemical laden, expensive store bought granola that likely has more refined sugar than your average candy bar. Dive into a bowl of your own delicious blend made with REAL ingredients that you can find in most kitchens. Not to mention, you’ll spend about half the price of what you’d pay in the store. Enjoy!

Applesauce Granola 3If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and tag us @realfood_life or hashtag it #realfoodlife. I’d love to see what you make!

Until next time, keep it real.

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