This one is an oldie but goodie. I was making overnight apple oats back when I was a kid and overnight oats were not a thing then. But I forgot that I know these genius oats with apple until I stumbled upon overnight oats quite a few years later. And then I remembered I used to make them. How could I forget about these oats in the first place! Back when I was a kid this kind of overnight oats with grated apple was called beauty salad. I know, funny name, but it makes you think. I can’t remember where this recipe came from but it was a weekend thing in my family. In the evening, my Mom, Sister and I would prepare these oats with grated apple, honey and all sorts of nuts and seeds, and would wait impatiently until the morning so we could eat them. We added whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit we had at the moment, but grated apple was the core of the recipe. It was a real treat. Creamy and sweet. It wasn’t like anything I ate before and I just loved it. And I still love it. Even though I completely forgot about these oats for number of years. Shame on me because these are not worthy of forgetting.
But beauty salad. I still smile when I think about this name. It must come from all of the goodness that’s in these oats that are very beneficial for your body. All these vitamins and minerals from the oats, apple and seeds you choose. The name literally corresponds to what this kind of food can do for you. Keep your body healthy from the inside and, as a result, make your body beautiful and healthy on the outside. Healthy skin, hair and nails. We are what we eat. It really makes you think.
I added dried apricots to these oats. Yes, this brown, dried fruit you see on the pictures are dried apricots, not dates or any other fruit. Here is something interesting I found out only recently. Naturally dried apricots turn brown in the drying process. They are not beautifully bright orange color as we are made to believe and mostly see on the store shelves. So what’s happening here? Before drying apricots are treated with sulfur dioxide. The more of sulfur dioxide the more bright the color. It prolongs the shelf life and, as it turned out to, make the apricots taste rubbery. Naturally dried apricots, although not as pretty are 10 times better tasting than the sulfur dioxide treated ones. I liked them ok before, now I absolutely love them. They are sweet, soft and actually taste like apricots. Totally different ball game.
I never came across brown dried apricots but to be honest I wasn’t looking. I guess the learning process is constant. Always question, always search and improve. That’s my lesson from this.
So next time you are buying apricots, buy the not so pretty brown apricots, that will reward you with incredible taste and actually being healthy for you.
Fuel Your Body, Charge Your Day
- Add oats, water and milk (or just milk if using milk only) to a jar or plastic container, stir well.
- Add grated apple, and stir well.
- Add chopped nectarine and dried apricots, stir well.
- Add pumpkin seeds.
- Close the jar/ container store in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning take the jar/ container from the fridge first thing so oats can come up to temperature before eating.
* This is a great portable breakfast. Take a spoon with you and you can have breakfast on the go.
* Try to find dried apricots without any preservatives. Naturally dried apricots are brown in color, bright orange dried apricots are treated with preservatives.