Cinnamon Apple Crumble

Cinnamon Apple Crumble-tender, juicy apples are covered with a sweet cinnamon crumb topping, creating the best fall dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! Fall is in the air and that means all I want to do is BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! Fall baking is my ab…

Cinnamon Apple Crumble-tender, juicy apples are covered with a sweet cinnamon crumb topping, creating the best fall dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! Fall is in the air and that means all I want to do is BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! Fall baking is my absolute favorite because I love warming up the house and…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

If you’re looking for an easy treat that’s a legit snack, look no further than this old-fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake. Basically an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in cake form, this quick and easy snack cake makes for a sweet afternoon treat. It’s ridiculously easy, uses only one bowl, and is the perfect balance […]

If you’re looking for an easy treat that’s a legit snack, look no further than this old-fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake.

Basically an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in cake form, this quick and easy snack cake makes for a sweet afternoon treat. It’s ridiculously easy, uses only one bowl, and is the perfect balance of sweetness—no frosting necessary.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake Cut into squares, on a wire baking rack

Every so often, when I’m feeling particularly uninspired, I like to pull out my grandma Elaine’s old recipe box and flip through the faded index cards and magazine clippings inside. Despite the fact I’ve had the box for 5 years now, if I inhale deeply, it still carries the scent I will forever associate with her kitchen.

Her old fashioned coffee cake is a reader favorite, and her New York-style cheesecake holds a special place in my heart.

This ridiculously easy, and ridiculously good, oatmeal chocolate chip snack cake is another gem from her box, one that is sure to be an instant hit. Grandma never fails me, and this cake is no exception.

Now, she didn’t call it a snack cake, that’s my own moniker, given because this cake is so simple and perfect for snacking. No excuse needed to grab a square at three in the afternoon.

In fact, I’d argue the afternoon is the ideal time to consume a cake like this, when lunch is but a distant memory and you need some serious sustenance to get you through to dinner. The oats in the cake give a bit more heft and substance than a typical springy sponge, making it both satisfying and filling.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake on a white plate with marble background

The texture of this cake is hard to describe. It’s not springy nor fluffy nor light (clearly I need to expand my cake vocabulary). In fact, it’s actually quite dense, each square has a surprising heft to it, with a coarse crumb and an undeniable moistness that I attribute to the oats.

Rather, it falls somewhere between a fluffy white cake and a fruitcake, or maybe a hearty muffin, with a bit of, shall we say chewiness to it… not unlike mochi cake made from glutenous rice.

You might be thinking… dense? Coarse? Chewy? This cake sounds awful. And maybe my cake-descriptors are lacking here, because it’s decidedly not awful but actually quite lovely.

You’ll just have to trust me on this one. And luckily, if it turns out you don’t like it, you’ve haven’t wasted hours upon hours of time baking and trimming and frosting and fussing. It really doesn’t get any easier than this frosting-less one bowl wonder of a cake (if that’s not reason enough to try it I don’t know what is).

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Tomato Herb Soup

I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I can just make it into a really tasty soup.” The answer is yes. Yes, that deliciously tangy, herb-infused sauce is the […]

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I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I can just make it into a really tasty soup.” The answer is yes. Yes, that deliciously tangy, herb-infused sauce is the great beginning to a super fast, easy, and delicious homemade Tomato Herb Soup.

Originally published 9-16-2013, updated 10-12-2020.

A mug of tomato herb soup on a plate with a grilled cheese

What Does Tomato Herb Soup Taste Like?

This tomato herb soup is not your everyday canned condensed tomato soup. It’s not sugary sweet, it’s fairly thick, very rich, and has tons of herby flavor. The magic comes from the melange of dried herbs and the quick act of caramelizing the tomato paste to create a rich sweetness. So yum and it gets better as it refrigerates. Oh, did I mention that it just happens to be VEGAN?

What to Serve with Tomato Herb Soup

A classic grilled cheese sandwich is never a bad idea, but you could also do something like Homemade Garlic Bread, or drop a few Homemade Croutons on top, and make a super simple salad to go on the side.

Is it Freezer Friendly?

Yes, this soup holds up really well to freezing, so feel free to stash a couple servings in there for later! I try to use up my frozen foods within three months for best quality, but you may get a longer life out of it. In the refrigerator, the soup should stay good for about 4-5 days.

Overhead view of a mug full of tomato soup with a black spoon in the center
 
Tomato herb soup in a mug on a plate with grilled cheese

Tomato Herb Soup

Use basic pantry staples to create this quick and easy Tomato Herb Soup. It's thick, rich, flavorful, and perfect for grilled cheese dipping!
Total Cost $2.62 recipe / $0.52 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 1.5 cups each
Calories 168.16kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.64
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary $0.03
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.03
  • 1 6oz. can tomato paste $0.39
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes $0.79
  • 3 cups vegetable broth $0.39

Instructions

  • Mince the garlic and add it to a sauce pot along with the olive oil, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and freshly cracked pepper. Turn the heat on to medium-low and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the garlic has softened.
  • Add the tomato paste and brown sugar. Stir until everything is mixed (the oil may stay partially separated). Cook the mixture while stirring continuously for 3-5 minutes, or until the tomato paste takes on a darker, almost burgundy hue.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth. Whisk the mixture together until smooth. Turn the heat up to medium and heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5Cups | Calories: 168.16kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.6g | Protein: 2.86g | Fat: 11.44g | Sodium: 731.8mg | Fiber: 4.68g

How to Make Tomato Herb Soup – Step by Step Photos

Oil garlic and herbs in a soup pot

Start by adding ¼ cup olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried rosemary, 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, and some freshly cracked black pepper to a sauce pot. Turn the heat on to medium-low and sauté the herbs in the oil for about two minutes, or until the garlic has softened.

Tomato paste and brown sugar added to the pot

Add 6 oz. tomato paste and 1 Tbsp brown sugar to the pot. Stir until everything is pretty well combined (the oil may never fully mix in). Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes more, or until the tomato paste takes on a darker burgundy hue (see photo below).

crushed tomatoes being poured into the pot

Add one 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes. Crushed tomatoes are smaller bits than diced tomatoes, but not quite as smooth as tomato sauce. It’s somewhere in between, and doesn’t have any seasoning added.

Vegetable broth being poured into the pot

Also add 3 cups of vegetable broth, which will thin the soup out, add depth of flavor, and just the right amount of salt. I use this Better Than Bouillon to quickly mix up the exact amount of broth that I need.

finished tomato herb soup being lifted with a ladle

Then just whisk everything together and heat through! The end! The flavors are even better the next day.

Tomato herb soup in a mug on a plate with grilled cheese

OMG – grilled cheese + tomato soup FTW!

Now give yourself a high-five for making such a delicious soup in under 30 minutes.

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Have you ever had a recipe call for just a partial can of pumpkin purée? And then you’re like, “well, what am I going to do with the rest of this??” Instead of searching for a recipe that calls for the exact amount of pumpkin purée that you have leftover, I like to add a […]

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Have you ever had a recipe call for just a partial can of pumpkin purée? And then you’re like, “well, what am I going to do with the rest of this??” Instead of searching for a recipe that calls for the exact amount of pumpkin purée that you have leftover, I like to add a little to my morning oats. You can add a spoonful or two to a bowl of hot oats (with cinnamon and brown sugar) or you can make up some of these Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. These overnight oats are also a great way to get that fall flavor if you live in a region where it’s still quite warm this time of year. 🤪

Overhead view of a bowl of overnight pumpkin pie oats with pumpkins, oats, and pecans on the side

Make One or More!

The recipe listed below is for a single serving of overnight oats, but you can make up to four at a time. The overnight oats will stay good in your fridge for 4-5 days, so make as many or as few as you want or need. To adjust the ingredients below to make more servings at once, simply change the number in the “servings” box and the rest of the ingredients will auto adjust.

Do You Eat Overnight Oats Hot or Cold?

You can eat these pumpkin pie overnight oats either hot or cold. As the oats soak they absorb liquid and soften just like they do when cooked. So the overnight oats are ready to eat after soaking for about eight hours, or you can pop them in the microwave for about a minute or so to warm through. They’re great both ways!

Adjust the Sweetness

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I don’t like things that are too sweet, so the amount of brown sugar listed in the recipe below sweetens the oats just slightly. If you want a more dessert-like sweetness, I suggest adding more brown sugar to your liking. The sugar does not need to be added in the beginning, so you can start with the ½ Tbsp listed below and add more just before eating to make it the sweetness that you desire.

Other Add-ins

You can have some fun with these overnight oats and add in some more fun ingredients if you have them on hand. I think a few raisins would be pretty awesome, as would some pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds). A splash of vanilla extract can also make these overnight oats taste a little more creamy.

Make Them Vegan or Dairy Free

The best thing about overnight oats is that they work just as well with non-dairy milk as they do with dairy milk, so use your favorite almond, soy, coconut, cashew, or other non-dairy milk in place of the milk listed in the recipe below.

Can I Use Quick Oats or Steel Cut Oats?

You can make this with quick oats, but I find old-fashioned rolled oats to give the best results because they have a thicker, chewier texture. Quick oats will have a softer, mushier texture after soaking. Steel cut oats require a lot more liquid and a much longer soaking time to soften, so I don’t recommend them for this recipe.

Side view of a spoon lifting some pumpkin pie overnight oats out of the bowl

 
Side view of a spoon lifting some pumpkin pie overnight oats out of the bowl

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats are a great way to use up leftover pumpkin purée and are a delicious make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings.
Total Cost $0.95 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 bowl
Calories 293.86kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats $0.44
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice $0.05
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pecans $0.13
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée $0.12
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1/2 cup milk* $0.18

Instructions

  • Add the rolled oats (uncooked), pumpkin pie spice, salt, and chopped pecans to a jar or other resealable container. Top with the pumpkin purée, brown sugar, and milk. Close the container and refrigerate overnight or up to five days.
  • Before eating, stir the contents of the jar until evenly combined. Enjoy cold or microwave until warmed through.

Notes

*Use your milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy). The nutrition stats for this recipe are calculated using whole milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 293.86kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.24g | Protein: 9.85g | Fat: 11.88g | Sodium: 350.34mg | Fiber: 6.38g

See how to make your own Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice here!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats – Step by Step Photos

Pumpkin pie overnight oats dry ingredients in jar

Add 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats to a jar or another resealable container, along with 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp chopped pecans.

pumpkin puree and brown sugar added to the jar

Add 1/4 cup pumpkin purée and 1/2 Tbsp of brown sugar to the jar.

milk being poured into the jar

Add 1/2 cup of milk of your choice to the jar (I used whole milk).

Soaked and stirred overnight oats in the jar

Close the container and refrigerate at least 8 hours, or up to five days. When you’re ready to eat, stir up the contents of the container until everything is well mixed.

Overhead view of pumpkin pie overnight oats in the bowl

Enjoy the pumpkin pie overnight oats cold straight out of the jar, or microwave until warmed through!

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting-These light and fluffy cinnamon rolls will remind you of apple pie, but in cinnamon roll form! They are the perfect breakfast treat for fall! Perfect Fall Cinnamon Rolls My dad’s cinnam…

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting-These light and fluffy cinnamon rolls will remind you of apple pie, but in cinnamon roll form! They are the perfect breakfast treat for fall! Perfect Fall Cinnamon Rolls My dad’s cinnamon rolls are the BEST! If you’ve mad them, you know. And if you haven’t read…

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Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (V/GF)

Infusing pumpkin flavor into baked goods can be a bit tricky. But learning from a few past experiments, I got to work infusing all of the sweet, spicy flavor of pumpkin into these cookies. The result was a dream!
These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies ar…

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (V/GF)

Infusing pumpkin flavor into baked goods can be a bit tricky. But learning from a few past experiments, I got to work infusing all of the sweet, spicy flavor of pumpkin into these cookies. The result was a dream!

These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are naturally gluten-free and vegan, studded with rolled oats and melty chocolate chips, require just 10 ingredients, and are ready in 1 hour!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread-perfectly spiced homemade pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. Everyone’s favorite fall quick bread recipe!  I love fall for many reasons, but Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is at the top of the list, along with Pumpkin C…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread-perfectly spiced homemade pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. Everyone’s favorite fall quick bread recipe!  I love fall for many reasons, but Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is at the top of the list, along with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. There is nothing better than pumpkin AND chocolate!  This…

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Skillet Cinnamon Apples

Skillet Cinnamon Apples-sautéed apples with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are a real fall treat and they take less than 10 minutes to make. Serve as a side dish, breakfast topping, or dessert! As soon as there’s a slight crisp in the air I start dr…

Skillet Cinnamon Apples-sautéed apples with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are a real fall treat and they take less than 10 minutes to make. Serve as a side dish, breakfast topping, or dessert! As soon as there’s a slight crisp in the air I start dreaming of Skillet Cinnamon Apples. They remind me of my…

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Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies are the perfect dessert for fall! The cookies are soft, perfectly spiced and topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. They are melt in your mouth good! Who is ready for ALL things pumpkin?! I am raising both hands! When pumpkin season …

Pumpkin cookies are the perfect dessert for fall! The cookies are soft, perfectly spiced and topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. They are melt in your mouth good! Who is ready for ALL things pumpkin?! I am raising both hands! When pumpkin season rolls around I always like to kick things off with Pumpkin…

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Cinnamon Streusel Baked Apples

Baked Apples with brown butter cinnamon streusel topping are a favorite fall dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce!  I am feeling the fall vibes and that means it’s time to start baking! Fall baking is m…

Baked Apples with brown butter cinnamon streusel topping are a favorite fall dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce!  I am feeling the fall vibes and that means it’s time to start baking! Fall baking is my favorite. I love pumpkin (pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip…

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