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Meatloaf with Applesauce and Oatmeal

I know what you’re thinking. Meatloaf again? But trust me, this is a recipe you’ll want to keep in your arsenal. The combination of applesauce and oatmeal give the meatloaf a delicious sweetness that will have even the pickiest eaters coming back for more. And it’s super easy to make, too! 

So go ahead and give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

You might be wondering why anyone would want to add oatmeal and applesauce to their meatloaf. Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few benefits to doing so! Not only does it add some extra healthy ingredients, but it can also help keep your meatloaf moist. 

Let’s take a closer look at why you should give this a try next time you make meatloaf.

Meatloaf made with Applesauce and Oatmeal

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Meatloaf with Applesauce and Oatmeal Recipe:

How To Make Meatloaf With Applesauce And Oatmeal

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meat with the chopped onion, egg, applesauce, oats, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, salt, and pepper; mix thoroughly with your hands.
  • Pat the meatloaf mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  • If using the optional topping, take the meatloaf out of the oven about 10 to 15 minutes before it’s done. Carefully pour off excess grease and spread the 4 tablespoons of ketchup or barbecue sauce over the top. Return the loaf to the oven and continue baking until it’s done.
  • Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes and then remove it to a platter. Slice and serve.

Can You Add Applesauce To Meatloaf?

If you’ve ever made meatloaf before, you know that one of the challenges is keeping it moist. That’s where applesauce comes in! Applesauce is a natural source of sugar, which helps create a moist environment for the loaf as it cooks. As an added bonus, the sweetness of the applesauce can help offset the saltiness of some of the other ingredients (like Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce) in the recipe.

Can You Add Oatmeal To Meatloaf?

Oats are a heart-healthy whole grain, and that’s good news for your meatloaf. Adding oatmeal to your recipe can help reduce cholesterol and guard against heart disease. Not to mention, oats add a hearty flavor and texture to meatloaf that your family is sure to love. Just be sure to use quick oats rather than old-fashioned oats, as the former will cook more evenly in the loaf.

What Are The Benefits For Adding Oatmeal and Applesauce To Meatloaf?

Benefit #1 – Extra Nutrients

Oatmeal and applesauce are both packed with nutrients that can be beneficial for your health. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling full longer. Applesauce is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for maintaining a strong immune system. Adding these ingredients to your meatloaf will help give you an extra boost of nutrients that you might not get otherwise.

Benefit #2 – Moisture Retention

Another benefit of adding oatmeal and applesauce to your meatloaf is that it helps to retain moisture. This is especially important if you are using lean ground beef, which can tend to be dry. The added moisture from the oatmeal and applesauce will help keep your meatloaf moist and prevent it from drying out. Trust us, your family will thank you for this!

Benefit #3 – Improved Flavor

Last but not least, adding oatmeal and applesauce to your meatloaf can actually improve the flavor. The natural sweetness of the applesauce pairs well with the savory flavors of the beef and other ingredients. Plus, the oatmeal adds a bit of texture that can make the meatloaf more interesting. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your usual meatloaf recipe, give this a try!

Meatloaf made with Applesauce and Oatmeal

What You Might Need To Make This Recipe:

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The next time you make meatloaf, consider giving it a boost of flavor and nutrition with applesauce and oatmeal. Not only will your family love the delicious taste, but they’ll also be getting a hearty serving of fiber and protein. Plus, this recipe is simple to follow and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. 

So why not give it a try?

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Meatloaf made with Applesauce and Oatmeal

Meatloaf with Applesauce and Oatmeal

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This is a recipe you'll want to keep in your arsenal. The combination of applesauce and oatmeal give the meatloaf a delicious sweetness that will have even the pickiest eaters coming back for more.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or chuck
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup, or barbecue sauce, for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat with the chopped onion, egg, applesauce, oats, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, salt, and pepper; mix thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Pat the meatloaf mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. If using the optional topping, take the meatloaf out of the oven about 10 to 15 minutes before it's done. Carefully pour off excess grease and spread the 4 tablespoons of ketchup or barbecue sauce over the top. Return the loaf to the oven and continue baking until it's done.
  7. Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes and then remove it to a platter.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 366Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 135mgSodium 683mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 38g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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