Overnight Oats with Fresh Berries

Overnight Oats with Berries

I have always been intrigued with overnight oats.  I’m a big oatmeal eater for breakfast because it’s healthy, there’s variety and it’s a simple process (dash of cinnamon, 1:30 minutes in the microwave, scoop on the yogurt, add your topping, and voilà!).  The problem is after making this umpteen times I still haven’t mastered the art of transferring hot oats, fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt to the office each morning.  It equates to 3 Tupperwear containers, a Ziplock of mix-ins, and a bowl to microwave… And that’s on top of my lunchbox.  I’m beginning to look like a bag lady when you add my purse and laptop carrier to the mix. 

In comes Overnight Oats.  After reading about it on Oh She Glows and A Beautiful Mess I am so glad I finally got around to trying it.  It’s similar to oatmeal except the fridge does the cooking for you and it is served cold.  I couldn’t think of a more ideal breakfast “switch up” for the summer months, especially when you’re in a morning rush (because let’s face it, it is also late-night porch season).  Nutritionally, this meal can’t be beat. The combination of ingredients is full of fiber and protein – it energized me in the morning and kept me plenty full till lunch.

My recipe calls for a 1:1 ratio between oats and milk, plus a dollop of yogurt, chia seeds, and the toppings of your choice.

I kept it simple with raw walnuts and berries for my mix-ins, but the opportunities are endless when it comes to flavor combinations.  Some other options to consider:  nut buttes, granola, ground flax seed, raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds, raw nuts, cocoa powder, fresh or dried fruit, pumpkin puree, coconut flakes. Think if it as a breakfast parfait!

Overnight Oats with Fresh Berries
Serves 1
Overnight Oats is similar to oatmeal except the fridge does the cooking for you and it is served cold. Nutritionally, this meal is full of fiber and protein. The mix-in ingredient list is endless so enjoy making your own breakfast parfait!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup milk (Use Almond or Soy to keep vegan)
  3. 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (Use soy yogurt to keep vegan or omit and double milk and chia seeds amounts)
  4. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional Extra Sweeteners
  1. 1/2 banana (recommended)
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix-ins
  1. 1/2 cup berries
  2. 1/4 cup raw walnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix together the oats, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and chia seeds in a bowl or jar, cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator overnight. Include the optional extra sweetener ingredients if you prefer a bit more sweetness.
  2. In the morning, stir in the desired mix-ins and enjoy
Experiment with your favorite flavors or what you have on hand. Some other mix-in ideas to consider
  1. Nut buttes, granola, ground flax seed, raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds, raw nuts, cocoa powder, fresh or dried fruit, pumpkin puree, coconut flakes. Think if it as a breakfast parfait!
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Zest of Zen http://www.zestofzen.com/
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