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!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk (Use Almond or Soy to keep vegan)
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (Use soy yogurt to keep vegan or omit and double milk and chia seeds amounts)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 banana (recommended)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup berries
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 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.
- In the morning, stir in the desired mix-ins and enjoy
- 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!