Excuse my crumb-y stove! Overnight oats can get messy.
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast to take to work, school or on the road, overnight oats may be the trend worth trying. For the last six months, it seems like people’s desire to make overnight oats has definitely scaled. Curious about if overnight oats were right for me, I started looking into what benefits there may be – beyond just how cute they look stuffed into mason jars. (As you can also see in my pictures, I have no mason jars to stuff them in.)
The great thing about overnight oats is that you can essentially do whatever is right for you with it. At the end of the day, it’s really not hard to improvise overnight oats, as long as the basic principal is there. I believe that overnight oats can be anything as long as they contain some type of yogurt/yogurt substitute, oats, and some kind of milk or milk substitute to tie it all together. Then just dump whatever else you want in there – fruit, other grains, protein powders, etc. I’ve even seen some that include a decent serving of their favorite peanut butter as the fat and protein for their morning.
With my diet mostly being vegetarian, I consistently work to make sure that my mornings include a healthy serving of vitamin-enriched foods and proteins. Overnight oats are the easiest way to do that.
Now, tonight I only made two servings, because I only have two more work days in my week, but I’m going to multiply the recipe for you to yield at least 4 servings of the amount I consume in my morning. While I do change it up a little each time I make them, here’s what ends up in my overnight oats every time…
Ingredients (yields about 4 servings)
– 1 cup Blueberries
– 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
– 1-1/3 cups Rolled Oats
– 1 tbsp Nature’s Way EfaGold Hemp Protein & Fiber Cold Milled Powder (feel free to substitute for your protein powder/supplement of choice)
– 2 tbsp Black Chia Seeds
– 2 cups Unsweetened Cashew (or Almond) Milk
– 1 cup Fat Free, Plain, Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
– 1 banana
Oh, and feel free to multiply this even more if you’re wanting to fill entire mason jars for five days-worth. I personally can’t convince myself to eat too much earlier in the day, so I fill these 16-ounce/medium-sized containers somewhere around 3/4 of the way full and eat what I can.
– Into a bowl, or directly in your containers of choice, add all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spoon or whisk. Make sure the banana is blended in nicely with the rest of the mixture.
– Divide in equal parts the mixture into your containers – be it mason jars, Tupperware, etc.
– Seal properly with lid
– Let overnight oats sit overnight in the refrigerator
– Enjoy the next day!
So easy. Plus, when you have chia seeds, they’ll react with a little bubbling to the mixture once stirred, and it kinda makes me feel like I’m brewing a potion. (My Harry Potter fangirl sometimes gets the better of me.)
Feel free to swap out any ingredients to be completely gluten-free, dairy-free, add more sugar, etc. The key is to make it about what you want and what your diet needs.
Look at that messy deliciousness!
If you’re interested in me sharing other overnight oat recipes, let me know! I love playing around with food, so I’m sure I’ll come up with something good for you all.
Weight Watchers Points: 5-6.