Easy Healthy Breakfast - Overnight Oats
Not too long ago my boss stopped by my desk, eating some concoction out of a mason jar, and asked "have you ever had overnight oats?" "No..." I replied, but curious as I did like oatmeal and love breakfast in general. He went on to explain that you just combine oats and your liquids of choice (such as almond milk and yogurt) in an airtight container and stick it in your refrigerator overnight. Come morning, the oats have absorbed the liquid and you have a delicious and healthy breakfast with almost NO effort! I admit I was skeptical at first, so I browsed around the 'net for a recipe that sounded enticing and gave it a try. I stuck with the basics, although there are quite a few recipes with a long list of exotic sounding ingredients, that I'm sure are much healthier and even more delicious, but I wanted to take things slow. In fact most recipes call for chia seeds, but I'm not a huge fan of how slimy they can get.
Nic's Basic Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- Almond butter
- Dried fruits such as cherries, blueberries, and cranberries
- Roasted and milled flaxseed
The beauty of this recipe is you can literally add whatever you want. Any flavor yogurt, even greek if that tickles your fancy; cow, soy, or rice milk; peanut or sunflower butter; any fruits, dried or otherwise; something for crunch like granola, chia seeds, etc..... you get the picture. You can also adjust the amount however you want. Some days I just do 1/4 cup oats/yogurt/milk if I wanted something else with my oats.
There are seemingly endless recipes for overnight oats, so I've rounded a few up for you over on our Pinterest board! Check them out and give these a try for yourself! Tonight I'm testing steel cut oats to see if those will work... I've heard they don't absorb as well but we will see. I'll bring you back a full report!
Let us know what your favorite overnight oat recipes are!