Overnight Oats

22 Nov

Courtesy of my friend Laura, who prompted me to try this recipe!

I’ll admit it; I am definitely not a huge oatmeal fan. Or a fan of warm breakfast foods at all. I know it’s healthy, and it’s always done a good job at keeping me full, but I usually struggle to choke down a bowl… until I discovered overnight oats!

The concept is simple: Combine rolled oats, plain nonfat or greek yogurt, and milk. Stick it in the fridge overnight, and the oats soak up the liquid. Add some toppings in the morning, and you got yourself a quality breakfast.

The base recipe is:
1/2 cup rolled oats
3-4 oz of plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon of ground flax seed (If you want some extra Omega-3’s)

Now stick it in the fridge overnight! You don’t have to cover it if you don’t want to.

By the way, it’s meant to be eaten cold!

Or, if you prefer, you can use 3 oz of plain Greek yogurt, which has tons of protein. It’s thicker than regular yogurt so you might have to add more milk. I’ve heard almond milk is good too. The recipe is really flexible, which makes it awesome.

Here are some varieties I’ve tried:

Peanut butter banana (my favorite)
At night, add:
A sprinkle of brown sugar, 1/2 of a mushed up banana
In the morning, add:
A glob of peanut butter

Apple cinnamon
In the morning, add:
A big spoonful of apple butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon

Banana nut
In the morning, add:
Cut up banana, walnuts, and brown sugar

You can also add maple syrup, honey, white sugar, etc. to give it some sweetness. Or add granola, crunchy cereal, or nuts for some texture.
I also bought a bag of frozen berries I’m going to try as a topping. Of course, in summer, I’d use fresh!

The absolute BEST part about overnight oats is that it keeps me so full! With my usual  breakfast (banana/apple and yogurt), by 10 AM, I am ready to chew down a tree. When I eat a bowl of oats at 7AM, I am finding I actually don’t really get ravenous at all, just bearably hungry and ready for lunch, by 11:30 AM. Overall, I find I eat less throughout the day and don’t have that hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) feeling. Win-win situation!

Feel free to share any good flavor varieties you’ve tried!

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One Response to “Overnight Oats”

  1. Laura January 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Yessss!!!! So excited you posted this! Share the OO love ❤

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