Overnight Oats, A Few Different Ways

14 Jan

We love oatmeal. That’s obviously a given if you read our blog a lot. We have probably tried 5725676987340967346987 different oatmeal combinations. We can’t even begin to choose our top favorites. With each new combination we have discovered which ingredients are key to making good overnight oats. We are going to share a few of our basic overnight oats recipes with you so you can test them out for yourselves.

The first recipe is a basic overnight oats. Totally ready for you to add whatever you wish to it.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup of milk of choice
1/4 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup of plain, greek yogurt

PLUS… ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT!
Some Combination Ideas:
blueberries & sugar free maple syrup
banana & raisin cinnamon peanut butter
apple slices & unsweetened applesauce
sliced almonds & dried fruit
sliced kiwi & fresh cranberries

Directions:
1. Combine everything into a bowl or mason jar and place in the refrigerator overnight. Take out 15 minutes before eating to take off the chill. Add any additional toppings at this point.

Our second overnight oats recipe for you is almond butter overnight oats. This is another pretty basic recipe.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 banana (you can put it in overnight or slice onto the top in the morning)

Directions:
1. Combine everything into a bowl or mason jar and place in the refrigerator overnight. Take out 15 minutes before eating to take off the chill. You can add any additional toppings to it as well. Sliced almonds, granola, fresh fruit, ect. It’s up to you!!

Up next, pumpkin overnight oats. I think this is one of our favorites. It makes us feel like we’re eating a huge piece of pumpkin pie for breakfast. But it’s healthier, so it’s totally okay.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats*
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk**
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tablespoon chai seeds***
1/4 cup pure pumpkin (Libby’s canned pumpkin- not pumpkin pie filling!)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (we use Kirkland brand that can be purchased at Cosco)

Directions:
1. Combine everything into a bowl or mason jar and place in the refrigerator overnight. Take out 15 minutes before eating to take off the chill. You can add any additional toppings to it as well. Sliced almonds, granola, fresh fruit, ect. Once again, it’s up to you!!

*The previous recipe used less oats than this one does. This is because the other one had a tablespoon of almond butter in it that increased its calorie content. However, it’s best to experiment and see what you like best. This is why we gave you more than one option to try out!
**We add a little bit of water to the jar as well. You can test it out depending on how thick or watery you like your oats. Chai seeds help to thicken the oat mixture, but you can also add an additional 1/4 cup greek yogurt in place of the chai seeds if you do not have them. Other things we have used to thicken our oats include 1/4 cup of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, 1/2 cup of pumpkin…
***We purchase our chai seeds online at Vitacost, but I’m sure they can be found in Wegmans, Whole Foods, and other speciality health stores!

Hopefully you will try out one of these recipes and understand the rave about this breakfast item. Seriously, it is like dessert for breakfast. You will see soon enough. Please share your favorite combinations, and if you liked them or not for breakfast! They are a weekly staple in our diets.

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