Overnight Oats

When Patrick and I were first beginning our make ahead journey I think I was most looking forward to trying overnight oats! One of my favorite blogs is Kath Eats Real Food and she shares a weekly post with what she's eaten. She does overnight oats a lot and this is how my interest in overnight oats was piqued. She has a great post on overnight oats which I highly recommend you check out if you're also interested in exploring the endless options of overnight oats.

And since I really can't sum up overnight oats better than her, here is Kath Eats Real Food on Overnight Oats [from her post]
   "Overnight oats are just oats soaked overnight that absorb the liquid you put them in – any kind of liquid you like! The most common mixture is equal parts raw rolled oats, milk and yogurt (I like 1/3 or 1/2 cup of each). You can use any kind of yogurt or milk. Put in the fridge overnight (uncoverd or covered, your choice) and let ‘em soak up the liquids.
     That’s the base, and toppings are endless. Add the toppings the night before or the next morning – either way works. Just don’t put anything in you don’t mind getting soggy (i.e. crunchy cereals)
     There is NO COOKING involved at all!
(Although you could heat them just a tiny bit in the microwave to take the chill out)"
Overnight Oats adapted from KERF
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk [depending on how thick you like it]
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon

Place everything together in a mason jar and shake (obviously with the lid on). Place in fridge overnight. In the morning top with something crunchy, something with healthy fats – like nut butter or nuts, and fruit.

I've tried them a few times already and am hooked! I love how quickly these make breakfasts in the morning. They're quicker than smoothies and warming up anything in the toaster. Here are the ones I've tried so far:

dark chocolate chips and peanut butter

blueberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon

peanut butter, bananas, and chia seeds

Despite this photo Patrick approves of the overnight oats! It took us a few times to figure out the oat-liquid proportion and also that Greek yogurt was a no-no (we now use regular yogurt). Patrick would like you to know that they're hit or miss depending on what's in them and also how they're topped!

First time trying overnight oats
Let us know if you try them!

1 comment:

  1. I don't like regular oatmeal so I don't think I will do this. I want to see if Poppa and Granny try it.