I have a slight obsession with overnight oats lately. My usual breakfast consists of two eggs and Kale, however I find myself more and more pressed for time as the school year progresses. For a while I was actually skipping breakfast and just drinking an extra cup of coffee – uh oh! I needed to nip that in the butt right away. A few months ago I had come across a recipe for overnight oats that sounded pretty good. I made it, tried it, liked it and then forgot about it. Lucky for me I found it while cleaning out my recipe box. I made a jar that very night and have been eating a different variation every morning since. What I love about overnight oats is that they are very filling and they are so easy to make.
Overnight oats can be made in any jar or airtight container. They are left in the refrigerator overnight as they absorb the milk. In the morning they are ready to eat as is, you can heat them in the microwave for about 5 seconds to take the chill off, but they are generally eaten cold. The creamy consistency makes it a great breakfast for small children as well (just be careful with the additions such as nuts).
Overnight oats are very filling and packed with nutrients. You can create your oats any way you want choosing from a variety of whole foods such as fresh or frozen fruits and nuts. Chia seeds and ground flax seeds also make great additions and are highly beneficial for their omega-3 and fiber content. Try topping off your oats in the morning with a scoop of peanut butter, some chopped nuts, shredded coconut or raisins. The possibilities are endless. As the fruit soaks into the oats overnight it will naturally sweeten them. However if you find yourself needing something a little sweeter just add a few drops of honey in the morning.
Overnight oats can also make a great lunch or snack. Take them along with you in a cooler and enjoy. These can be prepared, stored and eaten right out of the same container and the less dishes to clean at the end of the day , the better. Mason jars are great for this recipe however you can also save and reuse those empty glass jars from the supermarket.
Here are five of my favorite recipes for overnight oats. If you don’t like the consistency just increase or decrease the amount of milk. Some people also like to use yogurt in their oats, but I find that it overpowers the other ingredients. If you would like to try it with yogurt then cut the milk in half to 1/4 cup and add 1/3 cup of plain yogurt. These oats will store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. ENJOY!
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