So a few months ago, a friend introduced me to overnight oats. Apparently this has been a ‘thing’ for awhile but you will have to forgive me because I apparently came late to the overnight oats party. Never a huge fan of oatmeal, I was at first unsure of whether or not I would like them. However I was tired of eggs and I wanted a change. So as an experiment, I got a few mason jars and made up enough for the week. When I took my first bite I swear to god I thought I had eaten the best thing ever. Seriously.
I tried a number of different variations before settling on a style that suited me. I loved the texture of the oats, the bursts of flavor from the fruit or the peanut butter but also how filling they were. I started experimenting with my own recipes and wanted to share some of the things that I did to add my own sparkle to the breakfasts I was making.
Yogurt: The recipes call for greek yoghurt but I find a lot of those have a ton of sugar in them. SO if you are like me and you can’t handle a lot of sugar, you need another option. You can absolutely make your own yogurt and here is a great resource if this is totally your jam. I always pick up Skyr yogurt because it packs a huge protein punch and its low in sugar (at least the natural and vanilla ones are). So if you don’t want to make that part of the recipe then this option might work well for you. I do find the more protein you add to your breakfast, the better fueled you will be for your morning.
Milk: I don’t drink a lot of regular milk – I’m not lactose intolerant but it can give me gas from time to time and I prefer almond milk. I pick up the unsweetened vanilla almond milk and use it with pretty much everything. Again, a low sugar option that tastes great and is an excellent addition to the overnight oats.
Protein Powder: Now the recipes I worked from didn’t add protein powder but again, for me, I wanted my breakfast (or snack to pack a better nutritional punch. When I was making the chocolate peanut butter overnight oats I used chocolate protein powder. When I made the oats with fruit I opted for a vanilla protein meal replacement that really satisfied my hunger and kept me going until lunch. Keep in mind that when you add protein powder you will need to increase the liquid you are adding to the mixture so its not too cakey or thick.
Oats: I am a huge fan of organic rolled oats – I don’t necessarily think you have to use them but I have tried both regular and the organic and prefer the latter.
Classic Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt I love Skyr yogurt
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats heaping
- 2/3 cup unsweetened milk I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp organic honey or maple syrup
- 1 scoop protein powder
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Add additional milk as needed to get the consistency you like.
- Spoon into jars with tight fitting lids.
- Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours - preferably overnight for best results.
If you have never made overnight oats before – you are missing out. I highly encourage you to play with the recipes, substitute ingredients (I love to switch up the fruit all the time) and keep your breakfasts interesting. As a wonderful bonus, by spending half an hour on your day off making your breakfasts, you ensure that you plan to eat healthy all week long! Here’s to a win-win for your healthy lifestyle & your taste buds!
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