I realize I am very late to this particular party, but I’m writing today’s post for those unfortunate souls who have yet to be introduced to the virtues of overnight oats.
I’m a long-time fan of traditional oatmeal – but generally only found myself eating it during the winter months. Even then, it was never very often because, let’s face it, making good REAL oatmeal from steel-cut oats is a pain in the ass. And, it takes way more time than most of us have in the morning. The instant varieties are convenient, but if you read the labels, you’ll probably want to avoid most of them. So, sadly, my oatmeal-eating days were few and far between.
Until I discovered the world of overnight oats, that is. 🙂
The smart and very funny Ruth at Well Being Nut first blogged about overnight oats in July. And, while her post did pique my curiosity, I procrastinated [shocking, I know!] until early September before I tried them for myself.
But now I’m hooked.
So on the days when you don’t find me drinking my Green Smoothie for breakfast, you can bet you’ll find me eating this tasty sludge, as Ruth refers to it. 🙂
The general premise of overnight oats is that you take a base of liquid (I use almond milk), combined with any number of yummy ingredients which you blend together, and then add that to a bunch of raw rolled oats. You mix them together in an airtight container, and then shake, shake, shake and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning you have a chilled pudding-like breakfast treat that is both yummy and super filling
The finished product doesn’t look pretty, but it does tastes good. And it’s super healthy, to boot. (That is, provided you don’t load it up with a ton of honey or jams or jellies as your optional ingredients!).
If you click on the link to Ruth’s post above, she provides a fantastic recipe – along with a plethora of optional ingredients.
The combinations really are endless!
Last night I started with my bag of Trader Joes Rolled Oats:
And then I put the following in the blender:
- almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp of natural peanut butter
- 2 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of ground flax seeds
- 5 walnuts
- 1 tsp of cacao powder
After blending a few minutes, I put the liquid ingredients into a jar, added the oats on top, and then gave it a shake, shake, shake.
This is the morning’s final result.
As I said, it doesn’t look pretty. In fact, I almost hesitated to add this shot. The smears up the sides of the jar are from the previous nights shake, shake, shaking.
Despite the off-putting in-jar appearance, I decided to scoop about a half cup into a serving bowl, then topped it with some fresh sliced strawberries, and voila, breakfast! Dee-licious!
Come on, don’t be scared…give it a try!