It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s versatile. It’s healthy, and it’s delicious. What more could you ask for? Okay, I suppose there are many more things you could ask for besides breakfast. But we won’t go there…
By no means is Overnight Oats a new concept. But there has been a lot of buzz about it lately. I decided to try it after seeing the recipe on Pepper Lynn . If you know me well then you know that I have oatmeal almost every day for breakfast. I think it’s time to change things up a bit. Don’t you?
I call this the Breakfast of Champions (better than a bowl of Wheaties). It is high in protein, whole grains, fiber, vitamins and Omega – 3′s. It will keep you full and energized all morning long.
The best part is that it takes all of 2 minutes to prepare; a MUST for someone with a busy schedule, like myself.
Once you’ve made the basic recipe, you can add just about anything you want to it. I would try mashed bananas, berries, jam, pumpkin purée, peanut butter, almonds or honey. Not all at once of course. That would be what’s known as a kitchen fail. And who likes to fail? So choose a few that compliment each other and go from there.
The first time I tried it I mashed bananas and blackberries. It was absolutely delicious. Like heaven in a jar. It was also very filling, maybe even too much so. It’s like having a bowl of oatmeal with a side of yogurt, a banana and a glass of milk. You could squeeze 2 servings out of this.
On my second attempt I used Kefir instead of Greek yogurt. It is like yogurt but not as thick. It’s consistency falls somewhere between milk and yogurt. In this case the Kefir took the place of both the milk and the yogurt. This time I added only 1/2 of a banana and cinnamon. Another tasty mix. And not as filling. I got 1 serving out of this.
Overnight Oats inspired by Pepper Lynn
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds, Flax seeds or any type of nut
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup low-fat or skim milk
- 1 cup plain non-fat Kefir in place of the yogurt and the milk.
Makes 1-2 servings
Mix all ingredients in a glass mason jar. If you don’t have a mason jar don’t panic. Any container with a lid will do. The jar just makes it look pretty.
Store the mix in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning add the toppings of your choice. This is where you can get creative. So go bananas! (uhm..no pun intended).
Pepper Lynn says you can add any nut butter, shredded coconut, dried fruit or granola as well.
I say, if this is an afternoon snack and you feel like adding some dark chocolate chips go ahead. I won’t tell. ;) And while we are on the subject of snacks, have you seen my latest article on 5 quick and healthy snack ideas?
If you don’t find it sweet enough, add a small amount of honey or agave nectar. I stress small amount because even natural sweeteners have calories too.