Friday, May 24, 2013

Overnight Oats: Basic Recipe

I've been posting pictures of my overnight oats like crazy on Instagram (follow me @adena86) I am OBSESSED. Overnight oats are SO versatile. You can switch up the flavors and ingredients for a different breakfast every morning. Plus,( besides being ridiculously delicious and good for you) this is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast solution. Quick note about the ingredients: Feel free to switch up the type of fruit, type of milk, type of nut butter, and protein powder flavor. You can also use water instead of milk, and use chia seeds instead of flaxseeds. The coconut flakes and protein powder are optional, but recommended : ) . You can adjust the serving sizes to fit your needs (more oats, less peanut butter, etc.)

Tip of the day: Don't throw away almost-empty nut butter jars!! They are perfect for using up the last of your nut butter and for preparing your overnight oats!






Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1/3 cup oatmeal (dry)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3-1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon ground chia seed or flaxseed
Stevia to taste
Extracts of choice (I like butterscotch, vanilla, almond, coconut, etc.)
Cinnamon to taste
1/3-1/2 cup fruit of choice
Almond/Peanut butter

Directions:

1. Place fruit in a small dish and nuke in the microwave for about 25 seconds, or until they get warm and squishy (or skip this step and just add it fresh).
2. Place the oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds (or flaxseeds), and protein powder (if using) in a empty nut butter jar or tupperware. Mix well.
3. Place in the fridge and leave overnight. The oats will become soft as if they have been cooked. The chia seeds will "plump" up the oats and make it taste like a creamy breakfast pudding
4. In the morning, add your favorite toppings! I love topping mine with almond butter or peanut butter and fresh fruit!