Overnight Oats 3 Ways

Hi, my name is Kaylin and I’m addicted to overnight oats. No really, I’m admitting to an awfully odd obsession with this little dish. I mean how can you not love a bowl (or jar) of oats with a splash of almond milk. Then, throw in ingredients like fruit, nuts and chocolate and BAM you find yourself looking forward to the sound of your alarm just so you can have breakfast. There truly is no better way to start off your busy day than fueling up on a wholesome bowl of power food.

So, as I contemplated what my first post would be I’ve been asked a lot recently about this recipe and thought what better way than to kick off this blog than with a simple meal and its endless possibilities. Chances are you already have everything you need to run with this recipe. That’s the beauty of it, you really can’t mess it up! If you aren’t familiar with the concept of overnight oats it’s simply the process of soaking the oats (preferably old fashioned or steel cut) in a jar or container in a liquid overnight (other ingredients are optional). As most people know the benefits of oats alone are well documented, including helping to lower cholesterol, decease blood pressure and due to its high fiber content will keep you feeling full longer which in turn may help you lose weight along with a healthy diet and exercise. I like the idea of soaking them overnight not only as a textural preference but it also makes them more easy to digest for those of us with sensitivities to high fiber foods and grains. Oats are a low fat and inexpensive way to get in a healthy and hearty meal. I enjoy overnight oats since not only can I reap all of these amazing benefits but as I’m getting ready for a busy day it’s nice know my breakfast is prepped and ready to be enjoyed with little fuss in the kitchen.

I always start with a few basic ingredients, though again there is no right or wrong way as to what you add, but I find this gives me a good base of flavor, healthy fats, protein and carbs. I will then add in a few additional things just to mix it up. Below I’ve listed the basic recipe and also some of my other favorite combinations. I encourage you to play around with the add-ins and find a recipe that suits your needs and tastebuds. Though this is not a paleo or grain-free dish, it is vegan and can be made gluten-free and dairy-free (as my recipes below are). The fun part about it is that each time it’s like a whole new breakfast which will keep your palette happy and your creativity flowing…not to mention you’ll feel like a breakfast genius! So without further adieu, let me introduce you to my little bowl of heaven.

 


Overnight Oats 3 Ways

Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

Prep time: 5 minutes + at least 4 hours to set

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or container and mix well.
  2. If making the Coconut Banana: also mix in 1/2 diced banana.
  3. If making the Peanut Butter Cup: also mix in 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
  4. Cover the container or jar tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 5 days until ready to enjoy. Follow topping steps below for fun flavors…

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly 

  • 1/2 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (can sub water)
  • 1 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. In a small sauté pan cook the blueberries and lemon juice over medium-low heat until soft and warm (about 5 minutes).
  2. Prepare your powdered peanut butter by mixing 1 tbsp of the powder with 1 tbsp of water.
  3. Top your overnight oats (warm/cold) with blueberries and peanut butter.

 

Coconut Banana Peanut Butter

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Prepare your powdered peanut butter by mixing 1 tbsp of the powder with 1 tbsp of water.
  2. Top your overnight oats (warm/cold) with peanut butter and coconut.

 

Peanut Butter Cup

  • 1 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Prepare your powdered peanut butter by mixing 1 tbsp of the powder with 1 tbsp of water.
  2. Top your overnight oats (warm/cold) with peanut butter and chocolate.

 

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