Overnight Oats

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Hi, my name is Kaylin and I’m addicted to overnight oats. No really, I’m admitting to an awfully odd obsession with this tasty little dish. I mean how can you not love a warm bowl of oats with a little 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 nights it’s simply the process of soaking the oats 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 yoga class or work it’s nice knowing my breakfast is prepped and ready to be enjoyed with little fuss in the kitchen. Another tidbit (which I will explain further in the notes) is that even if you’re in a hurry, and we’ve all been there, is most overnight oat recipes can be thrown into a blender and made into a smoothie to be enjoyed on the go without compromising flavor.

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 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.

Basic Overnight Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Oats)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened dairy-free milk (almond, cashew, coconut, hemp milk, etc.)
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp flax or chia seeds
  • honey or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat or enjoy cold with additional fruit or toppings.

Pumpkin Pie Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1/3 c organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • optional toppings: cocoa nibs, pepitas and sliced banana
  1. Combine all the above ingredients except for toppings in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat to warm and top with pepitas, banana and cocoa nibs.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • optional toppings: unsweetened coconut flakes, strawberries and dairy-free chocolate chips 
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients except for toppings in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat to warm and top with coconut, strawberries and chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened hemp milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • optional toppings: hemp seeds, crushed almonds and walnuts and sliced banana
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients except for toppings in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat to warm and top with hemp, nuts and banana.

Blueberry Muffin Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cashew milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • optional toppings: sunflower seeds and blueberries 
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients except for toppings in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat to warm and top with seeds and berries.

Carrot Cake Oats

Vegan/Gluten-free/Soy-free

  • 1/4 c gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cashew milk
  • ½ banana
  • 2 tbsp grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp almond butter 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • optional toppings: pecans and raisins 
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients except for toppings in a mason jar or sealed container and place in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning heat to warm and top with pecans and raisins.

 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!

 

Notes:

All of the above recipes can be made into smoothies. You can prepare the oats the same way but when ready to blend add in an additional ½ cup liquid of choice. The additional toppings can be added into the blender and/or sprinkled on top. I tend to blend in any additional fruit and nuts and just top with coconut, cocoa nibs or seeds depending on the recipe.

Though not mentioned in the above recipes, other topping ideas include homemade granola, homemade fig jam, walnuts, cashews, pecans, goji berries, dried cranberries, figs and dates (I’ve tried them all and they ALL work as great additions!).

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