Simple, easy, and convenient. It’s the perfect recipe for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack – especially if you’re a mom like me. Overnight oats will change your life.
This is why I’ve found a new love for overnight oats. It’s easily the most convenient breakfast meal I’ve recently discovered. My (soon to be) mother-in-law introduced me to this little piece of heaven shortly after my daughter was born and I’ve never looked at hot oatmeal the same. I was positive I wouldn’t like oats cold before actually trying them, but boy was I wrong!
I’m a big believer of balance (in all things of life), so it’s tempting to not eat it every morning. I will admit, I’m totally guilty of eating it the past three days. I should’ve known when I had them for the first time, I wanted to make more and have it later the same day.
Prepare the jar in the evening or right before heading to bed, then you can literally grab it in the morning before leaving the house and eat it right away. Smartest invention ever, right?
I generally use a mason jar for the simple reason of making it even more convenient than it already is. The easily twist off top decreases the possibility of spilling (which I need more than ever). I’m seriously so clumsy, it amazes me sometimes.
You can buy the mason jars pictured below for a pretty reasonable price. I purchased the 16oz. jars and found that when mixing the oats, it’s the perfect size. The jars are available individually or in a pack of four. I bought a 4-pack of the Ball brand at Wal-Mart for roughly $7-8. Here’s the link for it.
Like I said, I mix the entire oats recipe in the jar. Anytime I can get by with using less dishes, the better.
The oats and almond milk is a 1:1 ratio. I find that one half cup of oats with one half cup of almond milk is an adequate amount to be filling enough for the next two hours. You can use any amount you prefer, but use a 1:1 ratio so the density of the mixture isn’t too thick or too watery.
Next, add in and mix brown sugar, honey, flax seed meal, and chia seeds. The flax seed meal and chia seeds aren’t necessary, but they provide amazing benefits for your body, so I highly recommend it. Both ingredients provide a decent amount of protein and fiber. Think of it as helping your body digest your food better and flush toxins.
If you’re being more health conscious, you may skip the brown sugar and honey – I like a little bit more taste. You can pretty much add or skip any ingredient you desire, except for the almond milk and oats, of course. This is what I love about overnight oats! You can literally add whatever you’d like! If you don’t have almond milk available, feel free to use water! I’ve substituted water quite a few times when I realized a little too late that I didn’t have almond milk in the refrigerator.
Add to the mixture: a handful of almonds, one tablespoon of raisins and one-fourth cup of your choice of fruit. I used blueberries – the sweet taste mixed perfectly with everything else, SO yummy! Quite often, I use strawberries or half of a banana.
Now, how delicious does that look? It tastes better than it looks. I had to sweet talk my fiancé into tasting it, he’s now in love with overnight oats. Don’t let the idea of cold oats fool you, it’s absolutely amazing. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t appeal to someone AFTER they taste it (unless they hate oats, or something like that).
This is one of the easiest recipes for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack – it’s also one of my favorites! Make it an amazing day after this long holiday weekend!
Prep. Time: 3-5 minutes
- 1/2 c. oats
- 1/2 c. almond milk or water
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp honey
- handful almonds (whole or sliced)
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1/4 c. fruit of your choice
- 1 tsp flax seed meal
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Mix the oats and almond milk in a 16oz. mason jar.
- Add brown sugar, honey, flax seed meal and chia seeds.
- Top the mixture with almonds, raisins and fruit of your choice.
- Refrigerate and enjoy in the morning!