Ode to Overnight Oats
Oatmeal is my FAVORITE breakfast. There are just so many delicious combinations you can add to your oats—berries, apples, nut butter, coconut, cocoa, dried fruit, nuts. . . the possibilities are endless! The best way to get thick, fluffy oats is to make overnight oats, a trick I learned from Clean Eating Chelsey’s blog.
Basic Overnight Oats
- ½ c rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
- ½ c water
- ½ c nondairy milk
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds or flax seed meal
All you do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and stick in the fridge overnight. You may want to cover the bowl to ensure that your oats don’t soak in flavor from other things in your fridge. I always add a little more water because the chia seeds will expand and soak the liquid up.
In the morning just pull your fluffy oats out and mix in whatever toppings you please! I usually heat mine up because I like hot oats better, but since it’s so hot right now I’ve been eating them cold. Recent favorites:
Fresh berries drizzled with PB2
A half scoop of protein powder, blueberries, and a dollop of peanut butter.
And my newest creation? Mint Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats! I can’t take credit for this—I got it from Heather Eats Almond Butter, but I was so amazed by the idea that I had to share it with you all. It really tastes like you are eating a bowl of ice cream (or maybe more like a frosty) for breakfast! But, of course, it’s healthy!
Mint Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
Serves 2. Vegan, gluten free
- 2/3 c rolled oats
- 1 c nondairy milk
- 1 c water
- A few big handfuls of spinach
- 1 avocado
- 1 Tbsp whole psyllium husks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ – 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Stevia or other sweetener
- Pinch of sea salt (to bring out sweetness)
- 1 chopped square of dark chocolate or 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
Directions: Blend oats with milk and water and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove thickened oats from the fridge and blend with remaining ingredients except chocolate until smooth. Top each serving with half of the chocolate. The psyllium husks will make it thicken; the longer it sits, the thicker it will get. You can easily cut this recipe in half to make one serving.
Each serving has ~380 calories, 41 g carbs, 22 g healthy fat, 8 g protein, 13 g fiber, and 10 g sugar
And if you still need more convincing to try it, consider this article that says eating a higher fat breakfast is healthy and can help with weight loss! But this photo is all the convincing I need:
Questions: Do you eat oats for breakfast? What are some variations you like? Do you like mint chocolate ice cream? It’s one of my favorite flavors!