Overnight oats

Its Thursday! Now that I’m working that has a whole new meaning!

I will start with Dinner because it was too delicious not to share and end with breakfast (hmm may not have thought that one through). Last night I made spaghetti squash with lazy-man meat sauce. I roasted the spaghetti squash (directions can be found here), sautéed 3 cloves garlic (I was making for Chris), then browned 1/3 pound ground beef with the garlic and added 1/2 a can of Ragu. Super easy and plop it on your spaghetti squash boat with a sprinkle of feta and walah!

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Clearly oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food and may even work its way into just one of my favorite overall foods. I just can’t get enough of it. However, making oatmeal in the morning is super annoying, because I prefer stovetop oatmeal it really eats into my mornings and usually causes me to be late. To fix this I have started making overnight oats.

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So what are overnight oats? Not too surprising, they are oats you prepare the night (or a couple hours early if enjoying them for lunch or dinner) before, stick them in the refrigerator  and then Bam your breakfast is ready to go, the next morning and travels very well if that appeals to you. So now nobody has the excuse not to eat a nutritious breakfast!

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Is the sound of cold oatmeal super appealing? If it is, then keep reading because overnight oats will be right up your alley. If not (which I’m prepared will probably be the majority) then also keep reading, and have  just a little bit of an open mind, because I believe I will convert you by the end.

The key to overnight oats are chia seeds. They start out so little and absorb fluid to swell and thicken the oatmeal to make a creamy consistency.

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Really if you have the base ingredients you can play around to get the consistency you like best, I don’t like my oatmeal super runny so I use less milk and yogurt. Just personal preference.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk)

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (watch out for flavored yogurt it is full of added sugar)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp chia seeds

miscellaneous add-ins: frozen fruit, smashed ripe banana, peanut butter, raw nuts

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Mix all the ingredient together and add in your desired flavor. My favorite is frozen raspberries. They are cheap and then in the morning they are thaw and perfectly sweet and juicy. But oatmeal mixture in an airtight container and store in refrigerator. Wait at least a half hour for it to thicken, the longer it sits the creamier it gets.

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Here is a picture from The Yummylife that shows just how creative you can get with these! Have fun and enjoy!5992

 

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6 thoughts on “Overnight oats

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing Alyssa! This morning I get to catch up on your blog, love it! I am a HUGE fan of overnight oats, I prepare my breakfast every night otherwise the oats will make me late… YES CHRIS… the oats make us late!! 🙂 I recently bought some yummy chia chips! mmmm mmmm but have never had the chia seeds. I think I would like to begin adding them to my diet… where do you find them?

    • faith, hope & quinoa says:

      Soo what do you put in your overnight oats, if you don’t use chia seeds? And I would recommend chia seeds or flax seeds. Nutrition wise they have pretty much the same benefits. But overnight oats wise chia seeds absorb more fluid and so make the oatmeal thick, creamy, and delicious. I don’t believe Wal-mart has them, but the Cloquet health food store should. And I know for sure that whole foods in Duluth has chia seeds in the bulk section so you can get a smaller amount and they aren’t quite as expensive.

  2. Linda Tierney says:

    Love me some overnight oats! I’m into adding blueberries to mine right now. Also, Alyssa, you would be proud to know that when I use berries, I no longer add ANY sugar! No Honey, no syrup, no nothing! (Using plain yogurt too!) Still lots of fake vanilla, though… which apparently is bad for you:)

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