Good morning, friends!
Update: Overnight oats have literally changed my life. I don’t know why I never made them before, because they take literally 5 minutes to whip up (you know, aside from waiting overnight to eat them). I often struggle with breakfast before work… I get pretty bored easily and sometimes end up eating leftovers instead of making something breakfast-y (nothing wrong with that). But, I do want to start eating more oatmeal, and I feel like I say this a lot on here. I hate that sugary packaged stuff, so finding my own ways to sweeten and brighten a bowl of oatmeal is necessary.
Goodbye to trying anything else but THIS. There are endless ways to prepare a mason jar of oats – chocolate, vanilla, fruity, peanut butter, carrot cake, cinnamon, ahhhh. I mean, endlessssss. I kicked off my love affair with this recipe with chocolate. Can’t go wrong with chocolate. These oats are dreamy. DREAMY!! They are sweet (without crazy added sugar), filling, and so creamy. I really can’t believe I have never made them before. I think this is the start of a very beautiful relationships with oatmeal… 2017 is looking really good for us.
This recipe is nothing fancy or crazy – to be honest, this is just one of thousands of recipes for overnight oats. It’s really the same thing over and over, but this is what works for me. You can add whatever you’d like!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tbs cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or more, depending on how sweet you’d like it)
- Pinch of salt
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- Add all ingredients into a mason jar (except banana), close lid, and shake it up. Leave in fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours). Top with bananas, nuts, whatever you’d like. That’s it!
Sometimes, I use dates to sweeten instead of maple syrup. I simple add two dates with about 1/4 cup water to a blender and run until smooth liquid. I replace 1/4 of the 1/2 cup of milk with that. It works just as nicely, but not as creamy.
I can’t express to you enough that if you are not a huge fan of oats/oatmeal, this may be the gateway you have been waiting for. Joe even tried them and said, “that is not bad at all.” This says A LOT because Joe really doesn’t like oatmeal. Just trust me.
I hope you’ll give it a go – minimal ingredients are a win, as if you needed another reason aside from the fact that it takes no time. Please let me know if you do, and pleaaaaase share your own overnight oat recipes with me below. I need all the awesome combinations.
Expect more recipes like this in the future. I already have a list of combinations to try! Have a gorgeous day. xx bianca