Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Overnight Oats

I always say that there are trends in the blogging world.  Things that we all tend to do, eat and indulge in.  I would have to say that the one item that is most prevalent is Overnight Oats and Oats in a Jar!  I dare you to search your google reader or the internet for either of those phrases and see how many hits you get...  I did and for Oats in a Jar I got 242,000 hits!!!  That is a lot of jars!!

Why is it so popular you ask?  Lets see shall we....

  • They take minutes to prepare
  • Require 0 thinking in the morning
  • Very healthy
  • Super filling
  • Travel friendly
  • Limitless flavor combinations!
  • Works for every season

OIAJ! Look at the nut butter surprise at the bottom
You can make this super tasty breakfast any way you like.  I usually stick with the same 2 base recipes and add to them depending on my mood....

My go to recipe is 1/4 cup of raw oats (not instant), 1 smashed banana, 2 Tbls of chia seeds, and 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice).   From there you can add fruit, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice or whatever your heart desires!  I tend to add a bit of granola to the mix in the morning for some contrast in texture.
Pumpkin overnight oats w/ smashed banana
My back up recipe that I have been loving lately is 1/4 cup raw oats, 2 Tbls nut butter, 2 Tbls chia seeds, 1 container of Chobani yogurt and a splash of almond milk.

Oats in a mason jar... ready, set, GO!
Which ever style you choose on, mix together your ingredients in a container and refrigerate overnight or at least an hour.  Don't be too concerned with precise measuring.. to be honest, I never measure.  I just dump into a bowl, stir and voila! Breakfast in a flash!

This breakfast is my weekday favorite!  I encourage all of you to go out and create your own oats in a  jar!  Then please come back here and tell me your recipe!  Sharing is caring!!!