I discovered overnight oats after I had my first baby + if there was any definition of game changer for me in that season of life, that was it. Breakfast was always a little hard to make happen with a baby....well, it happened, but like at 10:00am. And by that time, my blood sugar had dropped, I felt shaky, and I was starving, which never led to a healthy food decision. These overnight oats require you to take it out of the fridge, maybe add a topping, and then just eat it. It is perfect for anyone who needs grab-n-go in the morning, but oats are also great for breastfeeding. Oats are one of the foods that benefit milk supply! I'd say this is a double whammy win for a new mama.
BASIC OVERNIGHT OATS
1/2 large banana or 1 small banana + 1/3 cup oats + 2 Tbsp chia seeds + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup almond milk (optional: 1 tbsp PB + drizzle pure maple syrup). In a Mason jar, mash one banana, add remaining ingredients except for PB + syrup. Mix well and store in fridge overnight. In the AM, eat as is or mix in PB and syrup.
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI OVERNIGHT OATS
1/2 large banana or 1 small banana + 1/3 cup oats + 1 tbsp cacao powder + 1/4 cup shredded zucchini + 3/4 cup almond milk + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. In a Mason jar, mash the banana, add in remaining ingredients. Mix well + store in fridge. In the AM, mix in a drizzle of pure maple syrup or raw honey.
STRAWBERRIES N CREAM OVERNIGHT OATS
1/2 banana + 1/3 cup oats + 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1 tbsp chia seeds + 1/4 cup of chopped strawberries + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + 3/4 cup almond milk. In a Mason jar, mash one banana, then add in remaining ingredients. Mix well and store in fridge. In the AM, mix in a good squirt of raw honey and enjoy!
CHOCOLATE COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATS
1/2 banana + 1/3 cup oats + 1 heaping Tbsp cacao powder + 2 tbsp chia seeds + layer of unsweetened shredded coconut + 1 cup of almond milk + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract extract. Stir that baby up and keep in fridge overnight. In the AM, you can add a small drizzle of pure maple syrup if you want!
Note: these will keep up to a week in the fridge!
What kind of oats do you like to use? Regular or steal cut?
I love this idea. Especially the thought of extra sleep instead of making breakfast.
Im new to overnight oats… are they not cooked?
Do you eat them cold?