I love to eat all the things. ALL THE THINGS! This summer I have had little motivation to cook but I still need to fuel up, especially with protein and carbs for breakfast. I know I may be late to the party, but overnight oats are my new favorite thing. They don’t always look that appealing, but the allure of waking up to breakfast Salready being made was enough to make me give them a whirl.
The base recipe is stupid simple. The magic comes from the things you can add, and the possibilities are endless. With summer fruit so inexpensive and delicious right now, I’m grabbing a lot to throw into my mix.
My basic recipe for overnight oats is usually a ratio of 1/3 old-fashioned oats, 1/3 Greek yogurt, and 1/3 milk or dairy substitute. Too much milk makes my stomach hurt, so I use coconut “milk”. I usually add half a scoop of some kind of protein powder too, for gainzzzzz. Sometimes I add chia seeds, and today I also added a dash of cinnamon and this secret ingredient:
Almond extract is my amazing, secret ingredient that makes oats with peaches, cherries, and other summer fruit taste so good. Nom nom nom.
When only the basic ingredients are in the bowl, it looks and tastes like sadness. So add some stuff and make it happy.
Today I chopped up a white nectarine. I have to nab fruit fast in this house, before my kids gobble it up. I might force them to work at a grocery store soon for the discount. They eat all my stuff, dammit. Add whatever fruit you have sitting around. Along with my typical chia and protein powder, I might add a little low-sugar jam or PB2 too, depending on what else I have going on in there. It’s a party.
Mix it all up, cover, and throw it in the refrigerator. You can let it sit overnight or just a few hours. It’ll thicken up and the flavors will meld and make breakfast magic. I decided to add some blueberries to my bowl at the last minute. Most people put these in a mason jar, because Pinterest loves that shit, but I just throw mine in a plain jane bowlor whatever leftover plastic container actually still has a matching lid. Sorry, hipsters.
Read on below for the recipe and nutrition info. Have your own favorite overnights oats recipe? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment or chat with us about it on our Facebook page!