Overnight oats are something I have been making for ages. Not only is it amazingly healthy but it is super easy to make and will keep you full for hours. There are many ways that you can prepare overnight oats, honestly I can sit here and think of a million different flavor combinations. This is another wonderful thing about them, you can choose the flavors you like best and you will never get tired of them because you can switch it up all the time. There is a basic formula I follow for my oats:
– 1/4 cup Rolled Oats (not instant)
– 1 tsp Chia Seeds (black or white is fine)
– 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
– 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (can use any type of milk)
– Sweetener of choice (I use Truvia)
– Fruit of choice
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Typically for my flavor options I use 1 tbs of sugar free pudding mix. You can just as easily use applesauce, pumpkin, mashed banana, etc…
Preparing the oats is easy. Grab a mason jar with a lid (or tupperware) add all of the above ingredients except fruit. Put the lid on the container and shake vigorously to mix together all the ingredients. Open the jar and stir in whatever fruit you want to use then close the jar and stick it back into the refrigerator. That’s all there is too it! I mean come on now, how easy is that? As it sits overnight the oats and the chia seeds will soak up all the liquid. In the morning just open the jar, insert spoon and munch. I like to top mine with granola or cereal for an extra crunch, but you certainly don’t have too. Now I know a lot of people don’t like cold oatmeal so if you prefer you can heat the jar (without lid) in the microwave for a little bit and eat them warm.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
Just use the standard ingredients listed above and add 1 tbs sugar free lemon pudding mix.
Standard ingredients, 1 tbs sugar free lemon pudding, 2 chopped apricots & you can see I added cheerios to this one.
Chocolate PB & Banana
Standard ingredients, 1 tbs sugar free chocolate pudding mix, 1 tbs PB2 (or regular peanut butter), sliced banana.
Standard ingredients plus, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1 tbs sugar free butterscotch pudding mix, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I added granola to this one before eating.
Standard ingredients, 1 tbs sugar free cheesecake pudding mix, raspberries.
Standard ingredients, 1 tbs sugar free pistachio pudding mix, raspberries.
I plan on trying an Apple Pie variety soon. This one will include the standard ingredients, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, 1/4 tsp apple pie spice and some chopped fresh apple.
Overnight oats are perfect for people who are always rushing in the morning as this is just something you can grab and eat on the go. I would also recommend this to parents who have school aged children. It doesn’t create much of a mess and is something fun they can do that will get them involved in making healthy and nutritious breakfast choices. If you find that this is not enough you can always double the ingredients to make it a larger breakfast. Sometimes I feel more hungry than others so I will use 1/3 cup of oats instead of a 1/4 cup. The oats will last a couple of days in the refrigerator so feel free to make a few at one time.
******* If you are not using the pudding mix I would reduce the almond milk to 1/3c. You need a 1/2c for the pudding mix because it gets thick but if you are going to leave out the mix and just use applesauce or pumpkin puree or something almond those lines stick to 1/4c – 1/3c so it wont be too runny. You could also add more chia seeds to soak up the liquid.