Good morning all! Hope your Thursday is off to a great start! The other day, as I was eating my overnight oats, I realized I’ve never just shared a basic recipe for overnight oats here on the blog. I’ve probably shared it at some point on Instagram, but figured I’d pop in this morning and get overnight oats down to the basics! I’ll also give you a few ideas for how to add a punch of protein to oats, so they have a little more staying power.
I love overnight oats for many reasons…first, and most obvious, you make them ahead of time, thereby simplifying your morning routine! Second, I like eliminating as many dishes as possible and this is a one jar and done situation, and finally, you can customize them so you never get bored! I always eat my oats cold in the morning, but you can easily pop your bowl in the microwave if you prefer them warm.
Basic Overnight Oats:
- 1/2 C Rolled Oats
- 1/2 – 3/4 C Almond milk or slightly more if you like your oats more liquid-y (or another milk of your choice)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Cinnamon (I don’t usually just measure, just kind of feel it out)
Place all ingredients in a mason jar (or other container that can be sealed tightly), mix well, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add in extra almond milk if needed and your extra protein (if you’re so inclined). I will say, the oats I use already have 6 grams of protein per serving, but I do like to add a little more just to keep me satisfied.
Protein Options to mix in with your oats in the morning:
- Scoop of Greek Yogurt
- Flavored Protein Powder (I usually add in just a tbsp or less of Chocolate Shakeology)
- Collagen Peptides- just a small spoonful (I currently use Vital Proteins collagen, it mixes right in and I promise you cannot taste it)
And now for some topping options:
- Banana and peanut butter: slice up half a banana, then drizzle some peanut butter right on top
- Raisins, slivered almonds, and a touch of honey
- Raspberries (or any other berries) with a drizzle of almond butter
- Dried apricots, shaved coconut, and cashews
- Chopped apples, walnuts, and dried cranberries
There you have it! A recipe for basic oats, plus some protein options and fun toppings to spice it up! Have a happy, happy day all!