May 5, 2015

adventures in overnight oats...

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I have no idea why it took me so long to jump on this bandwagon, but I have a feeling I may be hooked. I recently realized I had a lone mason jar (er, recycled pickle jar) and a couple cups of rolled oats in our kitchen, and had the idea to make a few rounds of overnight oats and see how they turned out. For most of the past week, I've stuck to this breakfast (trying a few versions, which I'll mention below) and have found it to be so delicious, filling, and made with such simple ingredients (seeing "artificial flavors" on the box is something that bugs me about most instant oatmeal packets).

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I'm also someone who finds such comfort in routine, and I love preparing breakfast for the following morning every evening after dinner. I love knowing that there is something healthy and ready to be eaten right when I wake up! I'd gotten into the habit of filling up on my one cup of coffee, then making breakfast an afterthought (typically a bowl of cereal) a couple hours later. This is a much better alternative, especially because it helps limit my morning snacking!

If you haven't tried this before, you really have to. Odds are, you have everything you need to make a simple version of this breakfast already in your kitchen. (I was surprised by how many versions I was able to make without needing to buy any additional ingredients!) I need to be on the lookout for smaller mason jars, because I've found the size of the one I typically use is a little ridiculous—considering the relatively small serving I make. Still, I do like the idea of reusing this jar in yet another way!

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Here are a few versions I've tried:
  — 1 mashed banana, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, sprinkle of salt (a bit too sweet with the vanilla and the mashed banana, but otherwise it was delicious!)
  — 1/2 mashed banana, 3 chopped strawberries, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, sprinkle of chia seeds (this was so delicious that Eisley ate almost half my serving)
  — Maple Brown Sugar Refrigerator Oats, via Emily Levenson (my favorite so far!)

Here are a few versions I can't wait to try:
  — Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, via Free People
  — Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal, via Lovely Little Kitchen
  — Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats, via A Pumpkin and a Princess

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I've been making an effort to buy more fresh fruit and always have it ready for snacking or to add to meals (especially good when you have a 3 year old who is constantly asking for snacks!) and am still obsessed with making large batches of these muffins and freezing a bunch so we always have some to eat with breakfast or for Jay to take with his lunch. Don't be fooled: I periodically have a sizable bowl of Reese's Puffs for breakfast. But I figure if the healthier breakfasts outweigh those, then it balances out just fine.

If you have your own favorite recipe for overnight oats, please share! This is one of my new favorite things, and I'd love to discover a few new recipes to switch it up here and there.

Further reading: recipes I tried (and loved!)


  1. Yay for overnight oats! It's my favorite. I have to experiment a little more, but my favorite so far is:

    1/2 cup of almond milk
    2/3 cup of steel cut oats (from Costco - quick cooking!)
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tbsp maple syrup

    Stir and put in the fridge (the consistency will be a little less wet and more chewy, which I prefer!). Top with diced apple in the morning and heat up in the microwave.
    Smells like apple cake dessert :)

    1. I've totally added the oats to my Costco shopping list this week. Can't wait to try this! Thanks again for the recipe! <3

  2. I used to eat this every day for breakfast! I stopped doing so when I was pregnant with Liam because the dairy was upsetting my stomach, and currently I'm addicted to scrambled eggs every morning, but I should do this again every once in awhile. Here is a link to where I blogged my favorite version (blueberry maple, yum):

  3. Chia seeds soak together with oats? Or sprinkle it in the morning?

    1. You can do it either way! Some recipes call for them to be mixed right in the night before (which I've decided is my preference) but if you don't do it beforehand, you can always sprinkle them on right when you're ready to eat. :)


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