Today was a day of firsts! My FIRST batch of overnight oats and my first time taking my foodie pictures with a real camera. What a difference. So long iPhone pictures; I’ve upgraded. Yesterday afternoon, Dawn over at Prior Fat Girl tweeted that she made her first batch of overnight oats. This inspired me to do the same. As far as recipes go, I had no idea where to begin. I stumbled upon Kath Eats Real Food post on Overnight Oats and set out to prepare the breakfast.
I followed her simple recipe, with a bit of variation. The beautiful part about oatmeal? It is so customizable. Keep in mind that overnight oats do not need to be cooked. You just prepare the night before and the oats absorb the liquid/yogurt overnight.
|Simple & Easy Overnight Oats||
- 1/3 cup Steel Cut Oats (I used this instant of Rolled Oats; both will work)
- 1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup Almond Milk (depending how thick you like your oats)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (or flax seeds… or both)
- Pinch of salt
- Toppings: YOUR CHOICE! I did 1/4 large peach, 1/2 cup blueberries, and 1/4 cup crunchy banana-flavored granola.
- Stir all of the ingredients in a bowl. I recommend using a spatula because to an extent you will want to mash the banana chunks into the mixture. Store in the refrigerator covered or uncovered (I opted for covered). In the morning, top with your choice of toppings (something crunchy? fruity?). ENJOY!
This morning, I woke up at 7:15 am. I forced myself to get up and get out on a run. My day is always 1000x better when I start it with exercise, but it takes an extra push to get myself out there. I was motivated throughout my run by the thought that I had these delicious oats awaiting me upon my return. I busted out 7 miles! My goal was to keep it under a 10:15 pace… AND I DID! Check out my route, pace, and Garmin Connect info here.
I got back from my run, chugged some water, took a shower, and was able to enjoy my breakfast freshly showered and ready for the day!
I made enough for both my mom and I. She dug into hers before I had a chance to take a photo, but I actually like how it shows the oats.
You could always warm the oats a bit the next morning, but both my mom and I loved them cold. The banana was the PERFECT flavor to have with the oats. That was my absolute favorite part. I felt a bit like I was eating banana pudding–dessert for breakfast.
Have you ever made overnight oats? What’s your favorite add-in?
xoxo Savvy Sassy Me