{Overnight Oats} My First Batch of The Delicious Goodness

by Kacie Phillips on August 16, 2012

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
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Savvy Sassy Me
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 1
Here is my simple and easy variation on Kath Eats recipe for Overnight Oats.
Ingredients
  • 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.
Instructions
  1. 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

  • http://www.juliannabananna.com Julianna @ Julianna Bananna

    i love overnight oats!!! i don’t make them often enough because i always forget to make them the night before. and i also love making them in almost-empty nut butter jars!

    • Kacie Phillips

      Yummy! I need to look that up. :) I used steel cut oats instead of rolled oats because that is what I had on hand.. but it turned out so great!

    • NicoletteBarnes

      If you forget, you can just use QUICK oats (not instant) and mix everything together, and they only need to sit a few minutes and they are ready!!

  • http://www.roadrunnergirl.com Mindy @ Road Runner Girl

    Looks yummy! I’ve GOT to try this!!!

    • Kacie Phillips

      Yes ma’am! TRY IT! I highly recommend. :)

  • http://Www.facebook.com/alwaysrunningbutneverlate Jenna

    Yessss! I adore oatmeal in any form, and the overnight method is fantastic! I live chia in mine and banana for sure! I’m also a chocolate and pb freak so that usually finds it’s way in too!! SPALove!!

    • Kacie Phillips

      I actually made Chocolate PB2 overnight oats last night, and had them this morning! So delicious… especially with Dark Chocolate Almond Milk too. :)

  • Kristin Monica

    One of my best friends just got onto this kick seeing it here, I am now motivated to try it. It looks yummy, and I love Oatmeal so I’m certain I will like it… :-)

    • Kacie Phillips

      YES! It is so good! Give it a try. It’s a good way to mix up the typical oatmeal-a-day meal. :)

      • Kristin Monica

        Hey Kacie, so I tried it and I LOVED it! As I knew I would… What other easy breakfast meals do you like to have? I am fully in the belief that breakfast is very very necessary to level out that low blood sugar when you wake up. I always try to eat within that 30 minute window of waking up, however, 3 kids to get ready in the morning…it’s a challenge! So I opt for the easy things and you sound pretty busy so I would put money on the fact that you have a few more quick recipes up your sleeve… ~Kristin

        • Kacie Phillips

          Hey Kristin! Yay! So glad you liked it! I tend to go between a few staples: Quick oatmeal (instant) with flax/chia and topped with fresh fruit. Overnight oats. And a high fiber bran cereal (again with flax/chia) + fruit. Every once in awhile, I also do a protein + fiber packed smoothie or greek yogurt topped with granola + fruit. Yesterday, I mixed it up even MORE and did some organic waffles topped with fruit, GY on the side. :) Breakfast is knead so important, but it can be quick and easy! Best of luck! The staples to pick up at the store? Organic flax seeds, organic chia seeds, quick oats, steel cut oats, greek yogurt, fruit. :)

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahLochTest Sarah

    I make over night oats all the time! Always old fashioned oats, everything else varies…vanilla Stoneyfield, Silk dark chocolate almond milk, cranberry juice….and tons of fruit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406549816 Melani

    Jenna has some great recipe’s too. I also love Emily at Daily Garnish, she has great stuff! I have to seocnd your oatmeal comment, I never liked real oatmeal before but after seeing all the yummy things Kath puts into hers and trying it for myself I’m in love!

    • Kacie Phillips

      Oh, you too?! YES! It is delicious!

  • http://fitness2food.blogspot.com Lauren

    Ah yes! I remember my first overnight oat experience their the best!

    • Kacie Phillips

      It’s a beautiful thing, huh? GO OVERNIGHT OATS!

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