I very distinctly remember the first time I tried overnight oats and the feeling of “HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?” that came with it. A few reasons that I am so head-over-heels:
a) They take a few minutes to prepare before bed and zero in the morning
b) They travel really well and require nothing but a spoon
c) They’re nourishing to boot
d) They taste really dreamy
Just in case you’re in the dark about the overnight oats trend like I was, it’s really just oatmeal that you let sit for a few hours or overnight instead of cooking. I always put chia seeds in mine, which soak up the liquid like nobody’s business while also packing a serious punch of omega-3s.
Here are two recipe variations I’m a fan of but I can’t encourage you enough to play around and have fun coming up with combos you love! I must admit that I’m partial to the first recipe because um CHOCOLATE, but the second is a nice change and great for times when you don’t have a ripe banana lying around.
Vegan Chocolate Cake Batter Oats
- 1 medium banana
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp sun butter or nut butter of choice
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- big pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup almond milk (you can add more to thin out if desired)
Mash the banana in a bowl or tupperware. Add all remaining ingredients and stir together until well-combined. Refrigerate until ready to eat (at least a few hours).
High-Protein Tangy Strawberry Overnight Oats
(17 g protein/serving when made with 1% milk)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp strawberry jam (more for topping if desired)
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup milk (you can add more to thin out if desired)
Stir all ingredients together until well-combined and then refrigerate until ready to eat (at least a few hours).
If you happen to be wondering, I put more oats in the second recipe simply because it has no banana and ends up being about the same volume! And lastly, the two recipes have very different textures; the first is light and airy while the second is much denser and more stick-to-your-ribs. All to say that if you’re not a fan of one, definitely consider giving the other a try before you throw out the idea of overnight oats for good!
Have you ever tried overnight oats? How do you prepare yours?