There are a lot of reasons to make oatmeal a part of your breakfast. It’s filling, thanks to all that fibre, and it won’t hurt your pocket. Health wise, It’s also a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, copper, and manganese.
But unfortunately, we all know oatmeal isn’t a ‘sexy’ food. Plain oatmeal can be mushy and tasteless and it’s a pain to cook in the morning. Packets of instant oats are often full of added sugar and other undesirable ingredients. So how do you get the benefits of oats without the boredom?
With overnight oats, you can make a breakfast that feels a bit decadent but is actually good for you. If you prepare the oats in a jar, they’re portable, which means you can take them to eat at the office if you’re in a rush. And bonus: it’s ready and waiting for you to heat up and eat in the morning.
The idea is simple: mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or jar, leave them in the fridge overnight, then enjoy in the morning hot or cold. No boiling oatmeal or fussing with sugar-laden instant oats packages.
Here are my top 3 recipes for delicious overnight oats. If you have one to share please do so in the comments below. I am always looking for delicious, healthy ideas!
1. Cookie Dough – 1/3 cup oats, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 scoop ON 100% Gold Standard Cookies n’ Cream Whey protein, 1 packet stevia.
In a blender combine everything except for the oats, chia seeds and half of the milk. Combine the oat mixture to the chickpea mixture. Allow oats to cook overnight. Top with PB and other goodies in the morning.
MACROS: P34g – C41g – F3 – Ckal 361
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats – 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp. nut butter of choice, 25g strawberries chopped, 50g banana, 1 scoop ON 100% Gold Standard Extreme Chocolate whey protein.
In an almost empty jar of Peanut Butter or a regular mason jar, add all ingredients into the jar and mix well. Put in the fridge overnight to let the oats soak (about 10 hours). In the morning, remove from fridge and stir well, if necessary add in more water/almond milk if the oats soaked up all liquid. Put in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until heated throughout.
MACROS: P32g – C46g – F11 – Ckal 399
3. Blueberry Cheesecake Oats – 1/2 cup Blueberries, 2 tbsp Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 scoop 100% Gold Standard Vanilla Cream Whey Protein, 1/3 serving, 1/4 cup Fat Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup Oats, 1/2 1 tbsp chia seeds.
Whisk together almond milk and 1 tbsp protein powder until smooth. Mix in chia seeds and 1/3 cup rolled oats. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup yogurt. Set aside. In a resealable container or jar, layer oat mixture, cream cheese mixture and blueberries. Refrigerate overnight.
MACROS: P24g – C45g – F7 – Ckal 335
With love from the Trench kitchen,