Saturday, June 23, 2012

Overnight Oats

Yes, I'm joining the bandwagon! I'm sure many (if not all) of you have seen a recipe or two (or ten THOUSAND) for a little thing called 'overnight oats'. But have you tried it yet? NO!? WHAT!? Are you people crazy! Overnight oats are the easiest, healthiest, fastest and one of the most delicious (a close tie with banana pancakes) breakfasts. This simple breakfast is so crazy good for you-full of protein, healthy carbs, healthy fats, fiber, and a bazillion vitamins and minerals! Talk about kickstarting your day!

It's cool, creamy and sweet-not to mention chock full of nutrients! can also be made warm - all you need to do is throw it in the microwave for a few minutes.

So do I have you convinced you need to try it? No?! Wow, you guys are a tough crowd... well maybe this picture will do the trick:

You're ready to try now? ...ya-I thought whipped cream and sprinkles would change your mind :)

Basic Overnight Oats
-1/3 cup dry oats (or any other dry 'hot' cereal)
-1 TBSP. flax seed
-1 TBSP. chia seeds
-1 TBSP. wheat germ
-1/2 cup milk (any kind will work just fine!)
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt (but if you only have regular that is fine too! I'm very agreeable today!)

1. Throw everything in a small mason jar and shake to stir it all together! OH WAIT! -be sure to add the jar's lid first! :)
2. Clean up the kitchen if you starting shaking your mason jar BEFORE reading the part about adding the jar's lid
3. Let sit overnight (or at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator
...there are so many variations of this-by adding different milks (almond, soy, chocolate!) or different yogurt flavors. You can also add fruit (fresh, frozen, canned), nuts, or any extracts & flavorings you may be feeling 

For this berry version I added to the basic recipe:
-1/4 cup berry blend frozen fruit
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 tsp. almond extract
-1 TBSP. slivered almonds
topped with whipped cream and sprinkles!

Feel free to mess around with the basic recipe and create some new combos all your own! Leave a comment and let me know your favorite recipe for overnight oats! I'd love to try some new varieties out :)

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