Recipe: Overnight Oats

Updated – I wish that I had explored overnight oats sooner. I started making them last month and I can honestly say this was from a thought distortion I had around oats.

I started health coaching because my experiences led me to want to help others, so I will always be as honest as possible. While I live flexibly now and have been exploring my food relationship for years, I can acknowledge that there were times that this wasn’t always the case.

I had tried some other recipes before making my own that suggested cold oats – NOT MY THING. Some had suggested using yogurt – I thought these were too thick and also for cold eating. This is my basic recipe for overnight oats. You can add whatever you want, this will just give you a helpful base to get started.

What You’ll Need

  •  1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of milk or milk alternative
  • 1/2 serving of protein of choice (I usually use one that is flavored like chocolate or peanut butter)
  • cinnamon – optional
  • vanilla extract – optional
  • container for overnight storage (a jar works like a gem)
  • liquid measuring cup

Directions:

  1. Measure out a 1/2 cup of oats (or a serving according to your label) in your container.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of almond milk (you can use any milk). To measure I used a liquid measuring cup just for ease.
  3. Add a little cinnamon to taste and vanilla extract. Stir until cinnamon appears to be well mixed. If using a jar, seal the lid and shake!
  4. Add protein powder if desired.
  5. Place in fridge for overnight because you know, they’re overnight oats.

Note: I add half a scoop of whey/casein blend to my oats for more protein. This makes them thicker, you may need to adjust liquid for protein powders.

I follow every time I make over night oats. Often I will add a nut butter and fruit. Sometimes I’ll add chocolate chips.

Some of my favorite combinations have been: blueberries and chocolate protein with chocolate chips, chocolate chips and peanut butter with chocolate or peanut butter protein, vanilla protein with pumpkin pie spices.

Have fun with your flavors!

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