If you’re a food blog junkie like me, you’ve seen the recipe everywhere: overnight oats.
But cold oats? I just wasn’t feeling it. However, I’ll try anything once and since I had an empty jar of peanut butter staring me in the face, I felt obligated to throw together my own version of overnight oats.
But before we get into the recipe, it’s time for a few truths…
Truth #1: This picture is horrible. I was lazy and snapped it with my iPhone right before digging in. If you want pretty pictures of overnight oats, try , , or . These people show their overnight oats some lovin’ I just can’t muster…
Truth #2: I got about halfway through breakfast when I threw in the towel, dumped out my oats into a bowl, and warmed them up in the microwave. I am officially Team Warm Oats!
- 1/3 c. oats
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/3 c. milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/3 scoop protein powder (Optional; I used vanilla)
- Mix together all ingredients.
- Pour into empty nut butter jar and place in refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, add another scoop of nut butter (if desired), mix, and enjoy!
How to “level up” this recipe:
- Add some chopped fruit, such as apples or strawberries, or mash half of a banana and stir in.
- Substitute 1/3 c. greek yogurt for the water.
How to “level down” this recipe:
- Omit the chia seeds. The seeds help with liquid absorption and add a punch of protein and fiber, but if you don’t have any on hand, it’s okay to leave them out!
- To sweeten your oats, add 1/2 Tbsp. maple or agave syrup, a few chocolate chips, or a splash of vanilla.