I love breakfast. Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, toast and peanut butter. I could go on and on. While browsing the web, I recently happened across recipes for “overnight oats”. The twist on regular oats occurs in the preparations of overnight oats. You simply toss together the oats, a liquid, and then whatever extras you’re in the mood for. Come morning, you get a perfectly creamy serving of oatmeal that actually tastes just as good cold or room temp as regular hot oatmeal. Not only are overnight oats a great way to stay cool in the heat but there are SO many recipes to try that it’s basically impossible to get bored with oats. Plus oatmeal itself a really heart healthy meal and many of the recipes I’ve seen on the internet also suggest using other really nutritional foods such as greek yogurt, chia seeds, alternative milks such as almond and soy, as well as fruits, nuts, and nut butters.
For my overnight oats I combined…
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 frozen raspberries
dash of salt
I really enjoyed the fruit and lemon combination and the creaminess you get from letting the oats sit overnight in the greek yogurt + water results in a really smooth texture. I brought my oats to work and enjoyed breakfast for lunch but making them the night before means if you’re in a rush to leave for work you can grab a fiber and protein packed lunch to go too!
Some other combinations to try can be found here!