Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Andrea Bertoli2
quick meals: overnight oats
How many of us wish we could incorporate more whole grains into our diet? In case you have not heard, we’re supposed to eat lots of whole grains to make our bellies full, keep our blood sugar steady, and increase our fiber intake to keep things (ahem) moving along smoothly. But sometimes it seems too time-consuming to cook up all those little grains, right? How about a recipe that requires no cooking- and can be made with ingredients you probably have on hand right now?!
These Overnight Oats are delicious, easy, and totally wholesome. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes today in order to wake up to a wholesome breakfast tomorrow. On top of that, you save heaps of electricity/gas by not turning on your stove in the morning- this fact alone made my boyfriend revise his 20-year cooked oatmeal habit! This is a small batch (two servings), so double or triple depending on how many mouths you are feeding.
⅓ cup whole rolled oats (not the instant/quick variety)
⅓ cup milk of choice
⅓ yogurt of choice (soy, almond, coconut, dairy)
¼ cup shredded coconut
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
pinch sea salt
¼ cup chopped fresh fruit (banana, berries, apples, etc.)
- Stir all ingredients together in a bowl or a big jar. Cover, and let sit overnight in fridge.
- To serve: remove desired amount of oatmeal. Warm in a saucepan or in microwave, if you like.
- Top with your favorite fruit, nut butter, jam, cereal, or dried fruits. Enjoy!
Notes: I’ve made these Overnight Oats with soy yogurt, homemade coconut yogurt, and many varieties of non-dairy milk; if you don’t like yogurt, you can also make this recipe with just the milk- simply double the amount. Likewise, if you don’t have (or don’t care about) chia seeds, simply skip them. But if you are interested, chia seeds are awesome little nutritional powerhouses, full of protein, fiber, and good-for-your-brain fatty acids. You can find chia seeds in bulk food stores or in packages. For more chia inspiration, check out my recipes for Coconut Chia Puddings or Cherry Chia Drinks.