Creamy Overnight Oats

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One of my all time favorite breakfasts is oatmeal – like this Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal or this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal!  Especially in the fall and winter!  Love it topped with apples and a ton of cinnamon.  Probably the most comforting and tasty breakfast out there.  Hot summer months, however, generally do not leave me craving those steamy, creamy oats.  Just don’t want to stand over the hot stove, boiling hot water, and eating hot oatmeal when it’s 90 degrees outside.  Not something I’m super excited about.

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overnight oats, oatmeal recipes, breakfast recipes, oatmeal, vegetarian recipes But I’ve actually really been missing those satisfying and filling oats!  I love that they keep me going all the way til lunch time!  So instead of the traditional boiled oatmeal, I’ve been serving up bowls and bowls of overnight oats.  Cold, creamy and still super filling, its my new go-to quick breakfast recipe.

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overnight oats, oatmeal recipes, breakfast recipes, oatmeal, vegetarian recipes Overnight oats are great for oatmeal lovers obviously.  But they’re also great for people on the go (which is me when I hit my snooze button multiple times).  You make them the night before, and they are 100% ready to go and be devoured when you wake up!  I typically store it in an old mason jar or a small tupperware so I can tote the whole thing to work. overnight oats, oatmeal recipes, breakfast recipes, oatmeal, vegetarian recipes

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Now, if you make this recipe…which you totally should…don’t expect the same texture or flavor as regular oatmeal.  Its still a creamy, porridge like dish, but its cold and should be eaten cold too.  It’s also made with yogurt, which gives it a little bit of tang and sweetness.  And the oats are a little softer and not as chewy which is a fun twist!

Whip this up tonight before bed for a deliciously healthy breakfast tomorrow morning.  Top with your favorite fresh fruit and a dash of cinnamon!

Creamy Overnight Oats:
Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup low fat vanilla greek yogurt (or your favorite yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup skim milk (or alternative milks)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh fruit
  • Additional toppings:  cinnamon, bee pollen, granola, nuts or dried fruit

Instructions:

  1. Mix together the oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds and salt in a tupperware or medium sized mason jar.  Stir until well combined.
  2. Store oat mixture in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours or ideally overnight.  Oats will be ready to eat the next morning!  Top with 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit and other favorite oatmeal toppings!

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