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Chia Seed Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats are a really easy and delicious way to prepare your breakfast for the week. And, if you remember from my post about my 5 minute egg bake, morning is not my favorite time of day. Prepping breakfast ahead of time is an easy way to start your day on the right foot.

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

There are about a million different recipes for overnight oats floating around on Pinterest and the internet. In fact, if you want more ideas and inspiration check me out on pinterest. I’ve pinned lots of great overnight oats recipes on my breakfast board. We usually prep enough overnight oats to last us 4-5 days when we make them. Casey likes to add protein powder and extra peanut butter in his. Since they are in separate containers it’s a recipe that is easy to customize for different family members, depending on food preferences and/or diet/nutritional needs.

I love these wide mouth pint sized ball jars with the screw on lids for my overnight oats. Not only are they the perfect size and fit in my cup holder on the way to work, but they look awesome lined up in my fridge. ?

Overnight Oats

Because the oats are carbohydrates, adding healthy fats and protein will help to create a more balanced meal. A balanced breakfast will help keep you satisfied longer and give you sustained energy to power through your day. This recipes is balanced out with chia seeds, peanut butter, and yogurt, making it my favorite overnight oats recipe.

Chia seeds and peanut butter provide the healthy fat while the protein comes from yogurt. If you want extra protein, use greek yogurt. I add little honey to my recipe to sweeten it, but try to limit the honey as it’s just added sugar even though it’s in the less processed form (as opposed to refined sugar.) If you are used to eating sugary breakfast cereal you may want to start out with the full teaspoon of honey until you develop a taste for whole foods and can cut back from there.

Overnight Oats

You can top it with any fruit. The fruit will also work to naturally sweeten the oatmeal. During peach season I love to slice them over the top. However, it’s currently 8 degrees here in the middle of the arctic tundra that is an Indiana winter. Needless to say, fresh peaches aren’t my current reality.

{Current reality is fuzzy pants, fuzzy slippers, and the heater going full blast while I sip my herbal tea.} ❄️ ❄️

This recipe calls for old-fashioned rolled oats. I have used steel cut oats in overnight oats in the past. However, this is actually one of the only ways I prefer rolled oats. I prefer rolled oats in this recipes because steel cut oats don’t seem to soften much in this recipe. You can also do 1/2 steel cut oats and 1/2 rolled oats if you like.

I hope that this recipe will help you simplify your mornings! What is the hardest meal for you to plan for?

Overnight Oats

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Chia Seed Overnight Oats

This is my favorite overnight oats recipe. I love the balance provided by the oats, peanut butter, and yogurt. This recipe generally takes 10-15 minutes to prep depending on how many servings you prepare at once.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk You could also use coconut, cashew, or dairy milk.
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2-1 tsp Honey Depending on your preferences
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Fruit My favorites are bananas and frozen berries
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut For topping

Instructions

  • Mix together rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, honey, plain yogurt, and peanut butter in individual portion containers. I like to use ball jars with screw on lids.
  • Top with unsweetened shredded coconut and fruit.
  • Let sit in refrigerator overnight. Enjoy!

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  1. Kim M Dean says:

    It would be very helpful if you would include the nutritional breakdown. Thanks

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