I realize I am about two years behind on this mason jar craze. I realize there are thousands of overnight oat recipes on the web. However, Pinks Pantry doesn't have an overnight oats recipe and having finally given into the craze, I think its time we have an overnight oats version on my blog.
What changed? I will NEVER give up my hot oatmeal in the morning. Never. Even in the dead of summer and after a long sweaty AM run, I don't care. I love hot oatmeal with egg whites. But hot isn't always an option. Recently on a road trip to Kelowna I was required to come up with a way to enjoy my oats in the morning without any microwave or hot water handy. I gave in. Overnight oats became my only option.
I scoured the internet and looked at thousands of variations. The options are endless. However, I had first hand knowledge from a very reliable source that the chia seeds that seem to be a staple ingredient in most of these recipes are not for everyone (a texture thing) so I knew I needed to find an option that removed those pesky seeds from the mixture. My recipe isn't has pretty as some of these on the web, but I wanted something quick, easy and hotel friendly.
In the end, I decided to keep it simple. I also went for a larger serving of oats and skip on some of additions that others had (i,e dried fruit, granola etc). I don't have any protein powder in mine but I'm not a body builder so don't need to consume protein like its the end of the world.
The entire recipe is 325 calories and fills a very large jar! It is super filling and kept me going each day on the conference till lunch time. Great for being in a rush in the morning. Great if you have to take your breakfast with you when you travel. No trend setting here, but sometimes you have to join into the craze.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (quick oats)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup frozen fruit (I used blackberries, blueberries, cranberries)
- 1/3 cup of yogurt (I used astro fat free blueberry)
- Cinnamon (to taste)
- Stevia or Truvia (not required but if you like it sweeter)
- Add all to a jar, stir, put in fridge overnight
- Stir in the morning and enjoy!
Side note:Of course you could add some treats in the morning as well, options that make my belly rumble include: granola, peanut butter, bran buds, dried fruit, raisins.....
And the oatmeal, I used rolled oats (quick oats), you could also use larger flake oats or steel cut oats but add more liquid as they will absorb more. Its more of a personal preference for what oats you like and for me its about what I already carry in my pinks pantry!