Basic Overnight Oats
Lately I feel like I am constantly on the go – whether I am teaching or taking an early morning yoga class, I often have to go straight to work from the studio. This can be a challenge – I have always been pretty good about meal prepping for lunch, but for some reason I always forget about breakfast. Morning of, I usually find myself in a scramble and end up resorting to something easy like a protein bar or pack of instant oats. This seems so silly!
I have been wanting to try and make overnight oats for quite sometime now – but I have not known where to begin! There are just so many options! First there is the base flavor – plain, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, maple, honey, etc. Then there are the mix-ins – fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, jams, seeds, chocolate chips – the list goes on… forever! The combinations are unlimited!
For this first recipe, I’d like to stick with what I consider a more basic overnight oats recipe.
Basic Overnight Oats
I am OBSESSED with this overnight oats recipe! I seriously just finished eating them for breakfast – and I am already pumped to eat them again tomorrow. The Greek yogurt is SO rich and creamy. Yet the oats and pecans provide the perfect amount of chew. The great thing about overnight oats is that the recipe is totally customizable. I chose to use flaxmeal, vanilla soy milk, and honey (1 tablespoon). The flax provides great additional texture and the combination of vanilla soy with honey provides a delightful sweetness.
I cannot wait to try different variations of this recipe – adding fruit (fresh or dried), chocolate, other flavoring – its official, my new favorite breakfast has been found!!
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (1 6-ounce container)
1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats
2/3 cup vanilla-flavored milk of choice OR 2/3 cup plain unsweetened milk of choice PLUS 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground flaxmeal (or chia seeds)
1 tablespoon pecans, chopped
Pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together until fully combined.
- Spoon mixture into a jar/container with tight fitting lid. Allow to refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
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