Overnight oats

I can’t describe my love of oatmeal. It knows no bounds. It’s simple, but oh so tasty. And easy. There was a period of time where I had it for breakfast every single morning. My cholesterol was great that year. It’s incredibly filling, and leaves me feeling pretty fully at work up till lunchtime.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

I love hot oats, but sometimes cold oatmeal really does the trick. Enter the overnight oats. It takes about 2 minutes to throw together, and then you have a great breakfast the next morning. I originally came across the recipe on Minimalist Baker, and have modified it a bit to suit my needs. It works through slow absorption – you just steep the oats in the milk, and they soak it right up and turn to oatmeal, instead of just wet oats. Mmm….wet oats….

This recipe has added protein with the peanut butter – very helpful in keeping me full. Adding dried fruit is also a great idea. I was thinking today that dried cranberries would be awesome.

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Overnight Oats, adapted from Minimalist Baker
Difficulty: Very Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk*
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Equipment

  • A mason jar with a lid

Steps

  1. Put the oats in to the jar
  2. Add the milk
  3. Scoop in the peanut butter, and add the syrup
  4. Stir, then cover the jar and give it a good shake
  5. Throw it in the fridge, then take it out in the morning and eat it at your desk

*Can reduce to 2/3 cup of milk if you don’t want it as creamy

Notes

  • I use cow’s milk, but any type of milk will work for this
  • For peanut butter, I use Teddie’s crunchy, but really any nut butter would be great in this
  • Use real maple syrup, none of that table syrup stuff. Do a google search for buying maple syrup online, and a bunch of producers show up. This producer looks decent. Seriously, you will be so much happier with real maple syrup in your life
  • Instead of syrup, you can use honey or another type of liquid sweetener
  • Add fruit to this as you see fit. Get creative!

The done deal. It looks like oatmeal, but is so much more than that