As you might already know, breakfast is essential in my book. During the colder months, I prefer something warm in the morning, like my veggie omelet, a hardboiled egg with toast, or a comforting bowl of steel cut oatmeal. However, when things warm up I tend to gravitate toward colder offerings such as yogurt parfaits or fresh fruit. Recently though, I found an entirely new way to enjoy a wintertime favorite. It may sound odd, but chilled, overnight oatmeal is my new favorite. It’s not your average oatmeal so don’t write it off just yet because it’s cold… Behold: Overnight Oats. Basically, it’s a perfect mix of creamy yogurt goodness, rolled oats and your favorite fruity toppings. The oats soak in a mixture of almond milk and Greek yogurt overnight, thus softening them to perfection by the morning. I love it because I can wake up before my workout and quickly pull it out of the fridge and enjoy it on the go. It’s so easy, and honestly, so so good. Simply mix all of the ingredients together and set it in your fridge in a sealed mason jar at night, and instantly enjoy the next morning.
I tested out a few different recipes (Pepper Lynn, Yoke Yolke, and Fit Foodie Finds) and came up with my own interpretation that’s a bit more basic. Check it out, give it a try, and let me know what you think!
- 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
- Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
- Wake up and enjoy the next day!
I like to add fresh berries and a little agave nectar in the morning or sometimes I top it off with a pinch of brown sugar, a handful of walnuts and some sliced up banana. Most cereal toppings work well though–honey, fruit, whatever… Test out a few different combinations and see what you like best.
I love having this in the morning because it keeps me full and feeling good. It’s a great way to start your day since the oats are filling and the yogurt is packed with healthy probiotics and lots of calcium. Plus almost every ingredient is a flat-belly food! Sweet.
Give it a try and let me know what you top off your oats with!
What’s your favorite summertime breakfast?