Want breakfast in the morning without the work? Try Overnight Oats!

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Overnight oats. Photo by Christina Griffin.

Easy, hassle-free, delicious, actually filling on-the-go breakfast. Sounds good, right?

Breakfast recipes are difficult to get right. Either they require a lot of time in the morning or they simply aren’t filling enough. We all wish we had an hour to make a full pancake breakfast, but usually that’s only doable on the weekends. Finding the right balance of carbs, proteins, fats, and fiber can seem like the ultimate challenge—but worry not! These overnight oats are easy on your mornings, your wallet, and your time.

Quick and Easy Overnight Oats

Either you love oatmeal, or you hate oatmeal. How did one little grain get such a bad rep?

Whatever side of the fight you’re on, you have to try these overnight oats. Soaking them in the fridge overnight changes them. They do not taste or feel like mushy oatmeal, but are creamier, sweeter, and all around better.

What makes these overnight oats so special?

The specialty is all in the method. By mixing the banana with the oats instead of using banana as a topping, you’ll get a much sweeter, creamier consistency without added sugars. Also, the flavor integrates a lot better. If you don’t love the taste of banana bread, don’t worry! The banana will only sweeten your oats, not overtake them.

These oats are:

Filling
Creamy
Easy
Cheap
Delicious
& Refreshing

Finding the right container

If you don’t have the right container for this recipe, don’t sweat it! You can use any kind of jar (marinara sauce, nuts, seeds, etc.) or a jar of peanut butter. Overnight oats are one of the best methods for getting every last spoonful of peanut butter out. If you’re nearing the end of your peanut butter jar, simply make your overnight oats inside!

Here is another secret: if you are a chocolate lover, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to this mixture to make it taste like a chocolate brownie. Healthy brownies for breakfast? Sign us up!

The ingredients here are incredibly simple, so jump right in! Be sure to refrigerate them overnight. You can eat them right out of the fridge, but if you want the temperature to be a little less cold, put them out upon waking up or keep them in your bag for after your morning workout. Let’s make some overnight oats!

Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of oats
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 banana, sliced
1 cup of almond milk
Frozen strawberries, blueberries, or other desired toppings
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional but highly recommended!)

Instructions:

  1. Into an empty jar, add oats, protein powder, and cinnamon. Shake the container until the powders are evenly mixed.
  2. Add sliced banana. Use a spoon to stir it evenly through the oats.
  3. Add almond milk and give the mixture another generous stir.
  4. Add peanut butter and stir.
  5. Finally, fill the container to the brim with frozen strawberries, blueberries, or any desired toppings!
  6. Allow the jar to chill in your fridge overnight. Bring it with you in the morning!

Stay tuned next week for a way to take your overnight oats to the next level!

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