Creamy Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats (ONOs) are nothing new around here. I first started making them while I was in college. They were the perfect breakfast to prep ahead of time and that I could easily grab on my way out and even enjoy while in class (yes of course, while voraciously taking notes)! My oats recipe back then was made up of your common ONO ingredients: oats, chia seeds, almond milk, fruit, nut butter. Nothing wrong with that but since then I have had MANY servings of overnight oats and I think I have perfected this recipe so I’m so pumped to share my go-to base recipe!

These ONOs are so creamy, taste indulgent, so versatile AND they are protein packed so they actually leave you satisfied and full until your next meal comes around! Because of its high protein it makes the perfect breakfast after a morning workout. The protein from the yogurt and powder along with the carbs from the oats and fruit also make for great fuel for a busy afternoon! Since most protein powders have a sweet flavor to them (usually from monk fruit or stevia extract) I find that the protein plus the banana that is mixed in makes these sweet enough without adding in any additional sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

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I love topping my oats with nut butter and fruit! My favorite nut butter is absolutely WILD FRIENDS – it is a must if you’re looking for the best drizzle and for pure, clean ingredients in every jar! Adding granola on top of ONOs is also delicious and adds a great textural element. These are some great combos:

  1. Banana, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs
  2. Blueberries/mixed berries, sliced almonds, and almond butter
  3. Mango and unsweetened coconut shreds
  4. Apples, raisins, and nut butter
  5. Dark cherries and almond butter
  6. Kiwi, hemp seeds, and peanut butter
  7. Caramelized banana and extra cinnamon 
  8. REALLY ANYTHING PLUS NUT BUTTER 🙂

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Ingredients 

serves 1; base overnight oats recipe 

– 1/3 c rolled oats
– 1 tsp chia seeds
– 1 scoop plant based protein
– few shakes of cinnamon
– 1 cup almond milk
– 1/3 – 1/2 of a banana – mashed
– 1/3 c plain greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together except for the Greek yogurt and let it sit in the fridge overnight in a mason jar/tuppeware/almost empty jar of nut butter.
    1. You can also make it early in the morning and have it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Once you’re ready to eat, top it with the greek yogurt and additional toppings like fruits and nut butters! 
    1. If you’ll be enjoying this on the go you can add your yogurt and fruit/toppings the night before, just don’t mix it in!

Notes

  1. Overnight oats can also be prepped in advance and can last at least 3 days in the fridge!
  2. I don’t have the complete nutritional breakdown but this oats recipe packs around 25g of protein that will keep you satisfied all morning long!
  3. To caramelize a banana, slice it in half lengthwise and sprinkle that side with cinnamon. Place it on a preheated skillet that has been sprayed with coconut oil and place it cut side down for a few minutes. You’ll notice it begins to smell sweet as it caramelizes and browns!

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