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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Overnight Oats: 3 Ways

how-to-make-overnight-oatsDuring the week, my breakfast situation is pretty predictable: double protein English muffins {literally, the best thing ever} or instant oatmeal. Both are quick and keep me relatively full until lunchtime. Although I do love my instant oatmeal, and it's quick cook time, it's not the same as real oatmeal. 



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Overnight oats are taking the breakfast world by storm, and I was so curious as to how they would turn out, I decided to experiment with some flavors and give it a try for myself! For these three versions, I started with the same two ingredients and customized each mason jar from there. The only one I decided to complete in the morning was the one that contained fresh berries -- I wasn't sure how soggy berries would be in the morning ;)

Overnight Oats: 3 Ways

{what you will need for each of the 3 recipes}
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond milk

{Carrot Cake Oatmeal}

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1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons pecans
1 tablespoon maple syrup

In a mason jar or other bowl, mix the old fashioned oats with the almond milk. Add the cinnamon, pecans and shredded carrots, mix to combine. Place the lid on the jar securely and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, top with the maple syrup. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. 

{Berry Oatmeal}


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1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a mason jar or other bowl, mix the old fashioned oats with the almond milk. Add the vanilla and cinnamon. Place the lid on the jar securely and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, top with strawberries and blueberries. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. 

{Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal}

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1/2 banana, sliced
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter, divided
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey

In a mason jar or other bowl, mix the old fashioned oats with the almond milk. Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract; mix to combine. Alternate between layers of peanut butter and the sliced bananas {I did two layers of each}. Place the lid on the jar securely and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, drizzle with honey. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. 

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While all three were good, I of course loved the peanut butter banana version {I never say no to peanut butter!}. This is definitely a great breakfast idea if you are looking for a make ahead recipe and/or if you are always on the go. There are so many different combinations you can try too, so it's easy to customize these for your entire family. A couple ideas: if you are a chocolate person, add chocolate chips to the peanut butter banana combination for a "chunky monkey" style oatmeal. Or for something more traditional, try raisins, dates and pecans! 

Have you tried overnight oats? What are your favorite oatmeal combinations? I would love to hear in the comments section below. 

Also, if you are looking for other make ahead breakfast ideas, be sure to check out these make ahead breakfast burritos and freezable egg white breakfast sandwiches.

Thanks for stopping by!

8 comments:

  1. I have heard about these but haven't tried them. Looks fun and I know the PB would be my favorite too! ;-) Happy Tasty Tuesday!!

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  2. You're right, taking the world by storm! I've been hearing about this and absolutely need to try one of these recipes!!!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  3. I've seriously got to try these. I've been dealing with TMJ, so these would be perfect!!

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  4. This is such a great idea. I would probably like the peanut butter and banana too!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. I haven't made overnight oats in forever. I'm going to have to make them again soon!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  6. Ive been wanting to try overnight oats forever! All of these sound amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  7. I've never had overnight oats before, but I love that it's something that I can just grab and go in the mornings. The peanut butter and banana one sounds so good!

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