Customizable Overnight Oats

Almost every morning for as long as I can remember, I immediately wake up and need one thing.  ALL.THE.COFFEE.  I love everything about sipping a warm mug of coffee even in the heat of the summer. In the winter months I occasionally set aside the time to make a hot breakfast, but I prefer a cool and creamy treat to pair with my coffee all year long.

With being an ultra planner, it is very fulfilling going to sleep at night knowing I have some sort of breakfast waiting for me.  Overnight oats is the perfect accompaniment to my morning coffee in every single way.  It is cool, creamy, and has endless possibilities.  I use a base for my overnight oats each time I make them and in the morning I add in a few little ingredients to kick them up a notch.  This recipe may sound strange at first, because it is certainly not your traditional oatmeal, but everyone I have shared it with has fallen in love with making overnight oats a part of their routine.

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The oats are built with a base of old fashioned oatmeal, greek yogurt, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.  The vanilla extract isn’t super imperative if you don’t have it on hand, but it definitely adds a depth of flavor to the oats that is rich and delicious.

IMG_9800.jpgI make my oats in a mason jar because they are very easy to transport and I can just throw the jar in the dishwasher when I get home from work.

Mix the oats, peanut butter, yogurt and vanilla in a mason or or airtight container of your choice.  The consistency of the oats will be very thick and not stir around very well.  Be sure to stir the oats from the bottom of the container throughout in order to incorporate everything.

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Add in the milk slowly and stir everything again very well to be sure that the oats are fully saturated in milk. You will notice that the oats are very runny at this point and seem to have a lot of milk in them.  I promise that by the time you wake up in the morning, the oats will fully absorb all of the milk and be the perfect texture.  Pop your container in the fridge and forget about it till the morning.

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In the morning the oats will completely transform into a smooth, creamy and thick treat.  I love adding in all sorts of toppings to the oats and experimenting with different flavors.  I grabbed a few raspberries from my fridge and some dark chocolate chips that I had on hand for this recipe.  I have added banana & cinnamon, coconut & chocolate chips, pumpkin & pecans, and blueberries & honey.  Any fruit or nut combination you prefer can be added to the oats.

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My sous chef in the kitchen loves licking the leftover spoon when I make a batch of these oats 🙂

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You will want to make these overnight oats every single day!  They are a delicious fiber filled breakfast that can be changed around any which way you like.  Enjoy!

-Amanda

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup old fashioned oats (steel-cut will not work well, unfortunately)

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1 tbsp. peanut butter

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

 

Questions for you:

-What is your favorite breakfast treat?

-Do you prefer a cold breakfast to a hot breakfast?