Sometimes I’m in the mood for something besides a smoothie. Variety is one of the keys to a healthy, balanced diet that gives your body all the nutrients it needs. Plus, variety keeps meals fun and exciting 🙂
Today, I’m putting a new spin on a classic favorite – oatmeal!
The best part?
You don’t even have to cook it. It’s one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes that takes the hassle out of breakfast!
I used to eat oatmeal every day for breakfast because it’s a pretty quick, easy, and healthy meal. Oats have tons of health benefits, too!
The way I usually make oatmeal is by cooking it slowly in a pot on the stove…but that’s not always the most convenient thing to do, especially in the morning, so I tried something new.
My friend Jess and I made a variation of an overnight oats recipe a few months ago when we did a cooking demo for a group of her employees. After browsing through several other recipes online, I came up with one that I REALLY like!
I’ve already made it twice this week, and it has come in handy on mornings when I’ve been pressed for time.
This overnight oats recipe takes less than 5 minutes to put together and is healthy, tasty, convenient grab-and-go option, perfect for when you’re feeling rushed in the morning.
All of the ingredients magically come together while they’re chillin’ in the fridge and you’re catching up on some sleep.
One thing I love about this recipe is that you can prep several jars at once and have breakfast ready to go for a few days in a row. That way, you literally don’t even have to think about what you’re going to do for breakfast in the morning.
All you have to do is open your fridge, grab a jar, and hit the road!
The possibilities for combinations of spices and add-ins are endless, so experiment with it to find what you like best! Feel free to share below if you find a combo that you really like!
“Berry” Quick Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- 1/2 ripe banana, mashed OR 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground ginger
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (Trader Joe’s sells a big bag of gluten-free rolled oats for about $5)
- ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 heaping tablespoon chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans
- 1/3 cup berries
- Optional/additional add-ins: 2 teaspoons almond butter or peanut butter, shredded unsweetened coconut, or sliced bananas, peaches or any other fruit you like!
You can heat it up if you’d like or just enjoy it cold, which works well when the weather is warmer like it is now. Add more almond milk if you want to thin it out. Enjoy 🙂