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
Berry Quick Overnight Oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or half of a ripe banana)
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch ground ginger
- pinch ground nutmeg
- pinch fine grain sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (I use gluten-free oats)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon chopped nuts or seeds
- 1/4 cup berries
Mash the banana in the bottom of a mason jar or mug with a spoon until it’s the consistency of applesauce. OR pour applesauce into bottom of jar.
Add spices, chia seeds, salt, vanilla, oats and raisins to banana mash and stir to mix everything together.
Add almond milk and stir until all ingredients are combined. It will seem watery. That’s normal! The chia seeds and oats will absorb the liquid, and it will thicken up overnight, so just give it time.
Store jar or mug in the fridge overnight, and everything will gel together.
Remove from fridge in the morning and top with or stir in your choice of nuts, seeds, nut butter and/or berries (I used slivered almonds and blackberries!).
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 🙂