‘WHY overnight oats?’ you might ask. For starters, they are one of my favourite things, so naturally I will share my favourite combinations. I love the endless possibilities of flavours & how I can create oats that satisfy my sweet tooth!
For busy people, like myself, mornings are one of the most hectic parts of my day. Between getting myself ready, my kids up and the dogs fed; sometimes having a nutritious breakfast is the last thing on my mind.
Thankfully, overnight oats take less than 5 minutes to prepare the night BEFORE. So what does that mean? They are ready for you in the morning to just grab and go. Easy.
When I create my overnight oats, I always try and incorporate a mix of healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. This combination is optimal for me because I am active every day. I need the energy to make it through my workouts, coaching, check-ins and the responsibilities of being a mom!
Here are some facts about the overnight oats KEY ingredients:
A L M O N D / C A S H E W M I L K
Ideal for those who are lactose intolerant / dairy free.
Low in fat & contains no cholesterol.
Is good for your skin, organs & muscles.
C H I A S E E D S
Chia seeds turn into a gel & magnify the taste of what they are added to.
Vegan & gluten-free.
High in fiber, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids & protein.
O A T S
Oats are filled with fiber & keeps you feeling full longer.
Can boost energy & cognitive function.
N U T B U T T E R
Packed with protein & keeps you full longer.
Poly & monounsaturated fats.
Contains fiber that regulates the digestion system.
Here are some of my favourites. Enjoy!
PB and Honey Overnight Oats:
This combination takes me back to my childhood favourite. A thick layer of peanut butter covered in thin slices of banana, with honey drizzled on top. The perfect combination of sweet and creamy.
2/3 cup of rolled oats
4 tsp. of chia seeds
2 tsp. of raw honey (swap for maple syrup for a vegan alternative)
2 tbsp of organic peanut butter (hint: the ingredients should only read PEANUTS)
1 cup of unsweetened cashew milk
1 whole banana
1. In a bowl, mash the ripe banana and stir in the almond/cashew milk.
2. Add the oats and chia seeds to the wet mixture and blend until completely mixed together.
3. Add the peanut butter and honey and fold into the oats.
4. Place the oats into a sealable container or jar to refrigerate overnight (or at least 2-3 hours).
– Adding more oats or chia seeds can make the mixture more solid if you find it is too runny.
– I like to top my oats with sliced banana, a drizzle of peanut butter and some chopped nuts.