Easy & Healthy Breakfast: Overnight Oats

More often than not, we’re rushed in the morning. That’s fine, unless it causes us to either skip breakfast or grab something that is on-the-go. Generally speaking, on-the-go isn’t that good for you. We all know by now that starting your day with a quality breakfast with the right combination of carbohydrate for energy, fat and fiber for satiation and protein to keep your body strong is essential. And of course optimizing your health with phytochemical power from fruits, veggies and other super-foods is an essential part of ongoing health and happiness.

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Overnight Oats are the perfect solution!

If you don’t have time to prepare anything elaborate in the morning and your tired of grabbing bars and shakes to go — what can you do? You can be prepared 🙂 This recipe supports the first two universal diet truths in my Clean and Colorful Concept:

  1. Eat Less Processed Food.
  2. Eat all 5 Colors Everyday.
  3. Swap one Snack or Meal per day with a Juice or Smoothie.
  4. Exercise at least 21-Minutes a Day 6 Days a Week.

Loving your body and your life isn’t so much about discipline as it is about proper attention and planning. Phew! Here is just one solution for you, a quick breakfast recipe that will set you up for success all day long! I make these every so often when I have a busy week ahead and they are also great to make and take camping! Essentially, I am in LOVE with this overnight oat recipe! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I enjoy these often!

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Why do I love these Overnight Oat Jars so much?

For soooo many reasons:

  • Because they are so good for you.
  • Because they are so easy to make.
  • Because you can make a week’s worth of breakfast in less than 10 min.
  • Because they taste like a delicious pie-like desert instead of a “healthy breakfast?

I don’t get excited about health food all the time. So when I find something I like, I make it a big deal. Hence the second post on the topic 😉

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Overnight Oat Ingredients

  • 2 cup Raw Oats
  • 2 T Chia Seeds
  • 2 T Ground Flax Seeds
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped Walnuts
  • 4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 2 sliced Bananas

Overnight Oat Directions:

Mix together the first 6 dry ingredients and stir to mix well. I messed this up and ended up with a chunk of chia seeds gelled together. It was pretty gross. So make sure you mix all the dry ingredients together first. It will be MUCH easier. Add almond milk and stir until well combined. Fill as many 8oz mason jars about 3/4 to top. Put the lids on and store them in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy them all week long!

Overnight Oat Nutrition

I made about 5 servings, but my jars were pretty full. You could probably stretch to 6 if they were 3/4 full and you can adjust the nutrition just a little if you like a lighter breakfast (or visa versa). But the above recipe divided by 5 resulted in: 288 calories, 10g fat (.8 saturated), 8.4g fiber, 8.2g protein, 43% calcium, 15% iron per serving.

Overnight Oat Storage

I’m not sure how long they last but do make sure they stay in the refrigerator. I was making them just for a few days at a time. The last batch I made was over a week ago and I just had one today and I think it’s better than before. So you’re good for at least a week. I’ll update the comments if I learn anything new and feel free to share your experience as well!

Overnight Oat Variations

You can play with the fruit on top:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chopped apples

You can play with the mix-ins:

  • Dried fruit like apricots, cranberries, gogi berries
  • Pumpkin puree if you want a fall flavor
  • Different nuts: macadamia, almonds, pecans
  • You can add more seeds, hemp, poppy, sesame
  • Raw cocoa powder if you’re in the mood for a little chocolate flavor
  • Protein powder if you want to boost the satiation and building power

I hope you enjoy these and they make your mornings a little easier and your days a little better! If you try making them, let me know and if you try any variations, I’d love to hear about it!

Raw oatmeal jars

Enjoy!

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14 thoughts on “Easy & Healthy Breakfast: Overnight Oats

  1. For about the last 2-3 years (since I started taking care of myself!) I have been eating cold oats in the morning…here is the “recipe”….1 cup of oats; 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt; 1 cup of frozen blueberries; 2 tbs of flax; 1/4 cup of walnuts; and mix in as much orange juice as you like to make it mix together nicely. Taste great and I never get tired of it!

    1. I don’t think that’s a dumb question — particularly because I don’t know the answer. Ha! But I would think that steal cut is not a good idea though as they need to cook for so long traditionally. I used regular, old, boring, generic, quick-oats. They are like $1 for 6 cups dry. If you try it, try a mini batch and let me know what happens. Now I’m curious 😉

    1. Great question Steve! They definitely got in the refrigerator and I just updated the post so that is clearer 🙂 If you give the recipe a shot, you’ll have to let me know!

  2. As you know- I LOVE this oatmeal, because I commented on your old post about them. I am so glad I happened on that recipe! Super easy, and delicious! They are my favorite breakfast now, and I love changing up the fruit that I top them with. To me, if you put apples on it, it tastes like apple crisp! Delish! Any type of berry is good, or peaches! Change it up if you tend to get “bored” having the same breakfast all the time… Try mixing different nuts or dried fruits too! I didn’t think I would like the fact that it is cold, but it doesn’t bother me… It’s just so convenient! Thank you so much for posting!!!

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