Breakfast On-The-Go Made Easy


When it comes to getting everyone where they need to be in the morning, there’s no such thing as a leisurely, sit-down breakfast.  Still, I want everyone to be properly nourished when they arrive at school or work, so I’ve searched for ways to get protein, carbs, and healthy fats into one, take-it-with-you, quick meal.  My answer these days?  Overnight Oats.  There are some really great recipes on the web for this healthy, filling morning meal disguised as a scrumptious, pudding-like concoction.  I found an easy recipe with several variations on wholefully.com and made my own adjustments from there.  Monday I made three double recipe  batches in different flavor combinations, and within 36 hours, all nine (yep!) jars were devoured.  We liked the Chocolate Peanut Butter version so much that we had some for dessert Monday night.

This is a no-regrets recipe that can be easily customized to your likes and dislikes.  You’ll find three variations below.  Start with the Classic Overnight Oats, and add any spices, nuts, fruits, or healthy additions that you prefer.  Cinnamon, cloves, apples, and walnuts might be a great “Apple Crisp Overnight Oats,” but you should design your own version, too!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you try these recipes or make up your own.  Enjoy!

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Classic Overnight Oats (from wholefully.com)

Makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt (I’m in love with Fage brand Greek yogurt!)
  • ½ cup (heaping) rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxmeal
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 0-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into jars with tight-fitting lids. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats  (from wholefully.com, but I doubled the recipe here)

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons natural unsweetened peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional)

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour into jars with tight-fitting lids. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.

 

Pina Colada Overnight Oats (my own variation)

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cup canned coconut milk (I used light coconut milk, but full fat is fine, too)
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 2/3 to 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour into jars with tight-fitting lids. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.