What started as an Instagram-inspired experiment has become a breakfast ritual. I am quite literally motivated to get out of bed every morning by the knowledge that my bowl of overnight oats is waiting in the refrigerator. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it makes such a difference if you enjoy it to the fullest. My schedule varies on a day-to-day basis, but this one is consistent: I am busy. Thankfully I have found the solution to the struggle of not having time to cook after my morning gym session and trying to avoid the temptation of a loaded bagel.
The best part about overnight oats is the inherent simplicity. Two ingredients are necessary: oats (I prefer whole rolled oats or steel-cut) and milk (I use almond milk). The preparation is easy: combine equal parts oats and milk, stir, and leave in the fridge overnight. While in the fridge, the oats absorb the liquid overnight and you’re left no-cook oatmeal (overnight oats, so clever!). Because I have a huge day ahead of me each morning, other ingredients have become crucial.
For MY oats each night I use:
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 container (5.30z) fat-free Greek yogurt
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
When I wake up in the morning, I like to stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter and top it with ¼ cup granola or cereal for some crunch, although the possibilities for toppings are endless. Flavored yogurts can also change things up. I definitely recommend trying it out and tweeting your creations to @HHRiede!