Day 19: Healthy Cooking Challenge

Overnight Oats

If you’re not a big fan of cooking breakfast in the morning and your more of a cereal, bagel, yogurt kinda person then we are on the same page…

I do like making a big breakfast on the weekends, but during the week uh no…. I ain’t got time for that!! 🙂

I’ve seen a few overnight oats recipes and even had some friends tell me they really like it. I do like oatmeal, but cold oatmeal sounds kind of gross to me. Well, I’m getting over it and trying it out.

I was inspired while reading my current issue of Food Network Magazine.

They had a spread with overnight oats and I loved how easy they all seemed to be to prepare. I also love it when things are cooking or marinating or getting yummy while I’m sleeping..

You can get the full recipe and other add-ins from the Food Network website (or here’s the Pin), but the thing I love about this recipe is that there is a base that never changes followed by your own add ins!

Take your empty jars.. I used the pint jars…

Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed(I used chia seeds), 2/3 cup milk (I used almond milk), 1/3 cup plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons brown sugar or maple syrup and a pinch each of salt and cinnamon.

I decided to make the chocolate peanut butter and a peach banana version…

I added 1 tbls of unsweetened cocoa and chopped pecans. I didn’t have sweetened cocoa, so I just added some honey to sweeten it up a little more.

For the next one I added 1/4c chopped freeze-dried peaches, and a chopped banana.

Put the lids on these babies and pop them into the refrigerator. Oh, and I labeled mine using masking tape and a sharpie.

 

Magically, when you wake up in the morning they are ready!!! Here’s where you can add toppings. I added fresh strawberries to the peach/banana oats and I added crushed graham crackers and granola to the top of the chocolate oats! Yum!!

 

The base oats are 312 calories and 5g of Fat. I’m feeling pretty good about that!!!

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