It's already Sunday again! This week really flew by... actually, this whole summer really flew by, and today I am preparing for my trip to NC for Orientation Week at Lenoir-Ryhne University! I am excited for my Dietetic Internship program to start, but I am also very anxious and nervous for the next big step in my journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Luckily, I have a long list of "to-do's" today before I leave tomorrow to keep me preoccupied and distracted. One of the most important things on my "to-do" list is to make overnight oats for my husband to eat for breakfast all week while I am gone! I am sure you have heard of overnight oats by now, but if you haven't gotten around to making them then you are missing out! Overnight oats are incredibly easy to make, a delicious way to start your day, and can be made in minutes! I make a couple batches at a time for my husband to eat for breakfast when he is short on time (which is all the time) and have experimented with several different ingredients. After a few trail and error attempts, I have found the perfect recipe for the BEST overnight oats - and today I am going to share it with you!
This week's Meal Made in Minutes: Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (Gluten-Free if needed) (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats)
- 1/2 cup milk (Dairy-Free if needed) (I use 1% milk for my hubby and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk for me)
- 1/4th cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage or Oikos) or 2 tbsp vegan protein powder (I use Bio Chem Vegan Vanilla Bean)
- 1-2 tbsp Maple syrup (to desired sweetness)
- 1-2 tbsp Chia seeds (to desired thickness)
- 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
(Ingredients for 4 jars of Maple Blueberry Overnight Oats and 1 jar of Gluten-Free & Vegan Maple PB Protein Overnight Oats)
- Place oats, milk, yogurt / protein powder, and maple syrup (in that order) into a mason jar or deep Tupperware container (with a lid). Mix all ingredients well with a spoon.
- Add in the Chia seeds and mix well again.
- Add in the blueberries and mix well again.
- Top with the lid (air-tight) and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
- Remove from the refrigerator when ready to eat and enjoy as-is (straight from the jar) or warm up your oats in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
** You can add any toppings of your choice to your oats :-) Some of my favorite toppings are banana slices, almond slices, PB2, and cinnamon.
(Step 1: before the ingredients are mixed well)
(Step 2: with the Chia seeds mixed in)
(Step 3: before the blueberries are mixed in)
It really is that simple and SO delicious! You can make the overnight oats in less than 5 minutes and have your breakfast ready to grab-and-go the next morning!
You can play around with the ingredients a little, but be sure to have more liquid than oats (since the oats will absorb the milk and expand) and increase the liquid even more if you add more Chia seeds (since the seeds will also absorb the milk and expand even more)!
(My Gluten-Free & Vegan version: Maple PB Protein Overnight Oats - with GF oats, almond milk, Vegan protein powder, PB2, maple syrup and Chia seeds!)
Have fun experimenting with your Overnight Oats and enjoy a delicious and satisfying breakfast made in minutes :-)