I’m not a fan of summer. I really do hate the heat. I’m not really living in the best city for this. So, when it comes to food, I do not like to incorporate more heat into my life whenever I can help it. For instance, I’ll switch from hot coffee to iced coffee. Soups to salads. Hot oatmeal to overnight oats. I’m not one to brag about oatmeal, and Binks definitely won’t brag or say anything nice about oatmeal, but overnight oats is a favorite of mine and tolerated by Binks. That’s as high a compliment oatmeal can get from my husband.
Considering that this dish is both nutritious and easy to assemble, overnight oats is hands-down a go-to breakfast in this house. It’s easy to grab in the morning, while taking care of a busy baby. While I have made overnight oats without yogurt and just milk, I highly recommend using yogurt as it brings the oats to a higher level of richness and flavor. I like my oatmeal just a little thicker than drinkable yogurt, but not so set like a custard. Add and layer with your favorite toppings. Bananas are a must for me for sweetness. What are your favorite toppings?
– adapted from Katheats
– Yields about 3 servings
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup milk (any type of milk you want)
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt)*
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp sweetener (honey, sugar, brown sugar, Stevia, etc.)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight. Serve cold the next morning. Top with your desired garnishes.
*If you use unsweetened yogurt, feel free to add more sweetener with a tsp of vanilla extract.
Oatmeal, if nothing else, should be adored for its versatility. While oatmeal typically hits our subconscious “healthy” nerve, there are ways that you can make this ‘everyday’ grain not so ‘everyday’.
For instance, imagine adding a scoop of ice cream (which I need to try!) or placing a slice of birthday cake on top. The idea of combining a wholesome bowl of oatmeal with a decadent addition is the feeling you get when you watch/are the good girl falling for the bad boy (i.e. Grease, Dirty Dancing, etc).
And, it feels good.
And, I have fallen………………….hard.
As the movie progresses, you realize that the bad boy, despite his rough (chocolate-y) exterior and sexy dancing skills, really is a genuine person who is quite heart-healthy.
So, when you crave something sinful for breakfast, don’t let anyone stop you from having and enjoying what your heart desires. After all, nobody puts Olie in a corner.
Double Chocolate Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate milk
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 small pinch of salt
- Mash banana in a bowl.
- Add oats, flax seeds, chia seeds and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add almond milk and stir to combine.
- Cover bowl and store overnight.
- The next morning, the liquid will completely soak into the oats.
- Pour another 1/2 cup of Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate milk into your bowl.
What’s your favorite good girl/bad boy movie? What’s your favorite movie? How do you jazz up your oatmeal?