overnight oats transformed
Basic overnight recipe:
1 1/2 c rolled or quick oats-- I've tried both ways and I didn't notice a difference
1 1/2 c water or milk--I typically do half water and half almond milk
1TBS chia seed
2 scoops GNC natural vanilla protein powder--any flavor will do.
*This protein is sweetened with stevia so I don't add sugar to my OO.
*Omit the protein powder if that isn't your thing! Add natural sweetener of choice.
Add all ingredients in a bowl, give it a good shake and refrigerate. Oats will be ready overnight--hence the overnight oats in the title. So clever right?!
Tip: this is really a no brainer, you can't mess it up type recipe. You can also do equal parts oats to water or add all dry ingredients first and then add liquid of choice until it runs over the dry.
*if oats are too thick in the morning, add more liquid.
*keep in mind chia seeds really suck up liquid. I sometimes add them right before I eat a serving of OO in the morning.
*if oats are too runny add more oats or protein powder.
Now for the fun part, let's start with ways to transform these OO.
COLD OATS + FRUIT
It's as simple as serving yourself some OO straight from the fridge and topping with your fave fruit. Add a little nut butter if you're feeling fancy. I am currently obsessed with NuttZo Butter.
Make your mornings ultra easy by preassembling individual servings of OO and fruit in containers. Breakfast can be as easy and grab and go in the morning!
MIXED BERRY OAT BREAKFAST SHAKE
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
cover ingredients with almond
Blend and enjoy!
*this ratio is the money ratio for me. the frozen berries create the perfect texture in my opinion--not too thick or thin.
LOADED BLUEBERRY OATMEAL MUFFIN
1tbs melted coconut oil or butter
1tsp baking powder
a heavy hand of fresh blueberries
In a ceramic mug or ramekin, microwave coconut oil or butter for 10 secs, mix in OO, baking powder and egg until well combined. If batter is too thick, add a splash of almond milk. If batter is too thin, add protein powder or ground flax until batter like consistency is achieved. Fold in blueberries last.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes, checking every 30 secs after 1 minute mark to ensure it doesn't overcook. You can tell if it's done just by looking at it.
Topping ideas: spread with nut butter or a pat of butter. Mix 2 tbs Greek yogurt with 1 tbs almond butter and use as frosting.
I think you'll look at oatmeal differently after trying out these recipes.