I have to start off this post with a shout out and huge thank you to @onthetonedtrack for sharing this incredibly easy "Overnight Oats" recipe! The majority of my mornings consist of early alarm clocks, last minute rolls out of bed, and a scramble for a CLIF bar or something quick to eat before I rush out the door for work.
As much as I love oatmeal, I've never considered making it in the early morning because I usually cook them on the stove (which ultimately means less minutes spent snuggled in bed). When I stumbled across this post about Overnight Oats I was instantly intrigued and had to give it a try. In fact, I gave it a few tries over the past week and have had fun experimenting with different ingredients and toppings!
This Overnight Oats recipe has got to be the easiest meal prep I've ever done!
In a sealed container, combine a 1:1 ratio of dry oats and almond milk. Add 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds (optional). Place in the fridge overnight and by morning, your oats will be ready to go!
To make my mornings even easier, I like to prep my berries as soon as I bring them home. By washing and chopping up the berries ahead of time, I make it that much easier on myself when it comes time to add fresh toppings to my oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, etc.
After trying a few variations of these Overnight Oats, here are my tips for you:
- Include the chia seeds!! I forgot to add these one time and I found that the oats still had much more liquid in them. The chia seeds will soak any extra milk up!
- Prep everything in a microwave safe bowl. I like to heat my oats up in the morning and then add my toppings and go.
- Favorite topping combo so far = cinnamon + banana + raspberries + almonds!
- I also made fresh chocolate almond milk the other day so I decided to use that to "cook" my oats and it was delicious!
If you're an oatmeal fan, I hope you try this recipe out and would love to hear what variations you come up with and what your favorite toppings are! :)