Overnight Oats

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start out right and you will be more likely to stick with a healthy routine. YomTov may be only a memory, but many of us are left with reminders of all the delicious food we consumed over the past month. Getting into good eating habits will help drop those few extra pounds so we can enjoy a few Chanukah treats without worry.

For most of us, mornings are busy and we don’t take the time to eat a satisfying breakfast. Start thinking about breakfast the night before with one of the hottest food trends — overnight oats. Prepare your breakfast before you go to bed and getting a healthy start will be easy.

This ever-growing trend is one of the most sensible new food ideas we’ve seen. Soak heart-healthy oats in a jar or container; add your favorite fruit or flavors and a few hours later you’ve got a delicious breakfast that can be enjoyed at your kitchen table or on the go. You can use milk or non-dairy options; you can add nut butters for protein; seeds and fruit add fiber without lots of calories. Always use regular rolled oats not instant. Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, although they taste best within the first 12-24 hours.

All in all, a super smart way to start your day!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Made with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep time, this recipe is naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and so delicious.

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 3/4 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

Optional toppings:

  • 1 sliced banana, blueberries or strawberries, checked and sliced
  • Flaxseed meal or additional chia seed
  • Granola

Place almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, and maple syrup (or other sweetener) in a glass jar or container and stir with a spoon to combine. The peanut butter doesn’t need to be completely mixed with the almond milk. Swirls of peanut butter will look appealing the next day.

Add oats and stir a few more times. Then press down with a spoon to ensure all oats have been moistened and are immersed in almond milk.

Cover securely with a lid or plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 6 hours).

The next morning, open and sprinkle with desired toppings.

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats

You can substitute other fruit in the simple version

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup banana, sliced

Place oats in your container of choice and pour in milk and vanilla. Press down once to twice to be sure the oats are submerged. Add a layer of blueberries and then a layer of banana slices. Top with a drizzle of honey and cover. Place in fridge and enjoy in the morning. You can heat in the microwave for 30 seconds if you prefer your oats warm.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

This recipe is even thicker and creamier, thanks to the addition of yogurt. And added protein too!

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or skim milk
  • 1/4 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup apple, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A handful of dried apple pieces

Add Quaker® Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk and low-fat yogurt. Add in a layer of chopped apples, and top off with cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and cover. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning, add the dried apple pieces and enjoy.

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