I had been reading about overnight oats on Kath Eats Real Food for months before I finally decided to give them a try.
Why did I wait so long?
My version is my version; it bears only a loose resemblance to Kath’s by virtue of being overnight oats.
I’m into pumpkin, and yet I’ve also used unsweetened applesauce and mashed banana (not together) with amazing results. In fact, unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana can replace other sweeteners* and add additional nutritional benefits.
Basic Main Ingredients
1/2 cup dry old-fashioned oats + 1/2 cup milk of choice + 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
Old-fashioned oats are my preference. Maybe steel cut or quick are yours. Do you.
Basic Secondary Ingredients
Salt is highly recommended to bring out the flavors, sweetener is optional, chia seeds add a punch of fiber and Omega 3.
dash of salt + 1 tbsp organic sugar* + 1 tbsp chia seeds
Combine all in a glass airtight container, and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning…Voila! Eat it as-is or warm it in the microwave, or set your glass container in a warming pan of water until it’s brought to a higher (not boiling) temperature.
So easy, so nutritious, and so delicious!
It’s packed with power foods, fiber, and flavor. Also…
This recipe is easy to adapt to a best-for-you portion and taste.
Trim it down to 1/3 cup, or even 1/4 cup, or bump it up to 2/3 cup or 3/4 cup, or even 1 whole cup, for each of the three main ingredients. Whatever suits you and your needs.
♦ Consider swapping out half the milk for yogurt or cottage cheese.
♦ *What about using honey, agave or maple syrup for a sweetener?
♦ How about adding cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, or allspice?
♦ What might cocoa powder or peanut butter do flavor-wise?
For lots of great ideas, check out Kath’s Overnight Oats section on her site.
Have you had overnight oats? What’s your favorite kind?