Overnight Oats

I originally posted this recipe for Overnight Oats here but wanted to break it out on it’s own. Of course I’ve since changed up my breakfast routine but the recipe is still great!

I’ve been eating / drinking a smoothie as my sole breakfast since transitioning to a plant-based diet over two years ago. Smoothies are great for packing in a lot of fiber and nutrients in a convenient way. I’ve never followed a “recipe” per se but I’ve changed up my smoothie concoctions from time to time based on what I was feeling like. I started out with a very sour lemon, grapefruit, veggies, and greens based smoothie but all that citrus ended up making my teeth really sensitive and I think it was acid overload on my stomach. I then transitioned to a fruit and greens heavy smoothie with no added fats or protein powders. This seemed to work really well for me for a while, especially while I was training for the marathon. At that time, I drank an entire 64oz. smoothie for breakfast! Crazy to think about now. Most recently I was on a fruit, greens, seeds, and superfood based smoothie kick and had downgraded to about 40 oz. I started to want something a little different and my bestie Kira inspired me to change it up a little and try incorporating oats again. Oatmeal (and cream of wheat) was a breakfast staple in our house growing up and my dad still eats them almost every day. I continued the oatmeal habit for many years but eventually moved on to other things and once we got our Vitamix, smoothies quickly became my breakfast of choice. I like to start the day off by flooding my body with nutrients, so I’m still having a smoothie as the first thing after water, but when having it with oats, I make a much smaller and simpler one consisting of mostly greens, celery, herbs, and just a bit of fruit (similar to this one).

Overnight oats are simple to make and there are many wonderful recipes out there, but of course I’ve been tinkering with my own variation. I make enough for 2-3 servings to save some time. Little Claire hijacked half of the first batch I made but that was ok with me because I knew she was getting something good for her!

To a blender, add 2 cups liquid (I did 1 cup water and 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk), a big handful spinach or other mild greens (to get that extra nutritional punch!), 1 date with pit removed (could sub raisins or a small amount of natural sweetener like pure maple syrup), 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, a dash of salt (I used pink Himalayan) and ground black pepper, and blend until smooth.

Then in a medium sized bowl add 1 cup rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats or steel cup oats) and 1-2 Tblsp chia or ground flax.

Pour blended mixture into the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and allow to soak overnight in the fridge.

In the morning, remove from the fridge, stir well, warm it if desired (it’s great cold, room temp, or warm/hot but I prefer it hot) and top as desired. I topped with hemp seeds, bee pollen and a few blackberries. Other options like raisins, dried cranberries, goji berries, nuts or seeds, nut butter, chopped dates, sliced banana, sliced apple or pear, etc. would also be great! I have been enjoying them savory with a few pieces of sweet potato and a dollop of almond butter. If you like something a little smoother, turn this into a smoothie bowl by blending everything but the toppings in a high powered blender and then top as desired.

Overnight oats are a filling and energy boosting way to start the day!

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Overnight Oats (vegan, gluten, nut, and soy-free optional)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

Overnight oats are a quick and easy make ahead breakfast that will be ready and waiting for you when you wake up hungry and in a hurry! They can be enjoyed at home or packed up to go and taste great cold or warm. These oats can be made in countless ways both savory and sweet and work for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack! 

Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Author: admin
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk and/or filtered water (see notes)
  • 1 handful spinach, kale, or other mild greens
  • 1 each medjool date, pitted (or sub another natural sweetener)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 dash salt (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired, see note)
  • 1-2 Tblsp chia seeds and/or ground flax seeds
  • Desired toppings (see notes)
Instructions
  1. To a blender, add plant-based milk and/or water, greens, date, cinnamon, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Combine oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats or steel cup oats) and chia/ground flax in a medium sized bowl. 

  3. Pour blended mixture into the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and allow to soak overnight in the fridge.

  4. In the morning, remove from the fridge, stir well, warm it if desired (it’s great cold, room temp, or warm/hot but I prefer it hot) and top as desired. 

Recipe Notes
  • These oats work great with water or plant-based milk, or a combo of the two though they will be creamier when made with milk. 
  • Steel cut oats will also work but you will need to adjust the liquid to oats ratio and will also need to par cook the oats before storing in the fridge (either bring to a boil for a few minutes on the stovetop or microwave, allow to cool before covering and storing in fridge). 
  • I topped with hemp seeds, bee pollen and a few blackberries the first time I made them. Other options like raisins, dried cranberries, goji berries, nuts or seeds, nut butter, chopped dates, sliced banana, sliced apple or pear, favorite herbs / spices, etc. would also be great! Most recently, I've been enjoying a savory version with a few pieces of sweet potato and a dollop of almond butter. 
  • If you want a smooth and creamy texture, blend the oats in a high powered blender until smooth. 

Have a fabulous weekend! I’d love to hear what you eat for breakfast so please share in the comments section below!