Overnight Oats Without a Recipe:

That’s right! I’ll be honest with you: the idea of making overnight oats seemed taxing to me, but only because I didn’t know there was a simple formula to follow. Once I found out what the base formula was, A whole new world of possibilities opened up! Now I can be as creative as I want to be with my overnight oats! I’m going to share with you the base recipe, and then my two go-to recipes for overnight oats. I highly suggest you give the peanut butter and jelly recipe a try!

 

So, you can make any flavor of overnight oats you want. All you have to do is follow this equation:

1 part oats + 2 parts milk + 1/4 part seeds/nuts

If only my high school math teacher could see me now! Ha!

Let’s break it down:

  1. Rolled oats. Pass on the steel cut oats and quick oats and keep it basic with rolled oats. The quick oats will get too mushy, steel cut oats are too chewy, but the rolled oats are juuusst right. 1/2 cup is typically used because it’s the perfect amount for a breakfast serving.
  2. Add seeds or nuts. Ok, some people love chia seeds, I am NOT one of them. They’re slippery and bland like fish eggs. I’ve never eaten fish eggs, bu that’s what I imagine them to taste like, and I’ll pass. For me, I typically use the nut portion for nut butters. As in peanut butter, or almond butter. You’ve got a dollop of something creamy and packed with protein. Yes, please!
  3. Double the amount of liquid to your oats. Oats will expand, of course! So for every half cup, use 1 cup of liquid. I always prefer sweetness over bland, so I go for Vanilla Almond Milk. But you can use any kind of milk you like!
  4. Sugar & spice makes everything nice. Add a pinch of salt before anything else. Then get creative! Vanilla makes everything taste better; I even use vanilla extract in my chocolate, chocolate chip cookies! You can add nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon extract, etc. Then add a spoonful of your sweetener. You’ll find me reaching for raw organic honey. Adding the smallest amount of fruit will go a long way with the flavor. But if you’re going to use blueberries or anything with a skin over it, I suggest mashing them bit before adding to ensure the purest flavor will be used.
  5. Chill. Either overnight or 5 hours at the latest, and enjoy. You can eat them cold, or remove the metal lid and reheat them in the microwave! Overnight oats last about 3 days in the fridge.

Now, lets apply this formula and make my favorite overnight oats: Peanut butter and Strawberry Jelly!

Start off with 1/2 cup of rolled oats! Place in your mason jar.

Add your seeds! I use ground flaxseed. It’s my favorite 😀

Next add a heaping spoonful of creamy peanut butter. This is the best part. But I’m probably biased.

My favorite part about this basic formula is the milk. I used to make my oats with greek yogurt because I thought it would be more decadent, but once I tried it with vanilla almond milk, everything changed. Seriously, don’t change this recipe. The sweetness of the almond milk is perfection.

For our sweet and spice we are going to add 2 tsp of raw honey, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Give it a stir! Then seal tightly and set in the fridge to chill overnight.

In the morning, slice up 2-3 strawberries and add to the mason jar. I found that adding them in the morning right before eating keeps them from getting soggy, and mushy. Unless that’s your thing, save the strawberries for the AM.

 

And Voila! You will be SO impressed how yummy and delicious your PB&J in a jar is! Plus, you’re getting good carbs for energy, protein to wake up your muscles (and brain! Hello!), and antioxidants from the berries. Let me know what you think!

Vanilla Blueberry recipe down below: 

 

PB&J

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced or chunked

Directions:

Add the first six ingredients to a mason jar, or container you can seal, and stir well. Close the lid tightly and set in fridge to chill overnight. In the morning, add your strawberries, and be on your way!

Blueberry Vanilla Oats

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Add your base ingredients (the first five) to your mason jar and stir well. Close the lid tightly and set in the fridge to chill overnight. Add your blueberries in the morning and be on your way!

Enjoy! 

 

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