Our busy lives can make eating healthy a challenge. That is just one reason why I enjoy overnight oats. Aside from being a huge oat lover, preparing some jars for the days ahead can be done in just a few short minutes.
Over the years, I have eaten many jars of these overnighters. What I have learned is this…it is really hard to screw this up. What I mean by that is you can adjust your consistency to your liking. If you like a thicker consistency, you can add a bit more oats. If you want it thinner, add some milk to the jar prior to eating. Give it a stir and it’s good to go. Use any milk you want, get creative with your add-ins, and you will never have a boring bowl of oats again.
This time of year, stone fruit is ripe and ready to be enjoyed. Overnight oats make a great foundation to do just that! As the seasons change, switch up your fruit. The possibilities are endless. Topping the oats with some texture and color is the fun part, so enjoy the food art project!
1/4 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
2 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs sweetener of choice (adjust according to your preference)
1 cup light, canned coconut milk or milk of your choice
Nut or seed butter
A variety of stone fruit: peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries
unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
dollop of nut or seed butter
nuts and/or seeds of choice
fresh mint leaves for garnish
1) Fill a mason jar with the oats, chia seeds, milk, and sweetener. *If you decide to use some collagen, protein powder, or nut/seed butter, whisk that in with the milk until smooth before adding into your jar of oats. Stir until combined. Secure the jar with a lid and place in your refrigerator overnight.
2) In the morning, prep your delicious fruit and other toppings. Pour the oat mixture into a bowl or eat it right out of the jar. You can add more milk if necessary. Top the oats with your beautiful seasonal fruit, coconut, nuts/seeds, and mint leaves.
3) Thoroughly enjoy every bite! You can make a few jars at once for a quick, healthy breakfast. I devour mine cold. But warming them is always an option too ;) Overnight oats can be stored in your refrigerator for a few days.