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Summertime Overnight Oats

With summer nearly in full swing, we thought it’d be a good idea to share a yummy, refreshing recipe for overnight oats! Most of us seem to be so busy throughout the year that breakfast quickly falls by the wayside and we lose sight of eating a healthy, well-balanced first meal of the day. Overnight oats take very little prep and can yield multiple batches for a few mornings’ worth of meals (or for multiple family members).

Let’s start with the basics: overnight oats generally consist of raw oats, yogurt and milk (or other non-dairy alternatives). Mixed together, the oats soak up the liquids and puff up with a consistency similar to oatmeal. However, you don’t need to cook overnight oats! Simply put them into a container in the fridge overnight, or for at least 5-6 hours. But why not add extra ingredients to boost the flavor, texture, and nutritional benefits? This is where you can get as creative as you’d like. Below are two recipes we tried out that have a fresh summer taste, while providing great nutritional benefits and steady energy throughout your morning. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Mint Cacao

What You Need

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk (or non-dairy alternative)
  • ½ cup raw oats
  • 4 to 5 medium strawberries, halved or diced
  • 4 to 5 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1-1½ tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Mason Jar, Pyrex storage bowl, or any closed container that’s easy to eat from

Directions

Pour yogurt, milk, and oats into your preferred container, close lid and shake to mix. Then add strawberries, mint leaves, cacao nibs and maple syrup, close lid, and shake again. Put in fridge overnight, or at least 5-6 hours. Enjoy within 3 days of making for freshest taste. Can sweeten to taste with more or less maple syrup.

 

Blueberry Chia Pomegranate

What You Need

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (or non-dairy alternative)
  • ½ cup raw oats
  • ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries, washed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Mason Jar, Pyrex storage bowl, or any closed container that’s easy to eat from

Directions

Pour yogurt, milk, oats, and chia seeds into your preferred container, close lid and shake to mix. Then add pomegranate, blueberries, and maple syrup, close lid and shake again. Put in fridge overnight, or at least 5-6 hours. Enjoy within 3 days of making for freshest taste. Can sweeten to taste with more or less maple syrup.

Nate’s Notes: I like to add a little Four Plus Nutty, Vanilla Almond or Cherry Chocolate the morning of for that added crunch. Try not to add overnight as the granola will get soggy and lose its fresh baked texture and taste. I also add extra cacao nibs (or chocolate chips if my sweet tooth is going crazy). Hope you like it!


2 comments

  • Thanks Alex! Great question…I can look at the nutritional information from all the ingredients and do some rough math to get a final total. Stay tuned!

    Nate Kelly
  • Looks good Nate; got to pull together some ingredients.
    Wonder what the caloric intake is on a
    Bowl?

    Alex Perfido

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