Tuesday, March 4, 2014

overnight banana oats

I'm writing this tonight in the hopes that you are as lame as me and instead of celebrating Fat Tuesday, you're sitting on the couch with a glass of wine watching Couples Therapy on the DVR.

Just me?

But trust me when I say that you should prep this breakfast tonight before you stumble to bed.
You'll thank me tomorrow, I promise.

I've been saying for months that I was going to try overnight oats, and yesterday I finally remembered to do it!
It only took about a year.
And shame on me, because this breakfast was the bomb.
I should've known I'd like it just based on the fact that I can make it ahead of time.
Is there anything worse than having to pack breakfast in the morning when you're exhausted and would rather just:
A. go through a drive-thru, or;
B. skip breakfast altogether?

I wish I was the kind of person that could skip breakfast.
I just can't do it.
When I wake up in the morning, I'm ready to eat my own arm I'm so hungry.

Clearly it's best case scenario that I wake up and breakfast is already made.

recipe adapted via
Things you'll need:

2/3 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 banana, sliced

In a mason jar {or any jar with a lid}, combine oats, almond milk, vanilla extract, and syrup.

This is the syrup I used.
You want 100% pure maple!

Put the lid on tight, and give it a good shake!
Put it in the fridge overnight, and let the oats do their magic.

In the morning, the oats will have absorbed 90% of the liquid and look like this!
Plump, soft, and full of flavor.

Slice up some banana and toss it in.
Give it a stir, and enjoy!

The original recipe tossed in some chopped pecans too, which I think would be great if you're looking for some texture.
Or a sprinkle of granola.
I will say, though, that it was perfectly delicious with just the banana.
The maple syrup gave it just enough sweetness, and I honestly think the vanilla is the secret weapon.
It took the flavor over the top.

If you're not a fan of banana, feel free to mix it up.
I think blueberries would pair quite nicely with this flavor combo.
Also, feel free to warm it up if you're not into eating your oatmeal cold.

This was my first time trying cold oatmeal though, and I loved it.
Don't knock it 'til you try it!

I'm definitely going to try the other variations of overnight oatmeal on the site where I found the original recipe, so I will gladly report back about those.

What are your go-to breakfasts on weekdays?
I'm always looking for new ideas {considering I've had yogurt and granola every morning for the last year and a half, at least}.


  1. I've tried it once before and couldn't get past the cold oatmeal thing! Hmm.. Maybe I should give it one more shot! :)

    1. You should! You can always pop it in the microwave!