Two tried and true Valentine’s Day go-togethers: fresh raspberries and dark chocolate, make this protein- , calcium-, and flavor-packed breakfast irresistible.
It’s been a long winter and honestly, I have to admit that when it comes to breakfast I’ve been a little lazy. This week though, I vowed to mix it up a little (way, way too many mornings of peanut butter toast, a banana, and coffee) so I got back to stirring up my favorite Overnight Oats.
There are just soooo many different ways you can make these deliciously creamy, protein-packed, sweet tooth-satisfying uber-cute and tasty little breakfast stars. Plus, newsflash: Overnight Oats are NOT just for breakfast. I whip up an extra big batch and bring these Overnight Oats to work for that 2 pm energy slump, when the vending machine snacks, or my officemate’s mini Dove bars just start looking way too good.
On another note, sadly, Mr. EN is not so keen on the idea of Overnight Oats (see comment below) but I strongly urge you, if you like oats, to give it a try. Hot oatmeal just gets really boring sometime!
The Nutrition 411 – Mix Up Your Oats with Any Flavor Combos You Like!
- Oats for your heart. I like the texture of old fashioned oats but you can also use quick oats in this recipe. Either way you’re getting a hefty dose of soluble fiber to help keep your heart healthy.
- Crunch that counts. Mix up this recipe! A little crunch goes a long way: try toasted nuts, chia seeds, ground flax or flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or even a little granola.
- Mix up the milk. I use all different kinds of milk: soy, vanilla soy, almond, chocolate almond, or whatever I have and feel like. Any kind of milk works to soften the oats.
- Fruit for flavor. I top my overnight oats with fresh and/or frozen fruit. You can add it while your piling on all the other yummy ingredients, or just before you eat it. You can even use shredded carrots! See this YouTube video from The Domestic Geek for Carrot Cake Overnight Oats from and other great flavors. This video is what got me hooked!Are you ready to mix up your morning with some really delicious and a tiny bit decadent Overnight Oats? Try this recipe!Peace, love and good eats; from our empty nest to yours.
Are you ready to mix up your morning with some really delicious and a tiny bit decadent Overnight Oats? Try this recipe and hey, check this one out too: banana, flax, and nutella.
Peace, love and good eats; from our empty nest to yours.
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Mr. ENs Take on this Recipe: “OK. Would be better for me in the summer. In the winter I just don’t like cold oats.”
Raspberry Overnight Oats
Yield 1 Serving
- 1/3 of a cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh raspberries
- 1 tablespoon dark, mini chocolate chips
- Place the oats in an 8 oz Mason jar. Pour in the milk and stir well.
- Layer the chia or flax seeds next, followed by the yogurt and raspberries. At this point you can either mix things up a bit or leave them layered. Your choice.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight and up to three days. Add the chocolate chips just before eating.
- The nutrition content of overnight oats varies greatly in fat, carbohydrates, and calories, greatly depending on what kind of yogurt (0% fat, low-fat, whole) milk (almond, soy, dairy) and toppings (nuts, seeds, chocolate) you use. Choose the healthiest items for you, depending on your nutrition goals.