Do you know about “overnight oats”? They’re fast and easy to prepare, they’re healthy, and they keep you full all morning long!
When the weather is hot during the summer months, I don’t find a hot bowl of oatmeal very appealing at all. Instead, I tend to stick to cold cereal and smoothies in the morning. However, when those staples get a little boring, I reach for these overnight oats instead!
When I was working in a law firm and arriving at the office so early that it was still dark outside, I used to pack my breakfast the night before and bring it with me to work. I would throw these oats in a Tupperware container with some milk, yogurt, and seasonings, pop on the lid, and it would be ready to eat at my desk the next day.
These days, I no longer have to eat breakfast at the office (thank goodness!). But, I still turn to these oats for a fast and easy meal. Since the oats sit in the milk (or yogurt) overnight, they become soft and plump – no need to cook them! I like mine cold when the weather is warm, but you can also reheat them in the microwave if that’s your preference. Top them with any fruit that you have on hand and your favorite nuts. This is the perfect combination of whole grains, protein, healthy fats, fruit, and calcium. Plus, it tastes great. Here’s to a healthy and delicious morning!
Banana Nut Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- ¼ cup sliced banana or other fruit, such as berries
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts
- Combine oats, milk, salt, cinnamon, and honey in a bowl. Stir together, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, reheat in the microwave if desired. Top with fruit and nuts. Enjoy!
Looking for other great healthy, make-ahead breakfast options? Try these favorites:
Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal Cookies