I’m almost 25 years old, and at this point I’ve learned a thing or two about myself. Like one: I super love the idea of clean eating and getting healthy… in theory. But two: exhaustion at the end of a busy day, laziness and a tendency to chronically oversleep
often usually get in the way.
Yes, in an ideal world, I’d rise out of bed bright-eyed and bushy tailed, drink some lemon water with cayenne pepper and greet the day with a few sun salutations or something, all while having time to do my hair and carefully select an outfit. The reality (more often than not)? A leap-out-of-bed scramble and the “I have nothing to wear!” dilemma that ends in dashing out the door and down the block. Hey, at least I get my morning cardio running for the bus?
It’s rare that I discover things in life that combine my get-healthy yogi-lifestyle dreams and snooze button habits, so when I do, it’s pretty exciting. So I’m not really sure why it took me so long to get on the overnight oats bandwagon – but this week, I finally did. And it’s a great bandwagon to be on, let me tell you.
First of all, overnight oats are super-duper easy to make: mix ingredients in jar and stick in fridge the night before. Grab on your way out the next morning. Done. They also tend to be far, far cheaper and healthier than the Starbucks oatmeal and blueberry muffins I used to grab on the regular.
The base is pretty much the same: 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use old-fashioned, but apparently steel-cut will work too), 1/2 cup milk of your choice, soak overnight. Boom. That’s it.
This is where it gets crazy: you can mix pretty much anything your little heart desires into your oats. Nervous you’ll get sick of the same thing every day? Don’t be; the possibilities are virtually endless. Fresh fruit, frozen fruit, nuts, chia seeds, nut butters… even coffee!
So, in the spirit of my new love of overnight oats, here are eight different varieties to try:
This recipe was my overnight oats gateway drug, if you will. I’m not a big coconut person, so I basically just mixed maple syrup, chocolate chips and slivered almonds into the basic recipe. So tasty. Note that the recipe calls for 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of oats, but I found that a bit liquid-y. I recommend sticking to the 1:1 ratio of liquid:oats.
Below are seven more tasty-looking options: