Overnight oats are the perfect snack for all my oatmeal lovers who just don't have the time to slave over the stove, stirring their perfectly creamy oats. In this recipe, time & your refrigerator does all the work, while you get on with your life and come back to perfect oat-y goodness. Not only that, but these have minimal sugar, low inflammatory whole grains, and protein rich greek yogurt, as well as some vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant rich fruit & chia seeds! Hello healthy snack.
I made a few different versions of these babies, but I'm going to give you my base recipe first & then tell you all about my favorite combos. I give the recipe for 2 snack servings (that's one small/medium sized mason jar worth). If you're eating for breakfast though, feel free to down the whole jar!
Overnight Oats Parfait
MAKES 1 SMALL/MEDIUM MASON JAR
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup milk (almond, coconut, cow's, whatever you want)
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp or splash vanilla extract
- Mix - in's/ Layers
What to do:
In a medium sized liquid measuring cup, stir together oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, and vanilla until combined. In mason jar, put first layer of mix-in's. Top with half the oat mix. Place in second layer of mix in's. Top that with the rest of the oat mix. Finally tip with the last layer of mix in's. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
If you're not into soggy fruit, then make these overnight oats without the fruit mixed in prior to refrigerating and then top with your mix in's prior to eating.
Get Real Nutrition's Fave Overnight Oat Flavors:
Blueberry & Granola: We used frozen blueberries and Steve's PaleoCrunch Original Flavored Grain-free Granola as well as splash of agave nectar in our oat mix.
Apple Cinnamon: Here we had some leftover apple puree (cooked apples pureed nice and smooth) so we added 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to our oats and then layered the puree, some chopped apples, and chopped up peanuts with our oat mixture.
Banana, Coconut, & Macadamia: On a chilly winter day, this combo took us straight to the tropics. We stirred a little agave into our oat mixture again. Then layered it with sliced bananas, chopped macadamia and cashew nuts, and sprinkled in some toasted coconut!