Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been a favourite ingredient of ours. Its so versatile, healthy (significant source of dietary fibre and helps regulate insulin levels) and easy to find in grocery stores or health stores! Oatmeal can and has been used (by us) in desserts and snacks (Flourless Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins), and most obviously in breakfast recipes (Chocolate Banana Oatmeal). Well, here’s another way to use oatmeal that’s quick, easy and most importantly, healthy and delicious – Overnight Oatmeal.
Overnight Oatmeal has been gaining popularity lately, among food bloggers and celebrities alike (read Lauran Conrad’s post about overnight oatmeal!) for its minimal prep work and high nutritional value (the recipe below has 259 calories, 5g fat, 55g carbs, 8g fiber, 15g protein). With all the hype that has surrounded this new and ingenius way to use oats, we had to try it for ourselves!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal
Adapted from The Yummy Life

yummy naked rolled oats

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled  oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener eg. brown sugar, maple syrup)
1/2 diced ripe banana (or the whole banana, if you prefer)

Before shaking

In a airtight container, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, peanut butter and honey.

After shaking

Cover the container and shake until well combined.

Bananas join the party!

Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout.
Return cover to container and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.

VOILA! delicious oatmeal 🙂

Oatmeal has never been very photogenic 😦

Optional: Top with fresh fruits or granola. Eat chilled.
We enjoyed this recipe immensely when we first tried it and it has become one of our staple recipes for a quick and nutritious breakfast! If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, do try them soon as they have a whole host of health benefits! They were a little difficult to locate in Singapore, so when we found them in a tiny health shop in one of Singapore’s many shopping malls we were over the moon! 😀

the elusive chia seeds!

This recipe is really useful on those busy weekday mornings because you can just grab the entire container and eat it on the way to school or work with minimal prep work the night before! It takes about 5 minutes to throw everything into the container, work your arm muscles by shaking it as hard as you can and then slicing the banana to top it all off. The best part of overnight oats has got to be its versatality. The basic recipe is equal parts greek yogurt, rolled oats and milk, and then you can add whatever else you wish to! For example, cocoa powder and banana for chocolate banana oatmeal, or maple syrup and blueberries, or toppings such as granola, fried cranberries or raisins! The combinations of toppings and flavourings are endless so we hope that you try out your favourite combination and tell us how it goes so we can try it out too 🙂 All the best in your oatmeal experiments!
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