L’s Overnight Oats (aka My Breakfast Erryday)

Good Morning All!

Every morning, I get out of the gym, sling my overstuffed gym bag into my trunk and start thinking about what lies ahead for my day. After all those burpees, planks, squats, spin class, whatever my morning workout consists of, my mind is (usually) laser-focused on my to-do list. Except first: breakfast. Getting up at 5 am everyday, by the time I’m walking to my car in the parking garage at 7:15, my stomach is in revolt: “Food. Now. Like, right now. Or ten minutes ago. Feed meeeeee.” I know I’m not alone, because as the ladies’ locker room fills up after morning class, everyone has the same thought: after that workout, we are all freakin’ starving. Daaamn!

After attempting distraction by filling my stomach with coffee on my commute to work, I allow myself to start getting *a little* excited about my impending breakfast. As soon as my rear is parked at my desk, I wrench the lid off my mason jar filled with delicious goodness, dump it into a bowl and do not speak, think, or answer my phone until it is all in my belly. Mmmmm! Don’t judge me, but the moment that first bite is swallowed is the best part of my morning. For reals. Yum.

I’ve made overnight oats my (weekday) breakfast every day for the past several months (and never been tired of it, either!). I’ve gotten my sister, brother-in-law and three of my closest friends totally hooked on it. It’s always filling, it’s always delicious, and it’s always exciting. You can literally put anything on top. Anything. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to make it the night before. Seriously people, this is legit.

L's Overnight Oats

L’s Overnight Oats

L’s Overnight Oats

Let me tell you how I make it. All you’ll need is:

  • 16 oz mason jar/any container approximately that size
  • your favorite nut butter
  • rolled oats
  • milk of some variety (almond, soy, dairy – you name it)
  • cinnamon
  • toppings
Step 1: Take a big ol’scoop (~1 tbsp) of nut butter and put it in the bottom of your jar. I use Justin’s Maple Almond Butter because it is literally the best.
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Noms. Almond butter.

Step 2: Put 1/2 cup of rolled oats and (a little less than) 1/2 cup of almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk here) on top of your nut butter.
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Add oats and almond milk

Step 3: Dump some cinnamon on top (the amount is up to you, but I really like cinnamon). Stir the cinnamon in.
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Sprinkle on some cinnamon for flavor

Step 4: Time for toppings: throw some fruit in there. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are my current favorites.
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Add your fave berries
Step 5: Top it off with nuts, seeds, whatever. I use pumpkin seeds and flaked coconut for some crunchy texture in there.
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Top it all off with nuts, seeds, coconut flakes – whatever!

Step 6: You’re done! Put it in the fridge and go relax. In the morning you’ll have a delicious breakfast πŸ™‚

I’m not kidding when I say it’s that easy. And it’s sooooooooo good for you! You’ve got a very nutritious and filling breakfast to start your day off. The possibilities are endless as well, so you can put whatever is in your pantry/fridge as toppings and make it your very own.

I hope you all enjoy it! And have a great day today. It’s hump day! Woohoo!

– L.

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