You know you have no life when the first thing you say to people – as in, any person, your friends, babysitter, your dad’s girlfriend, strangers on the street: “Do you like oatmeal?” And when they stare at your sort of blankly and nod or shake their heads, you blurt out the entire recipe for overnight oats with an excitement that is not infectious.
At least I don’t show them a picture.
But this is my platform, ha, in which to spout my love and devotion to whatever I want, and right now that thing is OVERNIGHT OATS because seriously, they are that good.
Now, don’t judge this fab breakfast by my feeble photography. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to cook it. Seriously! This is especially convenient on school mornings when I’m rushing to make Bunky lunch and Little Guy breakfast, while chugging my coffee so my eyeballs don’t fall out of my head. All I have to do is take it out of the fridge and warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds (optional step), and then bam, breakfast is served.
Despite the rawness of this recipe, the oats are soft and chewy, not raw-tasting at all (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I used whole milk the first few times because that’s what we had and they were SUPER creamy and delightful. Then I tried them with a lower fat and the difference was obvious. Still good, though.
I was inspired by these fantastic recipes, my absolute favorite being the almond butter one, sans cocoa powder (I know, weird) and I’ve since made my own version. It’s a mouthful (no pun intended) but I couldn’t figure out how to shorten it, so…
Gluten Free Vanilla Maple Almond Butter Oats
*Adapted from My Whole Food Life’s, Almond Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats (I use regular but you can use steel cut for more texture)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsps maple syrup
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use 2% cow’s milk)*
- 1 tsp flax meal (optional)
1. Throw everything in a jar or thermos. Shake and put in fridge overnight.
2. Take out in morning and warm up if you want, and enjoy!
* add more milk or a splash of water for a slightly thinner oatmeal
This breakfast has really saved me because I haven’t been eating much of anything in the mornings, besides scraps from Bunky’s lunch. It’s sad because I used to love breakfast, and well, I still do, but I have no time or energy to make myself something healthy and filling. I used to be a hearty cereal girl, but I feel like the gluten free cereal options are super lame. Sure, there are organic circles and flakes, and a bunch of great mainstream sugary kinds (hello, Cinnamon Chex, which is like crack to my kids), but where is my hearty crunchy, granola-y, clustery cereal?! No where that I can find. Sigh. I don’t mind making regular oatmeal, but it takes time and messes up a pot.
But this overnight business? Genius! I don’t have to cook, it takes about 2 minutes at night which is key during crazy chaotic pre-bedtime lunacy, and it’s ready to go in the morning. It fills me up, it’s healthy, and YUM.
All I need is for these two to get a bit older and they can make it and serve it to me. Score.
P.S. This is my 101st post! I didn’t do any fancy shenanigans for the 100th because, um, I forgot, but I’m pretty pleased with myself to have hit this milestone even though most bloggers seem to do it in one year (or less) rather than three, but whatev. I have two kids and half a brain. So, I consider this quite a feat.
Thank you to all my readers, new and old, sporadic and regular, for tuning in to my rantings, ravings, and recipes.
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These sound delicious! I do a similar thing soaking the oats overnight in apple juice, adding frozen berries, then stirring in mixed seeds and natural yogurt in the morning. It’s a lot fruitier than your recipe but yours sounds heavenly 🙂
Oh, your version sounds so good! I will have to try that sometime. The fruitiness sounds like a nice change, and perfect for summertime, which is on its way here 🙂
Your excitement is infectious to me! But then, when it comes to not having a life, I’m right up there with ya. 😛
Sorry you haven’t found a good GF granola yet. I know Sprue Jr likes Udi’s and Bakery on Main. I still haven’t started eating oats, waiting for that mystical “complete resolution of gastrointestinal symptoms.” I’ll probably stop waiting for it in a month or so and do an oats challenge anyway because they’re just so good! Of course, that’ll be the dead middle of Non-Hot-Cereal season, but maybe I can eat muesli (another of sis’s favorites, and very similar to overnight oats except not served warm).
Aaaand happy 101st! In my opinion, 101 great posts in three years is infinitely more of a feat than 101 mediocre posts in one. (I guess technically I haven’t read EVERY one of your posts, but I’m assuming they’re all great.)
You know, I’ve tried Bakery on Main granola (non oat I believe) and at first I was like, what is this crap (too soon after going GF I think) and then years later I tried again and it’s actually very good. So is Udi’s (oat based), my favorite kind is vanilla. But I wish there were more interesting GF cereals since granola can be on the high fat side (not that I’m counting calories or anything, ha). I suppose I could mix up some GF flakes or my favorite Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla (as hearty as I’ve found) and granola to up the cluster factor, which I’ve done on occasion, but I often forget or am too lazy (and/or cheap) to buy both.
Good luck with your oats challenge! The non-cook kind is such an easy breakfast. I just made up a new one! Banana Maple, yum.
And thanks for your super kind words about my posts. That makes my day, for real 🙂
Congrats on your 100th post. 🙂 I love it when I see one of your posts in my reader. 🙂
Oh, thanks! That is so sweet 🙂 And makes my day!
Yum yum yum! I have eaten overnight oats before but never added almond butter to it though,..this version sounds very delicious! x
The almond butter is a nice protein boost, and of course delicious! Eating this in the morning really fills me up for a while, which is nice since I have a bottomless pit type of stomach 🙂