Being my latest new fav, I’d be remiss if I didn’t write a post about Overnight Oats.
I’ve loved oatmeal my whole life, but honestly my belief was that it was a weight gaining trap due to my early programming by the South Beach diet and Atkins. I knew that when I ate carbs, I gained pounds. I forced myself to stay away from breads, grains, cereals and anything else that smelled of carbs. Because believe you me, I’d just catch wiff on a breeze of fresh cooked grain and gain 5 lbs!
Learning new ways after being diabetically diagnosed, I finally understand the difference between sugar-generating carbs and healthy complex carbohydrates along with the reasons that we neeeed the later of the two – it’s for our own good!
WHOA…Wait a doggone minute here, say whaaat?!
I heard about Overnight Oats actually before I was diagnosed. As much as I loved the idea I stayed away due to that old school programming.
So the very first day I got the green light I went shopping and bought myself a shaker, the healthiest quick Oats I could find, mixed it with 1 tbsp powdered Cacao (I prefer TJs), 1 tbsp peanut butter (Laura Scudders all-natural creamy-did you know it’s actually non-gmo? 😳), and milk or a substitute (I like coconut water or “Malk” Almond Milk)! Thats it! I added a 1/4 tsp of my newly discovered Maca powder for a malty component (Anthony’s). Just shook it all up, then refrigerated overnight. I gave it a good shake again in the morning and presto! Easy to take on-the-go, enjoy in a cup/bowl, or drink straight from the shaker = an absolutely delicious version of homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats! I make them every night now instead of buying the popular high sugar brand at the store. And I love trying different ingredients to make more compliant comfort food hacks!♡
Try withholding the cacao and adding fresh fruit, like my all-time favorite berries…strawberry, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry – why not try a couple of each – oh my! Chop, chop, chop, add a sprinkle of monkfruit or other legal sweetener, and you just made PB&J Overnight Oats!
Lots of people add all sorts of fresh ingredients to get their desired comfort food flavor. How about banana, cinnamon and chopped walnut? Or cinnamon, sugarless applesauce and raisins?
What flavors can you come up using the following basic simple recipe with add-ins?
1/2 cup Oats, 1 cup liquid.
I personally prefer not to make more than this only because its actually really filling and I don’t choose to make lefties. I like to enjoy it fresh each day. I find myself looking really forward to it!
Overnight Oats are healthy, delicious, totally satisfying and they’ll keep you regular…not that us young folk care about that kinda thing! 😆 And I know its shocking, but (ssshhhh, it may actually be a well-kept secret even)…so yeah, maybe you should sit down before you read this:
They also make a really great lunch! Come on, you knew I had to say it!
And get this, to level up even higher, recently I discussed these Oats with a new friend who told me he prefers salt & pepper on his oatmeal! Oh my gosh, mind blown, we haven’t even talked about the possibility of savory Oats! What do you think about that!?! You must let me know!
In the meantime, as always…
…enjoy your lunch!