Oats are my jam. Specifically, protein oats. I’ve been eating them consistently for over a year and they never get old! I love the melty, gooey, warm goodness in a bowl and would honestly eat them for every single meal every single day 😉 .
BUT a few weeks ago I went out on a limb and ordered overnight oats as part of my Vital Kitchen order. I’ve tried overnight oats before, but never could really get the texture right myself so the trend never caught on with me. HOLD THE PHONE because the pb&j overnight oats from Vital Kitchen were amazing! Seriously, I was obsessed with the soft texture and perfect marrying of flavors. Plus I literally grabbed them and went out the door. No cooking or clean up!
However at $5 a pop, they’re a bit steep for this working girl’s budget. So I decided to try making my own and really perfect the recipe this time. I will tell you it took a couple of tries to get the ratios right but I finally have it down.
30 g old fashioned, rolled oats
100 ml unsweetened almond milk
60 g plain Greek nonfat yogurt
- Pour oats into a reusable tupperware or bowl.
- Cover with almond milk and yogurt. Stir so they are well combined.
- Refrigerate overnight. The oats will soak up the liquid. You can make these up to 3 days ahead of time.
164 calories | 23 g carbs, 3 g fat, 12 g protein
I will add frozen or fresh fruit before letting the oats sit in the fridge. By adding it the night before, the oats soak up all the sweet juice from the fruit so you don’t need to add any extra Splenda or other sweeteners.
A few notes:
- I experimented a LOT with the peanut butter. I found when I added pb with everything else the night before, it got too cold and was a weird consistency (kind of hard). So then I tried adding the pb fresh in the morning and it still got too cold. Surprisingly, powdered pb (mixed with water and then added in the night before) works really well!
- I use unsweetened almond milk and on the first night I tasted it and was sure the oats wouldn’t be sweet enough BUT the fruit really adds so much sweetness! I’m loving adding fresh strawberries 🙂 .
- I’ve noticed these don’t keep me full quite as long as regular protein oats, but does save me a ton of time in the morning so I just adapt by packing a good morning snack.