I decided to try out making overnight oatmeal, and I actually loved it a lot more than normal oatmeal made in the morning. I think it’s because you don’t have to heat up the oats when they are soaked overnight so you can enjoy the cold cereal actually cold – it’s perfect! I decided to make my overnight oats more heavy and yummy with some chocolate protein and chia seeds for fiber! This recipe is great for someone who needs a healthy and filling breakfast to get them through the morning or even for someone who needs a post-workout breakfast meal since it has enough recovery protein and carbohydrates. It’s been researched the rolled oats are one of the healthiest whole grains for individuals looking to lower their blood sugar or those on a diet, trying to lose weight. Why? Because it is packed with protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and low sugar (the reason why packet instant oatmeal isn’t as good for you is because of the increased sugar content put in it to make it taste better). Well, I say you can easily use rolled oats and if you don’t enjoy the taste alone, add a little chocolate or some fresh fruit or dried fruit – those are healthier sugar sources than the artificial sugar in the instant packets. In this recipe, I used both chocolate and raspberries, and it was the perfect balance between cereal and sweetness. Want to know the most amazing news? I calculated the nutritional value and this recipe has 16g of fiber! That’s a whooping amount (more than 50% of the recommended daily serving). Especially for someone who doesn’t get enough fiber into their body daily, this is perfect! Are you a chocolate lover? Well then this recipe is perfect for you to enjoy your satisfying chocolate but get the fiber, protein, and whole grains you need! All you need is a jar or an airtight container (I used an empty pasta sauce jar and just cleaned it). It takes less than five minutes to prepare the night before and it’s completely ready in the morning – all you have to do is pour, top, and eat!
Yields 1 Serving
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup milk (I used almond, you can use soy, rice, skim, or regular depending on your taste)
1 scoop SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder (can substitute with your own protein powder and 1 tbsp of cocoa powder if you don’t specifically have chocolate flavored powder)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
20 fresh raspberries or toppings of your choices (options below)
**Other possible toppings: raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate or carob chips, nuts, nut butters, granola, fresh fruit (berries, bananas, peaches, apricots, etc.)
1. Mix all of your ingredients together in a jar. Place the lid on top and shake the ingredients together.
2. Place the jar into the fridge overnight. In the morning, simply pour out the overnight oats into a bowl.
3. Top with whatever add-ins you want, and enjoy! I like mine cold but if you want a little warm oatmeal, you can heat it up in the microwave for no more than a minute.