True life confession. I hate oatmeal. I mean, I love the smell of it and the taste of it, but I hate the texture. So, I can't eat the stuff. But I've seen so many posts about overnight oats. And I swear, every time I log onto Pinterest there's a post about them that pops up. They look so pretty and tasty sitting in their mason jar. And they're healthy and stuff. And I talked about them for so long. So, I finally made overnight oats. And I love them.
No. Seriously. I love them. They are kind of like oatmeal, but better because they're not in a package. The texture is better and you can do all kinds of things with them.
How I started
I read a lot of articles about how to make them. Most of the articles said something similar -- add some mushed bananas for sweetness and texture and add equal parts oats and liquid.
I'm not a huge fan of bananas so I decided that I would omit that when I made my first batch. I just made them plain (without any fruits, nuts, etc.) and added some honey for sweetness.
We tried then the next morning and, honestly, hey were horrible. I didn't mind the texture, but they were bland bland bland! I tried putting granola, fruit, and nuts on those babies. But there was no hope for them.
So the next batch, I decided to add a few other things. Channel my childhood with a little maple brown sugar.
I used equal parts oats and cashew milk. Then I also added some maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the mix.
We tried them the next morning and they were so good. And we've had them almost every morning since. They're so easy to make the night before too.
Here's exactly how I make overnight oats:
I take a quart jar -- I use a quart so I can just make a big batch for both of us.
I add about 3 cups of cashew milk and then 3 cups of oats (the old-fashioned kind).
I then add 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon, maple syrup (the good, real stuff)
I put the lid of the jar and give it a good shake. Sometimes I have to stir it a little because the syrup makes things stick to the side.
I put it in the fridge.
Then, the next morning, I take it out and microwave it for about 1 minute. Then I add some almonds and blueberries (sometimes a little dried fruit).
And I eat it all up.
It is by far the easiest breakfast I make. And it's good for you. And it's not too sweet. It's perfect on a cold winter morning.
Pinterest has a ton of awesome recipes and inspiration for overnight oats. I'm thinking I might eventually get a little more adventurous and make something like carrot cake or blueberry muffin or apple pie (seriously, I'm drooling over here).