Sweet flavor blends with spicy cinnamon in this tasty bowl of snickerdoodle overnight oats. Made overnight in the refrigerator, these oats only take five minutes of prep the night before so that you can have breakfast sooner!
I’m a big fan of easy breakfasts. I’m a big fan of breakfasts in general, but I recently started a new job that requires me to be awake and alive before the sun is up. It’s been a little difficult for me to adjust. To make the transition a little smoother, I found it best to prepare as many things as you can the night before. We’re talking outfits, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even my general game plan for the morning. I have a Type A personality, can’t you tell?
Last week I started waking up an hour earlier so I could get a workout in before work. I only have a few things to say about that. 1. Who is this person that can wake up at 5:45am, and what have you done with the real me? 2. I finally understand all those articles that claim working out in the morning makes you feel better about the rest of your day. They were right about that, by the way.
To make breakfast delicious without taking up a ton of your precious morning hours, try making a bowl of these overnight oats. I’ve been making them before they went mainstream, but they’re still delicious and totally worth the hype. You can customize your oats just the way you like them and add in as little or as many toppings as you’d like. My old faithful creation of overnight oats was peanut butter chocolate chip–no surprise there.
When I was doing the 21 Day Fix and trying to cut down on my chocolate intake, I opted for flavors that didn’t have a ton of extra calories. I basically raided the spice cabinet every time I wanted to flavor a dish. Oats were no exception, and I sprinkled a generous amount of cinnamon on these oats. To mimic the sweetness of a traditional snickerdoodle cookie, I added a packet of stevia to the oats.
Preparing this breakfast couldn’t be easier. Find a container with a lid. Add dry ingredients, put lid on, shake to combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and repeat. Leave your container covered in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. In the morning you’ll wake up to a breakfast that is neither too chewy or gelatinous–problems I’ve always had with making packets of oatmeal, yuck.
If cold isn’t your thing, there’s always the option to heat your oats in the microwave. I haven’t done this in awhile because I read that if you microwave overnight oats with yogurt in them it’ll make it curdle…DOUBLE YUCK. So, to be safe, I just never heat them up. If cold oats are a no-go, make sure you don’t use any yogurt.
If you are one of those people who flies out the door in the morning without eating breakfast, give these try! I love making them in a mason jar with a lid so I can take it with me if I need to.
So, just a few questions. Are you an early riser? Have you always been an early bird/night owl? What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast?
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup milk I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 oz greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 packet stevia
- 1 scoop protein powder optional
Combine oats, cinnamon, stevia and protein powder in a container with a lid. Fasten lid and shake.
Add milk and yogurt to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Leave oats in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Remove covering and enjoy!
*If you prefer yours warm, be sure to omit yogurt and warm in the microwave in 30 second increments until desired warmness is reached.
Loving easy breakfasts?