Savannah's Nutty Overnight Oats: Homemade Taste in Record Time
Whether its sprinting to graduate classes, UNDP, a quick gym session, or a conference, mornings are a bit chaotic. But there is no meal I look forward to more than a hearty breakfast.
Overnight oats are one of my favorite morning meals because they require zero effort, very little waste, and are flexible for whatever add-ins you're feeling. Soaking oats overnight creates additional health benefits too. According to One Green Planet, raw, soaked oats are easier to digest, and are higher in resistant starch. Resistant starch is a natural type of carbohydrate that has been linked to increased satiety, and improved weight, by reducing insulin level spikes.
As a vegan, I like to incorporate as much protein as possible, and typically throw in powdered peanut butter, chia seeds, and almonds. For those unfamiliar, powdered peanut butter is often considered "the dieter's dream" because it contains all the protein and taste of regular PB, but with 85% less calories and fat. How, you ask? The powdered varieties are made by pressing peanuts to remove their fat and oil content, while maintaining their taste. As the Huffington Post elaborates upon, this process creates the "dust" used that - when mixed with water - quickly reassembles a buttery spread.
Organic fruits, cinnamon, chia seeds, powdered peanut butter, classic Quakers Oats, and a recycled glass jar are all you'll need. No refined sugar in this kitchen!
Savannah's nutty overnight oats
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (depending on how thick you like it!)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 diced apple
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
- Handful of roasted almonds
- And for those sweeter than me, a dash of local honey
Pour everything into your jar, mix, and stick in the fridge. Come morning, your overnight oats will have thickened, and can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Garnish with a handful of almonds and more cinnamon, as well as any other crunchy toppings, such as cacao nibs, coconut slivers, or a dollop of your favorite nut butter. And if in a hurry, simply stick in your spoon and enjoy!