Contributed by the phenomenal Stacey Polak :
In a sea of overnight oats recipes, I finally found one that is both easy and delicious. It seems the many I have tried have either been too funky (too thick, dry or glue-y), too time consuming (“first step: make strawberry chia jam”) or had weird ingredients I wouldn’t otherwise use (Irish Moss …. seriously??).
This recipe is quick and forgiving. I assembled it in 3 minutes, threw it in the fridge overnight, tossed it in my bag in the morning, heated it 1.5 – 2 minutes in micro at work (remove lid). It works well with different add-ins, not changing the texture while adding taste variety. Also, it fits perfectly in a wide mouth, 2 cup mason jar (I use reusable plastic lids fitted for Mason jars; available at Wal-Mart).
If you are not a fan of chia seeds, consider this: chia seeds are 20% Omega 3 & 6, 20% protein, 37% fiber, high in MANY vitamins and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, B, E & D and antioxidants – to name a few!! They are good for your skin (anti-aging!), bones, teeth, heart, digestion, reducing diabetes, benefit metabolism helping with weight loss, boost energy and fight cancer. Makes you like them more now, right?
My favorite add-ins are dried cherries (affordable from Costco), ¼ diced banana, 2 dashes cinnamon. Other options are chopped nuts, raisins or other dried fruit, fresh fruit … any oatmeal toppings. Overloading it turns it into a dessert. One teaspoon of 2-3 add-ins will keep calories down.
1 Cup Milk (Your preference of milk – cow, almond, soy, hemp, coconut, etc. Watch calories here. My fave is ¼ cup almond + ½ cup hemp + ¼ cup water).
½ cup Rolled Oats
2T Chia Seeds
1T Pure Maple Syrup (the real stuff, not the sugar syrup blend) Costco carries a great organic pure maple syrup for a great price!
1-3 dashes Cinnamon (to taste)
Add-Ins (chopped nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc.)
Put ingredients in jar, shake, place in fridge overnight or 8+ hours. To heat: place in microwave for 1-2 minutes.