Thursday, May 9, 2013

Very Vanilla Overnight Oats

The breakfast of champions is making a slow and steady comeback in my life.



Welcome back, overnight oats! It's been far too long.



If you're a long-time reader, you know overnight oats are a staple on HGG. What started with cinnamon, chocolate and banana has ballooned into a gazillion flavor combinations. Some of my  favorites include the Cinnamon Pumpkin; Protein-Packed; and Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream varieties.

Although I have a version to fit any "flavor" mood, I couldn't resist trying one more combination.

Very Vanilla Overnight Oats



I'm a serious chocoholic, but these creamy, thick oats gives my Uber Chocolatey version a run for its money. This powerhouse breakfast bowl includes the quadfecta of vanilla flavors: vanilla Greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pure vanilla extract and vanilla protein powder.

In other words, it's a vanilla-lover's dream come true.

Enjoy :)

Serves One

 

Difficulty: Non-existent

 

Total preparation time: Two minutes (+ overnight "cooking" time in the fridge)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • One 5.3-ounce container of vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield Organic nonfat)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Silk's version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • One tablespoon chia seeds (Trader Joe's sells a bag for $4.99.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Body Fortress Super Advanced Vanilla Whey Protein)
  • More almond milk, fresh fruit and/or nut butter for the morning (optional)
 

Steps:

  1. Mix oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds in a medium-sized bowl until everything is evenly distributed.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir.
  3. Add yogurt. Stir mixture. If it's too thick, add more milk.
  4. Cover the bowl, and place in the refrigerator to "cook" overnight (about seven hours).
  5. If desired, add up to 1/4 cup milk to the mixture and top with fresh fruit or nut butter in the morning.
  6. Enjoy!
 

Questions:

  1. Chocolate or vanilla?
  2. What's your favorite summer breakfast? 
 

Of Possible Interest:

Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal from the Yummy Life

19 Ridiculously Easy Mugs of Overnight Oats from BuzzFeed Food

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