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.
Total preparation time: Two minutes (+ overnight "cooking" time in the fridge)
- 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)
- Mix oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds in a medium-sized bowl until everything is evenly distributed.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir.
- Add yogurt. Stir mixture. If it's too thick, add more milk.
- Cover the bowl, and place in the refrigerator to "cook" overnight (about seven hours).
- If desired, add up to 1/4 cup milk to the mixture and top with fresh fruit or nut butter in the morning.
- Chocolate or vanilla?
- 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