I love oats. They make a great nutritious breakfast (and fast!), they are awesome in baked goods, and they are great for milk supply in breastfeeding mothers. Now I know that last benefit doesn’t apply to everyone, but for me, it’s an added bonus while I’m nursing. Sometimes in the summer, whipping up a bowl of hot oats just doesn’t seem that appealing. Enter overnight oats – also fondly known as summer porridge.
It doesn’t get any easier than this! I love that I can whip it together while Nora is sleeping at night and have my breakfast ready in the fridge when we wake up. There are so many possibilities with this, just prepare to your heart’s desire.
Some recent combinations I’m really enjoying are a raspberry and peach oatmeal and also a banana peanut butter oatmeal. Another favorite is blueberry, maple syrup and pecans. Yum! Experiment to see what combinations you like best. The sky is the limit!
I first learned about this recipe from Kath Eats Real Food. I loved following her blog when she was pregnant. Another reason I really love this recipe is because I love chia seeds lately. Anything that I can eat with chia seeds is great.
Overnight Oats (aka Summer Porridge)
1/3 cup organic oats (rolled oats, NOT quick oats)
1/3 – 1/2 cup raw milk (make sure to use a high quality organic milk if not using raw)
1/3 cup organic yogurt (raw would be best here as well)
1 Tbls chia seeds
A dash of organic cinnamon or organic cocoa powder, depending on the flavor you want
Mix all the ingredients together in a container of your choice. I like using a pint mason jar because the size is perfect and you can pop a lid right on it. It’s also very portable in case you need to grab your breakfast on the go. When I made this batch, I used a half pint jar and it was a tight squeeze to mix everything in. I’ll stick to a larger bowl or my pint jars from now on.
In the morning, grab your oats out of the fridge and top with anything you can imagine. When I did my most recent combinations, I added a diced peach and some organic raspberries in with all the other ingredients. I also used a small drizzle of raw honey for a little extra sweetness. Share your favorite combinations with me. I’m always looking for new variations.