Are you a faithful breakfast eater? Do you eat mostly the same thing for breakfast each morning, or do you like variety? I most definitely have to eat breakfast every morning, or I’m a shaky lightheaded mess by 9am. I usually have either an egg and cheese sandwich on an english muffin, or a bowl of cereal – a LARGE bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and whole milk, just in case you were wondering.
I was inspired to try something new when Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum, one of my favorite food bloggers, shared her recipe for Flax and Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats. This is one of those recipes that super versatile, and there are about 101 possibilities when it comes to mix-ins and toppings. These are a few of my favorites…
The toasted coconut (directions below) was soooo over the top delicious. I pretty much just kept taking a bite, adding more toasted coconut, then taking a bite, and then a little more…
Adding the raisins to the yogurt and oatmeal before it sits overnight makes them get nice and soft and plump. Simple but good.
If you like your oatmeal on the sweeter side, a drizzle of honey is the perfect thing. A generous sprinkle of chopped almonds adds a nice crunch too. Maybe some sliced bananas?
I’ve actually been eating this for lunch more than breakfast, simply because I can’t seem to remember to make it the night before! So I make it early in the morning, divide it into mason jars, and put them in the fridge for later. Then when I’m heading out to run errands, or take the boys to the park, I just put one in my purse to eat on the go. Just don’t forget a spoon like I did! I love that these cute little jars keep me from being tempted to hit the drive-thru when I’m out and about and that lunch time hunger strikes. I like using steel cut oats because it retains a nice chewy texture, but if you prefer a softer texture you can definitely substitute old fashioned rolled oats as well.Print
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Toasted Coconut
- Chopped Almonds
- In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, milk, oats and brown sugar. Add berries or cinnamon and raisins at this point if desired.
- Divide into three jars or containers, and refrigerated at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Add additional toppings such as toasted coconut, almonds, or honey.
- To toast your coconut, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread sweetened coconut flakes on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake the coconut for about five minutes, watching for most of the flakes to turn golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
***Since I’ve made this a few more times, I’ve noticed that the oats soften quite a bit more when the jar is allowed to set at room temperature, for example, when I take it out of the fridge before leaving the house in the morning and then eat it later for lunch. So if you feel like the oats are too crunchy, allow it to sit at room temperature for a while. If this does not work well with your schedule, you may want to substitute old fashioned rolled oats instead of steel cut oats, or a mixture of the two.
***I’ve also tried microwaving the mixed oats, yogurt, brown sugar and milk for a minute or so before pouring into the jars to refrigerate. This really made the oats soften up by the next morning, even without sitting out at room temp. So you can kind of play with the recipe to get it to the texture you prefer.