I want you to know that nutritious breakfasts AND easy non-stressful mornings can be found in the form of something magical and beautiful called chia overnight oats, and do we love oats for this or what? WE LOVE OATS FOR THIS.
Also, you should really take it seriously anytime I give you advice on non-stressful mornings because I am about the last person ever who is qualified to train others on such a thing. If even my hot morning mess self can make my mornings less stressful, then basically anyone in the world can jump on this real food and convenience wagon and rock their mornings with me.
My relationship with oats is probably best labeled as hot and cold. I loved hot oats more than any other food for several years. Like 9+ years. I would eat hot, cooked oats for breakfast, lunch, and even DESSERT after dinner. I’m not kidding. It was the best of times. Things were hot.
Then something about my tastebuds sort of changed and developed (scary and exciting times!) and COLD oats came into my life.
Enter: my new way to love oatmeal –> chilled, creamy, barely sweet overnight oats.
I really credit the overnight oats with bringing me to a balanced oat-loving center. The hot oatmeal was perfect for the cold mornings of winter, and the creamy, soft, lightly sweet and berry-topped soaked oats were just everything I needed and more on a sunny spring or summer morning. Not only for a good breakfast packed with nutrition and easy to work with on the hurry-up-and-get-there morning run-around, but also for keeping my adoration of all things oatmeal going during all seasons of the year.
And adding chia?
Just an awesomely fun bonus and a good reason to add the word gelatinous to your vocabulary.
So in the name of overnight oats, here’s what I do at the start of every week.
I get out three glass jars.
I put 1/2 cup oats in each jar.
I put 1/4 cup chia in each jar.
I pour in 1 cup milk or almond milk (or water if the fridge is especially empty) to each jar.
I stir in a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, and a quick drizzle of maple syrup.
Then I wake up in the morning and I open the fridge to THREE BEAUTIFUL JARS of chia overnight oats and I grab one of them, stir it up with my leftover smoothie from the day before or maybe a quick fresh berry puree or mash up if I have three extra minutes to spare, and then eat it happily all in about 6 seconds flat.
Soooo mornings are looking pretty awesome right about now, right? I’d say YES considering I’m sitting here with this morning’s overnight chia overnight oats as I send you on your merry overnight oats way.
1cup frozen berries of choice (or yesterday’s smoothie leftovers)
yogurt for topping
berries for topping
Place the oats, seeds, milk, salt, and cinnamon in a jar with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.
Puree the berries. (I usually incorporate this into my smoothie routine, so I either use leftover smoothie or just blend up a huge smoothie batch so I have a little extra for the oats. You don’t HAVE to do this, but it’s a nice way to add some fruit and color.)
Stir oats with your frozen berry puree and top with yogurt and more berries, nuts, honey, whatevs you like.
HIGHLY recommend making this in batches. I usually do 3 at a time, all in individual jars for easy grab and go breakfasts.