Super easy overnight oats + new and improved blog!
After an intentional break over the holidays (yes, I’m aware that was a looooong time ago), and a serious bout of laziness over the past few months… I’m back!
And look, the blog is better!
I mean, I think it looks better, and I’m pretty excited about it, but most of the improvements are behind the scenes stuff, like site speed. Right before the the holidays, I noticed that the theme I was using wasn’t getting any updates and had been discontinued, which was a reality check for something I’d been realizing for awhile: my theme wasn’t very high quality. It was super bloated with unnecessary stuff, and my site was being super slow, and I couldn’t fix it.
So I did a ton of reasearch, bought a new theme (it’s Divi by Elegant Themes, if anyone’s curious), and was really excited… until it hit me just how much work switching was going to be. See above mentioned serious bout of laziness.
Ok, enough about that, let’s talk about food! You should know already that I’m seriously loyal to my homemade protein granola – I’ve been eating it almost every morning for years now and I’m still not sick of it. But it does take some effort – I usually make a batch on Sunday or Monday – but some time life happens, or I forget to go grocery shopping, or I forget I need to make some until like 9pm… on those occasions this is my morning life-saver. It still takes a bit of foresight (actually, if I’m super lazy I use basically the same ingredients but make it as oatmeal!), but it’s still super easy to make (throw everything in a jar), and I don’t have to think in the morning. Success in my book.
Adding chia seeds to my oats was a game-changer. Oats do contain some FODMAPs, and although I think technically up to ½ cup is low-FODMAP, eating that much at once was definitely too much for my body to handle, leaving me feeling grumpy and bloated. Not the best way to start the day. Replacing half the oats with chia seeds solved the problem, keeping me full but not too full!
Also, can we take a minute to talk about the concept of overnight oats in jars? Sure, it looks cute and stuff — and it’s a great way to store them, but c’mon. I’ve tried using even bigger jars than the one above ^ but it’s just impossible to eat out of! And I end up eating all the toppings first and then I just have oats at the bottom. And! So so messy. So do yourself a favor and put your oats in a bowl before you try eating them, k?
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¾ cup lactose-free milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 spoonful protein powder (see notes)
- 1 spoonful peanut butter
- Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, and/or ginger
- Cocoa powder
- Nuts & seeds I like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds
- Fruit like a banana or strawberries
- Cacao nibs
- The night before, mix all base ingredients and any add-ins in a jar or container with a lid. Shake until everything has been mixed together.
- Refrigerate at least overnight (it'll keep in the refrigerator for about a week). I like to scoop everything into a bowl and then add toppings! Enjoy!
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