As fall begins to feel more like, well, fall, I find getting out of bed to be hard. Don’t get me wrong. Since I quit coffee, I feel more awake and alert in the morning than I have in years, it’s just the actual standing up from my nice cozy bed when the alarm goes off to be the issue. Once I drift off to sleep it’s as if the blankets and pillows adopt me as one of their own, never eager to allow me to leave.
Or perhaps I’m just lazy.
But I’m going with the former, because self deprecation is never healthy.
Once I do finally drag my body out of bed, drink my first liter of water, and start waking the kids up for school, I hit the kitchen to make breakfast. I find that my digestion works best when I have a hearty, high fiber meal in the morning, so I focus on whole grains, flax seeds, chia seeds, and the like. By now you know I am a big fan of the make ahead breakfast (a la Slow Cooker Steel Cut Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal or Breakfast Barley), yet I know not everyone owns a slow cooker. So today I thought I’d share another way of getting in that heart and gut healthy fiber in the morning, no slow cooker required.
Enter overnight oats.
The concept behind overnight oats is very simple. Combine oats with liquid and any other mix-ins and flavor enhancers you’d like and let them “cook” in the fridge overnight. When eaten cold in this manner, the oats are higher in resistant starch, which can help stabilize blood sugar spikes. Combining oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds in this recipe is the perfect combination for a happy tummy. Each serving packs a whopping 16 grams of fiber (RDS for women is 25 grams and men is 38 grams). Plus, the process takes about 2 minutes to throw together and is infinitely customizable. I call that an all around win.
I absolutely love my oatmeal cold, but if that’s not your jam, then feel free to spoon out your portion (each jar makes around 2 servings) and heat it up before adding your toppings. I like to make about 2-3 jars of overnight oats at a time so there is enough for the whole family. They are also portable, which is perfect for those “I hit the snooze one too many times and we’ve got to get out of the house 5 minutes ago” mornings. Come on. You know you’ve been there too!
Vanilla Maple Overnight Oats
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 2 TBS flax seed meal
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 TBS maple syrup
- 2 cups unsweetened plant milk
- Pinch of salt
- Optional Toppings: fresh fruit, shredded coconut, hemp hearts, sprouted pumpkin seeds, etc.
- Combine all ingredients in a lidded container (mason jars work great for this). Stir well, cover, and place in the fridge over night.
- In the morning, spoon out half the oat mixture and top with desired toppings. Enjoy cold or warm for 30-45 seconds in the microwave. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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