Looking for an easy, healthy breakfast for the whole family? As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for simple eats that I can hack together in minutes, and this no-cook peanut butter overnight oats fit the bill perfectly! Yup, you read that right - not only do these make ahead oats require zero cooking time, they take all of 5 minutes to prepare!
While green smoothies are the breakfast of champions in my opinion, it’s not always easy for me to get in the mood for a cold smoothie breakfast in the dead of winter. The great thing about these overnight oats is that you can eat them either hot or cold. Another bonus is that they double well as a healthy snack too!
What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are simply oats soaked overnight in your fridge with the liquid of your choice(milk or yogurt) and other mix-ins. This gives the oats time to absorb the liquid and in the morning, you have a ready-to-eat soft oats porridge! No more cooking your oats on the stove or in the microwave and waiting around for it to be ready during your hectic mornings!
Why Overnight Oats?
Oats are a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients. People that eat oatmeal for breakfast feel full longer, making them less likely to reach for that mid-morning snack, which aids in weight loss. Other health benefits of oats includes lowering your cholesterol and reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
While there are many brands of instant oatmeals that you can easily buy from your grocery aisles, some of them contain partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and colors, or high amounts of sugar and salt. Making your own overnight oats gives you control over which healthy ingredients to add and customize it to your taste buds, not to mention it’s also a fun activity you can do with your little ones!
Which oats to choose?
All oats originate from whole grain oat groats. The different forms of oats are based on how they were processed. Old-fashioned rolled oats are steamed and rolled into a flat shape. Quick cooking oats are similar to the old-fashioned rolled oats but rolled even thinner to cook more quickly. Steel-cut oats, also referred to as Irish or Scottish oats, are whole oat kernels cut with a steel blade into several pieces.
Steel-cut oats digest more slowly than rolled ones. They also rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats because it takes longer for your digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces. The lower glycemic index means it is less likely to cause spikes in your blood sugar, which helps with weight loss. For these reasons, I recommend using steel-cut oats if you are watching your weight. I personally prefer its more chewy texture too.
This Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe is powered with high protein ingredients and also spiced up for an extra boost in both flavors and fat burning metabolism! Cinnamon is full of health benefits and the warming ginger is great for weight loss and health as well.
Let’s get started by gathering all the ingredients into a mason jar or a small mixing bowl:
Stir all ingredients together with a spoon. Spoon into a jar from the mixing bowl and push down all oats into the milk. Close the jar and refrigerate overnight, or wait at least 5 hours before eating. In the morning, simply top the oats with raspberries, strawberries or chopped nuts.
That’s it! Healthy eating CAN be delicious, easy and fun! This delectable peanut butter overnight oats recipe does not only boost your metabolism for weight loss but also helps to fight the cold - a winning combination all around for the whole family!
PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 2 Tbsp yogurt
- ½ Tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Raspberries, strawberries or blueberries
- Chopped nuts
- In a mason jar or a small mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together with a spoon. Then spoon into a jar and push down all oats into the milk.
- Close the jar and refrigerate overnight, or wait at least 5 hours before eating.
- In the morning, top with raspberries or strawberries and chopped nuts
What's your favorite overnight oats? Comment below!
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