Overnight Oatmeal… Lots of it

I love planning things ahead of time. One less thing to do later makes me happier now. The rush of pure relief that accompanies finishing a project, or list of things to do, is one of the best feelings in the world. I love accomplishing things, plain and simple.

That is one of the reasons I adore overnight oats. They allow me to get more things done in the morning, and save me stress later in the day. Or at least allow me to get that extra twenty minutes of sleep on crazy weekdays. Twenty minutes doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, it is. Twenty minutes is pure heaven on some mornings:)

Overnight oats can be easily made the night before a busy morning, or a couple of days in advance. And the directions are so wonderfully simple- just combine things in a jar and shake shake shake!! Even better than a jar is a “almost” empty peanut butter jar. Mmmmm peanut butter. Anybody else a total nut butter addict? I know I am!

Anyway, there is a basic recipe that I find myself coming back to again and again. I take this recipe, add and subtract ingredients, and flavor it to my own needs. It had taken quite a bit of experimentation to find the perfect combination, but I FINALLY figured out the correct ratio!

Basic Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

½ Cup Rolled Oatmeal

1/3 Cup Liquid (anything but water, I usually use unsweetened almond milk)

¼ Cup Greek Yogurt (Try multiple flavors for lots of fun!)

1 Tablespoon Raisons

½ Tablespoon Chia Seeds

½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Optional Add-Ins (Add according to personal wants)

Seeds/Nuts, Honey, Chopped Dried Fruit, Flax Seed, Certain Fruits (Bananas, apples, and pomegranates work wonderfully, but certain fruits- namely berries- turn nasty and sour after being left overnight),Cocoa Powder, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Protein Powder,Cooked Zucchini, Grated Carrot, Cooked Sweet Potato, The options are endless!!

And now for a gallery of delicious things:

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In a kind-of-not-really empty jar of cinnamon peanut butter, I threw together the basic recipe plus some pomegranate seeds, cocoa powder, and cocoa nibs. Perfect!!

Oh boy, this one is a bit of a throwback! Back in the summer, when blackberries were actually affordable, I made some vanilla overnight oats, and then topped them with mashed blackberries and warmed banana slices. And peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

Oh boy, this one is a bit of a throwback! Back in the summer, when blackberries were actually affordable, I made some vanilla overnight oats, and then topped them with mashed blackberries and warmed banana slices. And peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

Coffee lovers unite! This one was a bit on the liquidy side (I was still experimenting), but I wasn't complaining, especially since it was peppermint coffeee flavored. With raisons. And cocoa nibs. And later- peanut butter!

Coffee lovers unite! This one was a bit on the liquidy side (I was still experimenting), but I wasn’t complaining, especially since it was peppermint coffeee flavored. With raisons. And cocoa nibs. And later- peanut butter!

Bad photo you say?? Well I agree, but in truth there is not such thing as a bad photo when oatmeal is involved. You know it is true! Dark chocolate banana overnight oatmeal, topped with more banana and, of course, peanut butter!

Bad photo you say?? Well I agree, but in truth there is not such thing as a bad photo when oatmeal is involved. You know it’s true! Dark chocolate banana overnight oatmeal, topped with more banana and, of course, peanut butter!

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I wish Justin’s almond butter wasn’t so darn expensive. Otherwise, I would bathe in this stuff. Liquid gold, I tell you. Liquid gold! This was overnight hazelnut oatmeal, topped with some whey sauce, and walnuts.

One of my more creative feats regarding overnight oats- watermelon pumpkin overnight oatmeal! The recipe still needs to be perfected now that I am thinking of it.....

One of my more creative feats regarding overnight oats- watermelon pumpkin overnight oatmeal! The recipe still needs to be perfected now that I am thinking of it…..

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KREMA IS MAGNIFICENT! One ingredient only: Peanuts. Talk about stellar!!! This beaut was overnight cranberry zoats!

Orangesickle overnight oatmeal. The lighting makes it look kind of alienly. In a good way, of course. This alieny pot was pretty delicious!

Orangesickle overnight oatmeal. The lighting makes it look kind of alienly. In a good way, of course. This alieny pot was pretty delicious!

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Peanut Butter Jars for dayssssss! This was a nearly empty jar of Naturally More pb, filled with overnight coconut oats. Side note- peanut butter and coconut is HEAVENLY.

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One of the many many reasons I love trader joes is their almond butter. It is low in price, low in added sugars and chemicals, and HIGH in flavor. Almond buttahhhh for days. Anyways, this was banana cream pie overnight oats. I later added some strawberries and more almond butter!

And we come to the last jar I have saved. Mango banana overnight oats. The best just might be last in this case. The pureed mango and banana made for a marvelous taste that made my taste buds soar. Plus the peanut butter went extremely well with the dish:)!

And we come to the last jar I have saved. (Certainly not the last jar I have eaten, however!)  Mango banana overnight oats. The best just might be last in this case. The pureed mango and banana made for a marvelous taste that made my tongue dance. Plus the peanut butter went extremely well with the dish:)!

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