Q’s Express “Overnight” Oats

After a week+ of Greek Yogurt breakfasts, this morning I woke up and declared it was time for a change. Not because I watched last night’s Presidential address on the debt limit crisis, but because I love Greek Yogurt so dearly that I don’t want to over-do it and get sick of it.

My search for a non-Greek yogurt, homemade breakfast option was thankfully short.  (Hi, it’s 8 a.m. and I’m starving.  I ain’t got time to leisurely peruse the interweb, looking for something to strike my fancy.  Girl’s gotta EAT…)

The much-blogged about “Overnight Oats” came to my rescue, inspired by a blog post from Jen at Peanut Butter Runner, who’s most popular blog post is her Overnight Oats tutorial.  I should probably start paying Jen for all the inspiration she’s been giving me lately, lest she think I am Single White Female’ing her…

Jen,

The check is in the mail, sister.  Oh, and I’ve decided to become a yoga teacher and get a Golden Retriever…hope that’s okay!

Signed,

Unoriginal and Creepy

Okay, so in case you’ve been living under a rock, “Overnight Oats” is very similar to Müesli, a combination of uncooked oats, dried fruit, and nuts served hot or cold with milk.  You combine equal parts oats, yogurt, and milk and set the mixture in the fridge overnight.  It looks like baby throw-up, but fit female bloggers everywhere swear on their Lululemon that it is delicious, activity-fueling and habit-forming.

Disclaimer: Yours Truly has made much fun of the over-run of “Overnight Oats” recipes and photos out there in the blog universe, and y’all know how I feel about cereal. “The last thing this world needs,” says me, “is another blogger sharing photos of her dang oatmeal before going on a ‘long run.'”

Yet here I am.  ((Sheepish grin.))

Can I save face and call this a “research experiment” to see what all the fuss and hype is about?!  And it does involve Greek yogurt, albeit in a supporting role, not as the star.

Q’s EXPRESS “Overnight” Oats

INGREDIENTS 

1/3 c. Irish quick cook oats (I love McCann’s)
1/3 c. Fage 2% Greek Yogurt (unsweetened)
1/3 c. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 small banana, mashed
Dash of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes while you continue your a.m. routine: prepare coffee, finish getting ready for work, feed the dogs, watch cable news and have a panic attack about this whole debt limit situation, etc. etc.

Remove oat mixture from refrigerator and add the toppings of your choice.  If you’re not the creative/adventurous type, Google “Overnight Oats” and you will be overwhelmed with topping ideas.  My toppings this a.m.:

Grilled peach, skinned and diced
1 Tbs. unsweetened coconut
1 Tbs. sunflower seeds
1 tsp. honey

Research Findings

I concluded the final phase of my research experiment on the deck, while enjoying the cool morning breeze and blue skies.  I drank Hazelnut coffee (with copious amounts of half & half natch’) out of my Favorite Mug and watched small woodland creatures greet one another at the bird feeder in the backyard.

While scraping up the last blessed bite of my inaugural bowl of overnight oats, I realized I was disturbing the wildlife gathering at the bird feeder.  I quietly set my spoon down and contemplated how my backyard was like nature’s version of Starbuck’s – everyone’s a.m. pit-stop.  I took a sip of coffee and inhaled deeply, and exhaled.  Yes.  I could really go for some Sun Salutations right now.  Or a long run…

Just then, I choked on my coffee, nearly sending Favorite Mug crashing to the deck as I realized…

((GASP))

I’ve turned into one of those….those – no.  It can’t be.  NO!  I won’t stand for it!!!!!!

(whispered) One of those crunchy healthy living bloggers.

In the space of ONE HOUR and one bowl of cold oatty mush, I had somehow gone from a tightly-wound, Overnight Oats-mocking, free market capitalist, to some blissed out, bird-watching, granola-loving blogger who posts photos of blue skies and bowls of baby throw up cold oatmeal.  I was one step away from buying soy milk, calling my Member of Congress to tell them to support Obama’s debt limit increase plan, and boycotting Walmart AND Whole Foods since they are, according to this guy, virtually indistinguishable in their business practices.  Hippie drum circle.  My backyard.  TOMORROW.   I AM NOT KIDDING, PEOPLE!!!

Seriously Though

It WAS a really good breakfast and, dare I say it, downright life-changing.  I may just have it again tomorrow:)

 

8 Comments on Q’s Express “Overnight” Oats

  1. love this post. i am laughing at my desk. so happy to hear that your overnight oats experiment went well. it really is an unbelievably good breakfast…and stays with me all morning!

    i also have to comment on your outdoor breakfast. i always eat at my desk when i get to work but your blue sky/bird scenery looks like a much better way to start the day. ahhhh…..

    and finally…yes…you should become a yoga teacher and get a golden retriever!

    have a fabulous day!

  2. LOL LOVE it! Good to know it only needs about 20 minutes to do its magic. Days when I forget to prepare the oats the night before usually result in a semi melt down of “WHAT DO I EAT FOR BREAKFAST!?!?” Its not usually very pretty.

  3. Do Crunchy Cons sing Kumbaya? If so, count Jim and me in. Don’t feel like this made you a progressive or anything. There’s still room in the big tent.

    • Thanks Tricia!! This blog post is thoroughly tongue-in-cheek:) A bowl of Overnight Oats and bird-watching does not a Progressive make:) Stayin’ in the big tent where I belong:)

  4. As a crunchy blogger, I think I’ve been remiss by not blogging about overnight oats. :) I have often contemplated trying them but never have. We’ve been making a lot of banana pancakes instead (3 eggs, 1 banana, that’s it). Marcella stands in a chair beside me and we eat them one at a time as they come off the pan. :)

    • Those are very similar to my protein pancakes! I just add oats and cottage cheese to the mixture. Cinnamon and vanilla, too:) Glad to hear I’m not the only one who eats them straight out of the pan;) We are classy like that…

      • Totally classy :) And perfect for a toddler who, uh, doesn’t like to wait. ;). We make another protein pancake recipe with 3 eggs, 1/4 c whole wheat flour and 1/2 t of cinnamon. Sounds a lot like your recipe.

  5. How many carb in this breakfast???

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