It’s no secret that we love oats at Erin Baker’s. This ingredient can be found in all of our products whether it’s Homestyle Granola, Breakfast Cookies, or Sprouted Snacks. The benefits of whole grains maintain this ingredient as the foundation of our business. We aren’t the only ones who are aware of the numerous health benefits; The FDA claims a reduced risk of coronary heart disease with the consumption of beta-glucan soluble fiber from whole grain oats.₁ Even better, oats are versatile and can be used in countless delicious recipes.
Overnight oats are an excellent way to have a portable, nutritious breakfast. To make this recipe thoroughly enticing, you should be aware that you will spend more time eating than preparing it. By choosing this method to consume oats, you can focus on other aspects of your morning routine. The best part about overnight oats is once you know the basis of the recipe you can customize the flavor with various fruit and spreads. Let your imagination run wild!
Besides tasting delicious, there are many health benefits associated with oats. These ancient grains are rich in fiber, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc.₂ The combination of micro- and macronutrients may result in lower cholesterol, a reduced risk of heart disease, and/or lower blood pressure.₃ Eating oats for breakfast is not only cost-efficient but it’s also a great way to feel full without eating many calories. When preparing overnight oats, you’ll be rewarded with even more health advantages such as increased digestibility and higher levels of nutrients.₄
Now that you’ve learned the wonderful ways in which overnight oats can benefit your body, let’s learn how to make this delicious concoction! You will need to gather a ½ cup of rolled thick oats, ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2/3 cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Feel free to use flavored yogurt if you’re feeling adventurous. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl; however, we recommend placing this mixture in a jar for extra portability.
Once you place your creamy oat-based mixture into the refrigerator overnight, that’s when the magic happens. While you’re sleeping the oats and chia seeds will absorb the liquid and soften them. This method of preparation helps aid in digestion, but also creates a pudding-like texture that’s simply divine. Another great perk about letting the basis of this recipe soak for a prolonged period is that there’s no cooking required! Simply take five minutes preparing the ingredients and enjoy.
You are going to want to wait until the morning to add your mix-ins such as fruit, peanut butter, or granola. This will ensure that the base has absorbed as much liquid as possible; furthermore, it will also guarantee unblemished fruit and crunchy granola. We recommend strawberry jam and mashing the banana to help spread the fruit throughout the oat base. Although we’ve suggested two different types of mix-ins, feel free to use your preferred fruits and spreads.
By choosing a recipe that can be prepared ahead of time, you can rest easy knowing that you will have a nutritious breakfast ready for an on-the-go adventure. Breakfast is important because it stimulates your metabolism and improves memory/concentration.₅ Is there magic involved in this recipe? Maybe. Will you start your day feeling full and energized? Definitely.
What toppings would you add to your overnight oats??
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