Thursday, September 23, 2010

Overnight Oats - FAIL

After reading so much about overnight oats on the various health blogs I visit, I had to give it a try.  For some reason though, I just didn't like them.  My husband did and even just prepped the same thing for tomorrow morning though.

Anyway, I think it may have been my choice of oats.  I used five-minute Irish Oatmeal and I think it just soaked up too much of the other ingredients and left me with mush.  Cold mush.  Ick!

But, if you are like my husband, perhaps you'll like it.  Here's how we did it:

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup fat free yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk (almond for the Mr.)
1 heaping tbsp chia seeds (too much if you ask me)
handful of dried cranberries
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix these ingredients in your breakfast bowl.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning I added sliced banana, peanut butter, crunchy granola and a drizzle of honey.  At this point you can nuke it for a minute as well, but we do not have a microwave so that wasn't gonna happen.  And if I had to dirty a saucepan I figured that would kind of negate the whole convenience factor of overnight oats.
Sounds and looks like it should taste great, right?  It actually wasn't bad tasting, I did eat it, but I think it was the cold temperature and the sticky texture that got to me.  I will give it another go but with different oats and much less chia seed.  Also going to give them a go in the crock pot as I've heard good things about that too.  And I think I prefer my oatmeal hot.

Anybody else have a good overnight oat recipe?

Here are a few blogs I read where fabulous things are done with oatmeal:

Kath Eats Real Food (KERF) - she has an entire tribute to oatmeal page!!
Live Laugh Eat
The Health Nut


  1. I had oatmeal for breakie this morning too... but I put dates and almond milk in mine and they were scrumptious!

    I don't think that I will be trying your overnight oats... you talked me out of it :P

    Make it a great day!

  2. I have many recipes and pictures of things I've spent hours making that I'll never post simply because I just didn't like them. Even though other people loved, what ever it was.

    Sometimes it's just a matter of taste.

    I have oatmeal for breakfast every morrning until spring. =)

  3. Ooooh this looks so healthy and delicious! I'll have to try this soon.
    You have a lovely blog here!

  4. I tend not to like oatmeal except in the form of cookies.

  5. Simple & nice! the best thing is quick to prepare. haha... That's what mama like the most. Hope you'll have a fabulous day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. I like your thinking Bo! haha

    And easy is good, but this just didn't do it for me. My husband has made this a few times and like it. To each his own, I guess. :)