Overnight oats are a staple in most health and wellness fridges. I nearly always have a mason jar of some concoction on the ready because they are so easy, and provide you with an instant boost of carbs, protein and fat if done right that can satisfy sugar cravings AND fuel your workouts.
So often, clients will ask me – should i work out on an empty stomach? The answer depends on a number of variables. What time of day is it? What kind of workout? How hard are you working out? Are you someone who gets lightheaded easily when exercising? For me, reaching into the fridge and having a couple of spoonfuls of overnight oats is often enough to change my workout from good to great.
So, on that note. you can make simple overnight oats easily: take a mason jar, fill it 3/4 with gluten free oats, add 2 tbsp chia seeds and then fill the jar with non-dairy milk (my favourites are almond, cashew and oat), throw in 1 tbsp of sweetener like maple syrup, honey or chopped, and add some cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger. That’s just fine.
You can try this astonishing take on the Overnight Oats – one that is full of protein, healthy fats, nuts for crunch, seeds and so much more. Here’s the trick BLEND the liquid with the nut butter. I have a bunch of variations that follows:
Trust. The. Process.
- 2 tsbp peanut, almond or cashew butter (Option: + 1 tbsp nut butter)
- 1 cup nut-free milk (almond, cashew, hazelnut
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Variations: 1/4 cup chopped nuts, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, chia jam
Take the nut milk and place it in a blend with the nut butter and cinnamon. Pour the gluten free oats in a mason jar. Add the chia seeds and stir thoroughly, the place the lid on and give it a solid shake. Add nuts and mix well. For an extra extra PB & J version, take 1 tbsp nut butter and 1 tbsp chia jam and swirl in overnight oats. Top with fresh berries to be fancy.
Try not to eat it all at once.