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I always make sure to start a long day of work with a hearty breakfast. Bananas & peanut butter, mini wheats, greek yogurt, etc. But this month I’ve been super into a new morning treat: Overnight Oats. Oatmeal is a delicious and healthy breakfast option, in my opinion, but not always palpable on hot summer mornings. This oatmeal recipe allows you to refrigerate the mixture overnight so you are left with a pre-made, delicious bowl of cold oats in the morning. And the best part- it keeps you full for SO LONG, so you can tackle the day with lasting energy!

(*I love the thick and creamy texture, although some people don’t like the consistency of cold oats. If you don’t mind things like rice pudding, tapioca, grits, or cottage cheese, you should be fine. Either way, I encourage you to give it a try!)

The fun part about making overnight oats is all of the ingredients and toppings you can add to flavor your breakfast. The combinations are endless and can also alter the consistency, flavor, and health benefits of your oats. There are dozens of brilliant and basic recipe variations in this super helpful Buzzfeed article.

I tried a few different online recipes, and came up with the perfect combination that works for me. I mix all the ingredient in a small tupperware container and leave them to chill overnight, then mix in topping in the morning. A quick, delicious, and totally filling start to the day!

My Overnight Oats Recipe

1/2 cup quaker old fashioned oats

1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt

2/3 cup vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of vanilla extract

1/2 banana

1-2 tablespoons peanut butter

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