I tend to wait until I’m at school to have breakfast, so even though I wake up at 4:30 a.m., I don’t have anything to eat until about three hours later. But especially on days where I actually can stay home and enjoy my morning, I have a few quick and easy breakfasts I stick to. Lately one of my favorites has been overnight oats, particularly this one. I got this from the MyFitnessPal blog, posted by MyFitnessPal’s Recipes on Oct. 9, 2018.
- 1/2 cup (50g) Quaker Oats
- 1/2 cup (125ml) low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup (60ml) low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup (60g) chopped apple
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
You can use pretty much any type of apple you have on hand. I’ve used apples from Fuji to Gala, and there’s really no difference in the kind of apple you use; but be careful of how much you put in. I’ve found that just half an apple is enough to round out the recipe. The numbers I’ve posted above from the formula are per MFP’s recipe, but I usually just eyeball, hope for the best, and add to taste where otherwise required.
If you’re not a fan of oatmeal, you can add a few things to make it more interesting than just plain apples and oatmeal. I also add honey to the above, and a mix of cocoa and sugar to the cinnamon. Peanut butter also, of course, works with the apple and oatmeal combo.
This recipe usually takes a few hours to settle once in the fridge. I’ve found you really have to stir the apples and oats together. At some of my earlier tries making this, the oats in the bottom have still been dry, even despite the milk and yogurt I added. But the stirring and chopping are worth it. Sometimes I have days where I have to run out to catch the bus and forget to eat, but this is still great, even as a snack. And especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a good filler until all the good stuff is finally out! And hey, it might end up being the healthiest thing you eat that day, so there’s that to try, right?
Even if apples aren’t your thing, but for whatever reason you still want to try oatmeal via at least the overnight oats, any other fruit you have lying around works. I usually like to wait a few days from when I get my fruits, so they have a chance to get brown and soft. Then they’re a bit sweeter going into the oatmeal, but any time you want to try this you can just throw in what you got.
Also, it doesn’t matter what kind of milk or yogurt you have on you, and I’m sure if you don’t like one or the other, not adding it isn’t going to hurt the outcome of the oats. It really just makes it easier to stir, I believe. The chia seeds just give it a bit more of a protein and energy boost, so it doesn’t feel like only some dessert-for-breakfast-type breakfast, but they make for a pretty pattern if you can get the jar to settle just right!