An experiment. I’ve seen other bloggers raving about Overnight Oats, but I’d been putting off making them, despite my curiosity. I’ll try almost anything for lunch or dinner, but I tend to stick to reliable breakfasts that I know will keep me full until lunch. So I decided to do a test-drive version by making what I’ll call “Overtime Oats.”

I had jury duty today (and I have to go tomorrow too), but luckily we got let out really early, so I was able to come home to eat lunch. I had a lot of work ahead of me plus a little gym time (I needed an excuse to read Glamour), so I figured a good snack would be needed later in the day. I was right! It was good to have this at the ready when my stomach started growling a few hours later. It’s ugly, but really good. I’m a fan.

Into a bowl went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup kefir
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 a medium banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

I covered the bowl and let it sick* for a few hours in the fridge. I have to admit, I was dubious, but I can totally see the appeal now! The oats and chia seeds soaked up the moisture wonderfully and the banana added a lot of sweetness. Were I to make this for breakfast (aka—legit overnight oats), I’d probably use a little less kefir and sub in a bit of milk. I’d also add some nut butter and more sliced fruit on top before serving in the a.m.

*”sick” meaning “sit,” of course—did I mention I picked the wrong week to cut back on caffeine?

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