Once And For All

by jenna on November 20, 2009

Gooooood morning!

And happy friday!

I’m feeling a lot better this morning after a solid eight hours of sleep, cuddled up next to Dexter. 🙂

Breakfast was overnight oats:


I think I get more emails about my overnight oats than anything else (except for maybe relationship advice, but that’s a different story). Anyways, to set the record totally straight, here’s what I do.

  1. the night before, combine 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute. Set in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, stir in almond butter, 1/2 cup yogurt, cinnamon, maple syrup and sliced banana.
  3. Eat.

See? Incredibly simple yet very rewarding. Probably one of my favorite breakfasts ever and I love how much protein there is in it because of the yogurt.


Originally I was going to go to a spinning class this morning but I’ve sat in my bed and chatted on the phone with a friend for the past hour so I’ve sort of missed the boat on that. 😉 However, I still am going to go to the gym now and just do some cardio on my own before work.

Have a great Friday–see you tonight!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 20, 2009 at 8:11 am

I just can’t get into overnight oats! I don’t want something that cold unless its a smoothie. 🙂


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 20, 2009 at 8:12 am

I made overnight oats with yogurt once, and it was just odd. Your method sounds better, I’ll have to give it a try!


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

I’m adddicted to ON oats. But I put my yogurt in the night before, too–do you think this changes anything?

I’ll try it your way next time 🙂


Carolyn November 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

I’ll have to try the overnight oats. Does it work with Steel Cut oats? Do you heat it up in the morning?


Brynn November 20, 2009 at 8:22 am

I once asked you about overnight oats and somehow I missed the yogurt part. They really aren’t good without it. Very mushy and gross. This is the only breakfast I eat now and I don’t know when this phase is going to end! Nothing else ever sounds as good.


MMiller November 20, 2009 at 8:23 am

I have made your overnight oats a few times, but I pop it in the microwave and warm it before adding the almond butter and yogurt! And a splash of agave! I bought pumpkin butter to try that now too!


megan November 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

Unfortunately I’m not an overnight oats fan. I prefer them hot and with something crunchy added, like an apple. I am just not a fan of mushy foods. I wish I liked them – they sound so convenient!


Leianna November 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

I need to make those overnight oats, they sound so easy, yet I would still probably mess something up!


Ameena November 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

I still have to try this recipe. Looks so good but I can’t seem to remember to plan breakfast the night before.


Leah November 20, 2009 at 8:41 am

Im in LOVE with overnight oats!! Im so glad you gave me this idea, I hardly ever have time to make oatmeal in the morning, but its my favorite breakfast! Your overnight oats have saved my mornings!!


Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

So glad you and Dexter are back together 🙂

I still haven’t tried overnight oats, what is wrong with me? I will next week. If I can drink green monsters in the cold, I can do anything!


Marissa November 20, 2009 at 8:43 am

I’ve never tried doing oats over night! Sounds good!


MelissaNibbles November 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

I like using cottage cheese instead of yogurt. Even more protein!


lindsay November 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

Lovely overnight oats tutorial 🙂
Have a great Friday Jenna!


Jil November 20, 2009 at 9:04 am

Love the overnight oats! and yay for good nights of sleep! plus, snuggling with a cuddly pet is the cure for everything.


Evan Thomas November 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

TGIF. have a great Friday!


maggie November 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

Yum! I too believe that there is a method to perfect oats 🙂




Megan (BitesoftheApple) November 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

Awww..Dexter is staying?!!

Also, did you see thsi article that beet juice has an “almost miraculous” effect on oxygen consumption?!

I was wondering if you’ve ever tried any beet juice you didn’t make yourself?? I’m training for a marathon and I don’t have a juicer…but how could i say no to miracle effects of the juice?!


justrun November 20, 2009 at 9:30 am

Aw, I’ll bet having your cat there helps a lot! There’s something about having another living being around that makes a home feel richer.

People seriously send you relationship advice? Wow.


Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 20, 2009 at 9:54 am

I’ve tried overnight oats and found I like the texture so much better than oats made the traditional way! So easy, too!

Glad you’re feeling better 🙂


sara84 November 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

I also addicted to overnight oats… they are great for the mornings when I workout and don’t feel like having a hot bowl of oatmeal… I soak them in 1/2 cup of soymilk and with the yogurt the next day they turn out really creamy… YUMMY!! Thanks for the idea Jenna


Sarah (Oc2Seattle) November 20, 2009 at 10:19 am

Realtionship advice, seriously? Huh.


Mary (Food Fit & FUn) November 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

I am right there with ya on the overnight oats. I haven’t had them in a while! I’ve been eating lots of hot oats. Maybe tomorrow!


Mary (Food Fit & Fun) November 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

I hear ya on the overnight oats! I haven’t had them in a while! Lately, I’ve been having lots of hot oats. Maybe tomorrow! They are SO good!


Jenna November 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

love your overnight oats! i have tried them once and loved them 🙂


Karla November 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

I skipped spinning this morning too! Extra sleep was great and my work out on my own was fantastic!


Matt November 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

I like the idea of the over night oats and may give it a try. I really like my oats hot though and it will be tough to beat. It’s winter now and I love coming in from my run to a hot bowl of peanut butter oatmeal 🙂


brandi November 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

great method – I do the same, except I mix the yogurt in overnight, too.

So good!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

just tried overnight oats recently and LOVED them!


Kristen November 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

Being a stay at home mom this breakfast has literally saved my mornings! My breakfast is already done so all I have to do is get the kiddos done. I also mix the yogurt in at night and I use water instead of milk. It still tastes great! I also do a tablespoon of flax seeds. I’m one for routine so I don’t mind eating the same thing all the time. Yours always looks so much better than mine though!


Lu November 20, 2009 at 11:05 am

Do you ever warm up your ON oats? I’m just curious.


Tania @ Moment Anew November 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I looooove stirring cold yogurt into my cooked oats–it gives it such a creamy texture. I am definitely going to try the overnight oats, I’m hoping I like it 🙂


vegfiguresk8er November 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I want to try and make some overnight oats 🙂 it’s just my apartment is sooo cold it’s been nice having a warm breakfast


Kasey (Fit For Wellness) November 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Ok with all this talk of overnight oats, I have to try them asap!


Light Delight with TouTou November 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Ohhh, I guess the oats soaks up all the goodies from milk 🙂 Gotta give it a try!


Katie November 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Aww don’t pets help you break out of a funk? I wish I liked oats you make it look so delicious!

And chats with friends totally trumps spin 😉


Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I have to try this, sounds right up my alley….


Tamzin November 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I tried this but can’t eat oats as I’m gluten intolerant and it totally didn’t work : ( any ideas? x x


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I think good conversations with old friends are a better (emotional) workout and easily trump spin class. C’est la vie!


Christina MINDFUL LIVING November 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm

today i called my sister and she said i think im going to make overnight oats tonight…. i saw jenna had them today and it made me start to crave them hahahaha and now i too am craving them!!! but i think I am going for pumpkin overnight oats…not sure yet! nothing beats it though… its so nice and creamy 🙂


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Cat cuddling makes everything better 🙂
I need to try those overnight oats….they have a version of that at the Corner Bakery that I was obsessed with for a while. Yum.


Paula November 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

overnight oats… I shall try very soon. So many different ways my goodness…


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Overnight oats have become one of my go-to breakfasts, they’re so good and quick to make. I love how much protein they have in them, and they keep me feeling super full 🙂


Krissy - Single Serving November 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I feel like I’m missing out on this oatmeal thing – but I’ve really never been a fan – overnight or otherwise. Maybe soon I’ll give it another shot. I love oatmeal cookies…and with all the mix ins you can do I’m sure I’ll like the taste. It’s a texture thing for me I’m afraid.


Whole Body Love November 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Your overnight oat recipe is the first I ever tried…I was hooked!


Whole Body Love November 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Your overnight oat recipe is the first I ever tried…I was hooked!


Amanda@thegrainsofparadise November 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

Looks like a great way to eat oats in warm Hawaii:-) Amanda


Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl November 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I have to admit, Jenna, those overnight oats I’ve read about all across the blogosphere have seemed so gross to me. I mean, cold oats? Boy, was I WRONG! I made a bowl last night and the first bite this morning was PURE BLISS! They are soooooooooooo delicious!! I’ve been missing out all this time!!!

When I read this post and you said “this is probably one of my favorite breakfasts ever” I knew I had to just go for it.

And now I can’t wait to eat ’em again!



Shelley November 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

i really want to try overnight oats! i feel like they are the perfect/easy thing for the dorm room but i am nervous on how they would turn out!



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