Once And For All

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!