Cinnamon raisin overnight oats. The perfect way to start your day, no cooking required. This gluten free, vegan, low fat breakfast is a great breakfast option if you are always running late and can’t seem to find the time to make a healthy breakfast every day. I know it’s been my go-to for the past few weeks!
We have all heard the old saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and I couldn’t agree more . Gone are the days that I can go until noon before eating. But I’m also constantly running behind in the morning and prefer to not have to worry about what’s for breakfast during the week if I can help it. My breakfast is literally breaking the fast from the night before, so I want it to be as nutritious as possible. No Special K and milk here – oh no I want protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
Sure I love green smoothies with a scoop of protein powder as a way to get my greens and my protein in the morning, but sometimes I just want to chew my food! Plus sometimes I’m even running so late that a smoothie isn’t an option. I know I have issues!
Luckily I have overnight oats that come to my rescue!! These oats require no cooking and are just sitting in your fridge ready to be eaten whenever your heart desires! I add protein powder to my overnight oats, and like to use plant based protein. I can be a bit sensitive to whey, especially in the morning, and the last thing I want to do is start my day with an upset stomach!
As you can imagine, this food blogger quickly decided that plain old oats and protein powder weren’t going to cut it. Plus a girls got cravings. My craving lately – cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter and jelly. Sounds amazing right? Well it is! But it doesn’t leave me feeling full, and I end up overeating the rest of the day when I just have this. Plus where’s the protein? So, I decided to mimic the flavors in overnight oats! About Time Cinnamon VE protein powder (affiliate link), some raisins, and a tablespoon of pecans (or chunky peanut butter) for crunch and some much needed fat!
So how do overnight oats work you ask? Well you soak the oats and chia seeds in water and almond milk overnight. Did you know that chia seeds can absorb like 6 times their weight in water? Know why this is awesome? They are packed with fiber, and they help you feel full! Those water logged seeds really help fill me up! Don’t believe me? I only use ¼ cup of oats in this dish and I’m full till 2pm!
Chia seeds are also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. One serving of chia seeds has 6 gram so fiber, 3 grams protein, 2200 mg Omega-3, and 720 of Omega-6. This little seed clearly packs a nutritional punch!
To make overnight oats easily portable, I suggest that you make them in a mason jar! Mason jars are great since they are glass and easy to find. Plus you will look supercool eating out of a jar at work! Or you empty your jar into a bowl and eat like a grown up, but really, who wants to wash another dish?
You also probably want to invest in some chia seeds! Don’t fool yourself, these babies are addicting and can quickly change your outlook on food. I never buy jarred jelly anymore, I make my own jelly with chia seeds. Check out my blueberry jelly and my raspberry jelly! I love when I know the ingredients in my food and when I can say with confidence, it’s just berries, chia seeds and my sweetener of choice, you better believe that’s the route I’m taking!!
Overnight Oats: Cinnamon Raisin
- In a large mason jar, add oats and chia. Top with hot water and allow to sit for a minute. Add cinnamon and raisins.
- Add cashew (or coconut) milk and protein powder. Stir to combine.
- Allow to sit in fridge overnight.
- Check the next morning to ensure you like the consistency. If it's too runny, add more chia seeds (1/2 tsp), if it's too thick, add more cashew milk or coconut milk.
What about you?
- What is your favorite childhood breakfast?
- Toast or bagels?
- Cinnamon raisin or cinnamon rolls?