Passover is almost upon us! Quick, make yourself some chocolate macaroon overnight oatmeal while you still can!
Then during Passover, fill up on ACTUAL chocolate macaroons.
I think I have not done an adequate job of portraying my love of oatmeal on memo2munch, and I am deeply ashamed.
Cuz I LOVE me some oatmeal. I have it almost every morning. Heck, we even bake it and serve it for brunch!
There are multiple reasons why I make myself oatmeal for breakfast on the reg. First and foremost are the health benefits. Of course. (Soluble fiber for the win!)
Next is that it has a reputation for coming together quickly. Just pop some oats and water in a bowl and microwave it! SEW EASY.
The problem is, though, there are so many toppings that I want to put on my oatmeal that it ends up being a pretty not quick process. (Read: maple syrup, coconut milk, bananas, raisins, fresh/frozen berries, nuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon…)
But I can’t give any toppings up because that’s one of the other reasons I love oatmeal. So. Versatile. <3
That’s where overnight oats come in. If you’re topping-crazy like yours truly, you’re gonna love this. You mix your oatmeal ingredients together the night before you want them (minus the fresh/frozen fruit and nuts) and sit it in the fridge overnight. Then you heat it up in the morning or leave it cold, top it with the finishing touches, and VOILA. Breakfast is served.
The magic ingredient here is chia seeds. When mixed with water, they gelatinize and give you that nice, freshly-cooked-oatmeal texture. I promise you can’t taste them, and they add MEGA protein, fiber, and omega-3’s.
- 1/3 c. rolled oats (certified GF if needed)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 2/3 c. coconut milk
- 2-3 tsp. maple syrup
- sliced bananas
- frozen berries*
- cacao nibs
- The night before: Mix all ingredients for oats together in a plastic container until fully combined. Cover with lid and keep in fridge overnight.
- In the morning: Remove container from fridge and transfer oats to a bowl (microwave safe, if planning to warm oats). Microwave for 1 minute if you want it warm, then top with bananas, berries, and cacao nibs as desired.
- *When berries are out of season, don't hesitate to buy frozen! They're frozen when they're ripe, so they'll taste much sweeter than the greenhouse-ripened "fresh" fruit in supermarkets during the winter, and their nutrition specs remain the same.