It’s true! Three years into the food blogging game and I’ve finally jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon. In fact, I first tried overnight oats less than a month ago and I think I have become a true believer.
Oats are quite healthy in any format, but there is good evidence to suggest that soaking overnight makes them more digestible (reducing phytic acid content) and boosts resistant starches (which result in less of an insulin spike). Plus they save time and I think they taste even better than traditionally cooked oats.
So today, I’d love to share one of my favorite overnight oats recipes that I’ve been experimenting with lately; “pecan pie” overnight oats. This one includes the typical rolled oats and almond milk, plus almond butter and vanilla for extra creaminess, chopped dates and pecans, all topped with some shredded coconut and cinnamon.
It would be blasphemous to even suggest that anything could ever overtake the chocolate peanut butter cup oatmeal as my favorite breakfast, but this one comes mighty close.
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Makes one big serving
- 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons almond butter
- 1 serving stevia
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 1-2 chopped medjool date(s)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
One reason I love overnight oats is because they’re incredibly simple: just throw everything in a 1-pint mason jar (or other similarly sized container with a lid), shake, and allow to sit overnight. Done! However, let’s go through this process step by step because these pecan pie oats do have a few specific instructions…
In the mason jar, first combine the wet ingredients: almond milk, almond butter, vanilla, and stevia. The almond butter adds a ton of creaminess, but it needs to be somewhat dissolved in the milk, for best results. To make that happen, seal the jar and shake until the butter is somewhat incorporated with the milk. Depending on the type of almond butter, you may need to slightly warm this mixture.
Next add in everything else: rolled oats, chopped pecans, chopped date(s), a few banana slices and the optional shredded coconut / cinnamon. Seal and Shake the jar until all the ingredients are fairly well-mixed into the liquid. Then, pop in the fridge and allow to chill overnight!
In the morning, you’ll wake up to a ready-made breakfast. So pick up a spoon and enjoy. I actually prefer overnight oats chilled, straight out of the fridge. However, they can also be heated using your favorite method (microwave, stovetop, etc.). If you’re feeling ambitious, top with a little more banana, coconut, and cinnamon.