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My favorite ​overnight oats recipe

After trying some oats recipes with quick oats and steel-cut oats, I came across overnight oats. I already had rolled oats with me which is the main ingredient of the recipe though I had not used those rolled oats before this. So, it was a good opportunity to use these oats in the overnight oats recipe. After a good search, I came across this Overnight Oats recipe.

When I read the recipe, I tried to ensure that I have all the ingredients available. Or at least all the ingredients are available locally. The recipe has 8 variants. I figured it out that I can easily make at least two variants: Classic Vanilla Overnight Oats and Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. I tried Classic Vanilla Overnight Oats first and after successful and amazing experience I also tried Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. It was even better than the previous one. I am interested to try all other variants as well but did not put any efforts towards it. Two of the variants need softened cream cheese. Cream cheese is not easily available in my city Bhubaneswar. Once I found it at a store but it was very costly. So, I am not trying those variants. One variant needs plain pumpkin puree. I guess pumpkin puree is not easily available in India. So, I will skip this too. For the other three variants, I need to buy some ingredients and I am a little lazy for that.

The best thing about the overnight oats is that you can make it in the evening or night and you don’t need to do anything in the morning apart from eating it. So, if you always have a busy morning, having overnight oats won’t let you skip your breakfast. I don’t need to tell you how healthy it is. It’s filled with dietary fibres, complex carbohydrates, good fats and protein. If you make the variants which use good fresh fruits, then you get more vitamins and more dietary fibres. It is important to have a good breakfast in the morning. And a serving of overnight oats is a complete breakfast. The quantity of Classic Vanilla Overnight Oats is around 300 ml. The quantity of Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats is around 350 ml. This is enough for most to keep you full for 3-4 hours, enough time between breakfast and lunch. You can also add a couple of eggs as you prefer to your breakfast to add more protein and keep you full even longer. Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats even has more fibre and protein as compared Classic Vanilla Overnight Oats and it even keeps you full longer as it is more in quantity. My favourite among these two is Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.

Another good thing is that you can make multiple batches of overnight oats at once and eat it for a week. Saves a lot of time and helps you in your meal prep.

You don’t need to strictly follow the recipes. You can be a little creative and add things which you like and can go well. For example, I sometimes add fruits like bananas, apple, grapes etc., dry fruits like raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts etc. to the oats and enjoy it.

I think it will be easy you if I will link to all the products and ingredients I use so that you can easily buy most the ingredients sitting at home and enjoy your overnight oats.

You can store your overnight oats in any glass jar or any good reusable plastic container. But I love these borosilicate glass jars. It’s large enough to mix all the ingredients in this jar itself and store.

Rolled oats:
True Elements Rolled Oats 1kg pouch – https://amzn.to/2oHEGFO
True Elements Rolled Oats 1.2kg jar – https://amzn.to/2pkVNgQ

Chia seeds or Flaxseeds:
True Elements Raw Chia Seeds, 500g – https://amzn.to/2OVvrgd
24 Mantra Organic Flax Seeds, 200g (Pack of 4) – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07B18Z58D/
You can use either one of these or both as per your choice.

Vanilla extract:
Ossoro French Vanilla Flavour, 30 ml – https://amzn.to/31hVHUq
If you are using this product, then use 1/4 tsp instead of 1/2 tsp as it is highly concentrated. You may increase or decrease the quantity as per your preference.

Honey and Maple Syrup:
Dabur Honey Squeezy Pack 400g (easy to pour) – https://amzn.to/2VNb7if
Apis Himalaya Honey, 500g – https://amzn.to/2Bbp7ZK
MacDonald’s Maple Syrup, 370 ml – https://amzn.to/32hApHD
Maple Joe Canadian Grade A Maple Syrup, 250g – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00B5SLEN8/

Peanut Butter:
Buy unsweetened peanut butter.
Pintola All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 1Kg  – https://amzn.to/2OOxm63
Alpino Natural Peanut Butter Smooth 1Kg (Unsweetened) – https://amzn.to/2OPkix7
The Butternut Co. Peanut Butter Unsweetened Creamy Jar, 1 kg – https://amzn.to/2qhXiNh
DiSano All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy, Unsweetened 1 kg – https://amzn.to/2qi5kpv
You can also use organic or crunchy (organic) versions as well.

Unsweetened cocoa powder:
Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, 225g – https://amzn.to/2MjAncV

Measuring Cups and Spoons
Bulfyss Popular Combo – 8Pcs Black Measuring Cups and Spoons Set, Silicone Series Spatula and Brush Set – https://amzn.to/2J4MpEY

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