What’s better than breakfast ready to go for you in the morning when you’re short on time? Especially something that tastes more like dessert and is packed with protein. These easy vanilla protein overnight oats are a simple go-to for busy weeks!
It’s been rather busy around here since we’ve been home. This nesting thing is something I just can’t shake. In other words, anyone want to volunteer to come over and sort through my kids’ toys? Their bedrooms are at that stage of needing a thorough clean-out and purge. Besides that though, we’re finalizing some touches at the studio and can’t wait for our Brand Image Sessions this weekend!! We’ve got a few fun DIY projects up our sleeve that will be coming out soon, AND I still get to tell you all about our few days in Pigeon Forge (a great are for a fun family pitstop or vacation!). But you know what? Life get’s hectic.
Whether you have kids or not, there will be busy days… and weeks. Instead of heading for a drive through or noshing on something from a vending machine because you didn’t have time to make food, just a little prep will keep your body fueled and ready to go. And seriously, this takes just a little prep. Meaning, when my eyes are already half closed and the kids are finally asleep and I’m headed for my pillows, I can stop in the kitchen and just throw a few things in a jar (or lided container) shake and put in the fridge. These overnight oats are great for those lazy mornings too when even making a smoothie seems like a lot of work (I totally have those days, am I the only one?). Have some in the fridge and you can grab on your way out the door.
So, really, it takes less than a minute on your way to bed to be prepared, and will curb those bad morning cravings too.
Another plus? We’ve got some protein in there. And these aren’t your regular oats, it’s like eating a dessert. The combination of vanilla and cinnamon is SO good and with a splash of almond milk, the flavor really is simple and sweet. Okay, ’nuff said, you’ll just have to try this one for yourself.
The great thing about any base of overnight oats, is that the dish is completely customizable. I love adding in toppings, like a spoonful of nut butter, some sliced fruit, even chia seeds, cacao nibs or nuts. The list can go on and on.
- ½ cup oats (old fashioned or quick-cooking)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup almond milk (any type, unsweetened, sweet, vanilla)
- Mix all ingredients in a jar or container with a lid, and stir or shake well to combine all the ingredients.
- Place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Top with fruit, nuts or other toppings in the morning (optional.)
So tell me, what’s your go-to meal when you’re running short on time or feeling lazy in the morning?
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