Dessert for Breakfast? My love for Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Friday, March 13, 2015

With Russell on the road traveling during the week, life is hectic!  Juggling getting myself and Ryan up and ready for daycare and work leaves me little time to make a wholesome breakfast for myself.  Lets be real, I am one who MUST GET 7-8 hours of sleep every single night to function semi-normally, so me getting up very early to make a great breakfast just ain't happening.

Daycare provides breakfast for Ryan, so that helps me a ton, but what about myself?  A couple months ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for overnight oats that has changed my life!  Overnight oats calls for making your breakfast the night before and letting it set in the refrigerator.  Now I know what you are thinking... cold oatmeal?  I am definitely a lover of a warm bowl of oatmeal so the idea of cold oatmeal was something for me to get used to.  BUT, when I stumbled across the recipe for Cookie Dough Overnight Oats from Sara @ Fresh Fit N Healthy, I decided to give it a go and it did not disappoint.  

The ingredients are simple, and you add protein powder to it as well, so this really does fill you up.  Best news of all is that it tastes soooo close to real cookie dough so it's like eating dessert for breakfast!  (The inner kid in me is jumping for joy.)  The recipe is actually enough to make 2 bowls of it and it keeps great in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, so you can just take 5 minutes of your evening to make 2 days worth of breakfast = SCORE!

I changed the recipe just slightly from the original in this post, but here you go:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
by Sherri Schwartz
Prep Time: 5min
Cook Time: 3hr
Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 1c. of oatmeal (I use the Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oatmeal)
  • 1c. Almond milk (You can use any milk, but switching to almond milk lowers the fat and calorie content. I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 1tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 banana mashed (I use my ninja food processor to make it nice and smooth, but a fork mashing would do just fine)
  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I use True Athlete's Natural Whey Protein)
  • a dash of salt
After mashing your banana, combine all ingredients and split into 2 containers. Let it sit overnight before eating. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. If you want to have some in the evening (because it tastes that yummy) just make sure it is in the fridge at least 3 hours before eating. Letting it sit thickens it up and enhances the flavor.
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Since my discovery of this recipe, I have literally had this for breakfast every day since I stumbled on it.  It takes 5 minutes to make the night before and its the perfect grab-n-go to eat at work at my desk.  (Or scarf down before you head out the door.)

Hope you enjoy!