It’s no secret that I love oatmeal. I eat it most days for breakfast. Sometimes I don’t have time to make it in the morning. Sometimes it’s warm out (still not yet here in the Northeast…but I hear some warmth is on the way and I like to be prepared…) and I’m not in the mood for warm oatmeal. However, I know that starting my day with a wholesome breakfast, that includes plenty of fiber and protein works well for me. This recipe for gingerbread overnight oats allows me to indulge in a healthy and super tasty breakfast, even when it’s warm and especially when I have no time.
The beauty of overnight oats is that you can do the work—-and these come together in no time—when you do have time, rather than when you’re rushing around in the morning. I also often make this overnight oatmeal parfait. Sometimes I make this recipe in a bowl. It’s a good choice when you know you’re going to be home to enjoy these gingerbread overnight oats. You can then just scoop out one serving into a bowl and add toppings. Most of the time, when I make this recipe, I divide the “batter” into individual serving jars so they’re ready to go. Literally. I use 8oz mason jelly jars, but any recycled jar you have will work well.
Oatmeal: A healthy choice.
Oats are a great choice for breakfast because they are incredibly nutritious. Oats are rich in fiber, loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. The soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Oats also contain more protein than most grains. Oatmeal is also very filling and therefore may help you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
Toppings are where the fun is!
Gingerbread overnight oats have a healthy balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and fats, but we like to add toppings like fruit and nuts which enhances that nutritional profile even more. My favorites are chopped pecans, chopped apples and cacao nibs. Together with the simple spices in the recipe these have the flavor of gingerbread cookies, and the delicious taste to get your day off to a sweet start!
Set yourself up for success by making these overnight oats and putting them in individual serving size jars. So simple to grab and go.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon nut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Mix almond milk, nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl. Use a fork to get the nut butter fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, chia seeds plus spices.
- Divide dry mixture evenly into two jars.
- Pour milk mixture evenly into jars. It will look like there isn’t enough room, but there is. As the milk is absorbed into the nooks and crannies between the oats, you will see bubbles rise and the liquid settle in.
- Place covered jars in the fridge overnight (or minimum of 2 hours).
- Top with chopped nuts or fruit and enjoy.
Optional: add a pinch of sea salt in with the spices.
Raisins, chopped pecans, chopped apples, cacao nibs.....
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g
The nutrition calculations were done using online tools. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients you used. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information is accurate, complete and useful.