Years ago, I went through an overnight oats obsession. I loved how easy the preparation was and how versatile they could be. To be honest, I am more of a fan of the warm and cozy bowl of oatmeal so it’s been quite some time since I’ve enjoyed some quick and cold overnight oats. However, the option came to me in a haze one evening and I jumped right on it. As a full term pregnant mama to a toddler in the summer heat, it was truthfully the answer to many prayers and has since been on repeat.
This recipe is absolutely effortless. It’s healthy and includes some vegetable action that nobody will ever notice. To prepare this meal, simply shake all the ingredients together in a mason jar or glass container. Overnight, both the chia seeds and the oats will absorb your milk of choice, creating a hearty and thick serving of nourishing oats. All that’s left to be done in the morning is to open the jar, add any last ingredients if you wish, and dig in. The garnish ideas are endless here. Hemp hearts, raisins, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, extra fresh fruit, nuts and seeds would all make great additions and boost that nutritional profile even more so.
I have actually prepared some mason jars of the dried goods for easy family breakfasts during my fourth trimester. I’ll just add my milk and fruit/vegetable of choice the day before we plan to eat this magical meal. This is a great new mama hack as we all know time is of the essence. Oats are also wonderful for stimulating milk production and helping the milk flow of breastfeeding mothers. All in all, it’s a summer hit.
Zucchini Banana Bread Overnight Oats
½ cup whole rolled oats (not instant)
½ Tbsp. chia seeds
¼ Tsp. ground cinnamon
1 banana, either mashed or sliced
¼ cup grated zucchini
¾ cup milk of choice (I used cashew)
½ Tbsp. maple syrup
1. In a mason jar, combine all ingredients and shake or stir to ensure the oats are fully immersed in the milk.
2. Place in the fridge overnight and let the magic happen.
3. The next morning, open your jar and add any extra garnish if you wish, dig in, and enjoy!
CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”