This overnight oats recipe is packed with flavor and nutrients like protein and fiber. Bonus: It’s super easy to make and ready to go when you wake up.
Overnight oats are a breakfast lover’s dream. Not only is breakfast ready and waiting for you when you wake up, but you can basically make any recipe combination your heart desires. These could not get any easier, and are full of fiber, healthy fats and collagen protein (and flavor!). We went for an almond cookie flavor for this overnight oats recipe.
Oats are a wonderful way to get your daily amount of fiber. Oats and oatmeal help support healthy digestion because of their ability to increase viscosity in the food we digest. Viscosity is another term for thickness when referring to food. The more viscosity, the thicker the food or liquid, and the slower our digestive tract is able to process it. This has been shown to have a healthy effect on blood sugar levels (1). Consumption of oats has been associated with feeling fuller or more satiated after meals, as well as having a healthy metabolism (2).
The beauty of an overnight oats recipe is its simplicity and versatility. However you enjoy your oatmeal, you can make your overnight oats. Instead of boiling water and cooking the oats in a pot, you simply stir the oats into the desired liquid of choice and place in the refrigerator overnight. It’s really that easy! The oats absorb much of the liquid while setting in the refrigerator, and have the same consistency as oats that are cooked in a pot over heat. Oats are full of soluble fiber, which takes in and holds lots of water. The soluble fiber helps the oats retain their shape and texture without getting too mushy, and is also key in the increasing the viscosity of the contents in our digestive tract.
These almond cookie overnight oats are set apart from other overnight oat recipes out there. The key to achieving this flavor profile is not only using almond butter in the oat mixture, but adding in a dash of almond extract as well. Almond extract adds a depth of flavor with almost a cherry-like taste. You can certainly use amaretto liqueur, which is not as strong of a flavor as pure almond extract.
Another plus for this overnight oats recipe is the collagen protein added to it. Collagen Peptides are a perfect addition to the almond cookie flavor, since they are flavorless and mix right in. No better way to start your morning than with fiber and collagen in your breakfast and ready to walk out the door when you are.
- ⅓ C gluten-free rolled oats
- ½ C coconut or almond milk
- 1 T almond butter
- ⅛ t almond extract
- 1-2 scoops Collagen Peptides
- Fresh raspberries
- Almond butter
- Sliced almonds
- Maple syrup
- Chocolate chips
- In a jar or cup, stir together oats, coconut milk, almond butter, almond extract and Collagen Peptides.
- Place in refrigerator to set overnight.
- When ready to eat, remove refrigerator and top with raspberries, additional almond butter, sliced almonds, maple syrup and dark chocolate chips, if desired.
- Serve immediately.
(2) Fulgoni VL, Chu YF, O’Shea M, et al. Oatmeal consumption is associated with better diet quality and lower body mass index in adults: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2001-2010. Nutrition Research, Volume 35, Issue 12, December 2015, Pages 1052-1059.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26494025
Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.