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Have you seen all the recipes on Facebook and Pinterest for overnight oats? Have you been scared to try them because cold oatmeal sounds like gruel being slopped on your plate for breakfast (or is that just me)? I have seen recipes for overnight oats for several months and finally got up the nerve to try one of them out. The first recipe I tried was the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight oats from the blog, Organize Yourself Skinny (http://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/06/15/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-overnight-oats/). They were super easy to make and so yummy! I did not heat them before eating, just had them straight out of the mason jar, and the oats being cold did not bother me one bit. I love making enough for several days (they last for 3 days in the refrigerator).
A time saving tip is to make a batch while you are cooking dinner. Then, you only have to mess up your kitchen once and you can do all of the kitchen clean up and dishes at the same time. In the morning you will thank me because when you wake up, a healthy, filling breakfast will be waiting for you. All you need to do is take out of the refrigerator and stir!
My favorite coffee flavor is caramel so I decided to tweak the chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats recipe so that it was a Caramel Mocha Overnight Oats recipe. Here is how I did it:
First I measured out all the ingredients in small glass bowls.
I love using these bowls because when I measure everything out before I start cooking, I know that I have all of the ingredients I might need. I can also measure out everything at once instead of stopping and starting the entire time I’m cooking. Get them here:Anchor Hocking 6-Ounce Custard Cups, Set of 4
If you need 8oz. mason jars, you can purchase them here: Ball Canning Regular Mouth Half Pint Canning Jar 8 oz. 12-Count
Next, I mixed together the almond milk, cocoa and coffee in the mason jar.
Then, I mixed in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and caramel extract. I felt like I wanted it a little sweeter so I also put in a teaspoon of Truvia.
The last step was to carefully mix in the rolled oats. They look like they won’t fit, but they do.
Here is the finished product! It was delicious!
Caramel Mocha Overnight Oats
- 1 pint (8 oz). mason jar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. Truvia
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. caramel extract
- 2 Tbsp. coffee
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- In the mason jar, mix together almond milk, cocoa and coffee.
- Then, mix in maple syrup, vanilla and caramel extract.
- Stir in Truvia and rolled oats.
- Place lid on jar and store overnight in refrigerator (8 hours)
- Stir before eating.
What are some of your favorite overnight oats recipes?