This is a variation on the original overnight oats recipe I posted when Minimal Wellness went live. Overnight oats lend themselves perfectly to tweaking and random flavor whims, so don’t be afraid to play around with ingredient combinations. As it gets cooler here in Montana, I wanted a slightly more indulgent version. So, I swapped the frozen blueberries for fresh strawberries and added in cacao nibs and a small amount of maple syrup.
Cacao nibs are small dried but unprocessed chunks of cacao bean meat. The Cacao bean meat is what is processed into chocolate, but during processing, many of the health benefits of cacao are removed while sugar is added. Consuming small amounts of cacao nibs is an excellent way to get in very potent antioxidants as well as mood-enhancing magnesium, sulfur, and iron. This version of overnight oats is decadently delicious and with the greek-style kefir, it’s high in protein. The protein combined with the healthy fats and 15g of fiber (more than half the recommended intake for adults), will easily energize and satisfy you until lunch.
- ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup greek-style kefir (higher protein than traditional kefir)
- 2 Tbl unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (this is a milk substitute and can usually be found in the refrigerated milk alternative section, it is not the canned coconut milk you find in the grocery isle. You could also use plain milk, or any nut milk)
- 1 Tbl chia seeds
- 1 Tbl cacao nibs
- 1 Tbl shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 Tbl maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup fresh strawberries
- Place all ingredients except strawberries into a mason jar or other pint-sized jar with a lid.
- Put the lid on and shake to mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Place jar into the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, put the oats into a bowl and top with sliced strawberries.
*Not all calories are equal.