I was intrigued by the idea of overnight oats for a long time, and then one day we finally tried them and have never looked back! You see, for years I’ve been sending warm oatmeal in thermos containers for my daughters’ snacks at school. Snack time usually occurs early in the morning and that’s after scarfing down what little breakfast they can manage before running out the door for school at 7am (the day starts early around here). So oatmeal on the go was the perfect solution, and my kids loved it. But then my 1st grader’s snack time got changed to the afternoon, so we were really pushing the 5 hour thermos warm food limit by continuing to send her oatmeal.
Enter Overnight Oats, our new perfect solution! But, I guess if I am being technical here we don’t actually make these oats overnight. We mix it up in the morning (still in an insulated thermos container) while the kids are eating their breakfast and then by snack time later that day (approximately 5 1/2 hours later), it’s ready to go. And since thermoses can keep cold food cold for longer (7 hours to be exact), it really is the new perfect solution for us. That’s why I am excited to share our favorite “Overnight” Oats combination with you today—the one my 1st grader has been eating (and loving) almost every single day so far this school year! Also, be sure to check out our other “Overnight Oats” blog post for more recipe ideas in addition to the one below.
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Before we get into the recipe though, I have to share a little something with you about one of the main ingredients in this recipe—cinnamon. Do you know how different freshly grated real cinnamon is from the standard store bought stuff? I honestly had no idea until our newest sponsor, Cinnamon Hill, sent me some samples to try. I must admit I was mighty skeptical about this whole concept, but I was quickly put in my place after doing a side-by-side comparison.
The freshly grated stuff was so incredibly cinnamony and fresh tasting! Like a burst of flavor that reminded me of hard core cinnamon gum. Then I tried the bottled stuff I normally buy, and, I hate to say it, it hardly even tasted like cinnamon at all to me. In fact, it tasted kind of bitter (and my husband agreed) after having just tried the fresh stuff. I simply couldn’t believe the difference!
Cinnamon Hill sells these high quality, hand crafted sets (that are light years above the standard “Made in China” stuff we are all seeing too much of lately) along with their freshly harvested cinnamon sticks, which include a date stamp showing when they were harvested. The packaging itself was even quite stylish, so I think this would really make a fabulous (and unique!) little gift for someone in your life who loves to cook and already seems to have it all. Maybe for Mother’s Day, perhaps? Cinnamon Hill’s vision is for their fresh cinnamon to be used as a condiment at the breakfast table, and I think you’ll agree it surely tastes good enough to provoke some fun experimentation!
Our Favorite Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup oats rolled
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon raisins (or more if you like more raisins)
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 pinches cinnamon
Mix together all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate for a minimum of 5 hours before eating. Alternatively mix in an insulated thermos container (left unrefrigerated) and wait no more than 7 hours before eating.