If you were to ask anyone around me if I was a morning person there would be a resounding NO. I’m not the type to sleep in but when I wake up I’m usually sluggish and dragging my feet to get ready for work. I like to make my mornings as easy as possible and preparing my breakfast the night before really helps with that. I find that being able to quickly grab my breakfast from the refrigerator in the morning as I’m heading out the door means that I’m more likely to eat a healthy breakfast and skip the doughnut.
I love to have a collection of single-serving mason jars on hand when I’m preparing my overnight breakfasts. You can easily layer yogurt parfaits and fruits in mason jars and tightly close the lid until the morning. One of the newest trends that I have been seeing is overnight oats. And yes, there are oats involved but there are a lot of other high protein and fiber additions that make this the perfect power breakfast.
I decided to try my hand at making easy overnight oats and decided to throw a tropical spin on them. Because honestly, who doesn’t love a breakfast topped off with mango, pineapple and coconut. It will make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean vacation even if you’re eating it while at your desk. The key to the overnight oats breakfast is making sure that everything is completely blended together so that you don’t end up with any chunks and use enough liquid so that you don’t end up with crunchy oats or chia seeds.
If you haven’t tried your hand at overnight oats I highly encourage you to start with this recipe. The yogurt and chia seeds add a lot of protein and the oats will add enough carbohydrates and fiber to keep you feeling full until lunch. Enjoy!
Tropical Overnight Oats
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup plain Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup diced, fresh pineapple, mango and papaya
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
Combine the oats, yogurt, chia seeds, almond milk, salt and cinnamon in a bowl or Mason jar and mix well to coat all of the ingredients. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Before eating, top the oats with the fruit, coconut and almonds and enjoy!