Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways

February 2, 2017

Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well

I have two favors to ask of you today. The first is if you could kindly pardon my silence and not mistake it for lack of compassion when it comes to politics – my little heart can hardly handle everything taking place, and I tend to keep more private in this realm. The second favor is that if you have never given overnight oats a try, but have wanted to, that you might consider my method today – it’s been a favorite of mine for some time. The past few weeks for me have been ones of introspection and goal setting to hopefully return to my roots. Before leaving California to move to Colorado over two years ago, Scott and I lived in a tiny apartment that had been built on top of a sweet lady’s home here in Costa Mesa. It was quirky and simple, with a back staircase up to our front door. We would spend evenings sitting on the roof, watching the gold-ish pink sunsets, occasionally with dinner bowls in our hands. Before going in at night we would walk down to the backyard to our garden bed to say goodnight to all of our fruits and veggies. To give the strawberry a little pet, maybe run our hands down the tomato vines. We were connected to the “every day” and those sweet, fleeting moments.

The kitchen in this little place had windows on both sides, and when opened created the most inviting California breeze. In there you would find me sprouting nuts, straining milks, hanging herbs to dry, and sorting the heaps of produce constantly rotating on our counters (thanks to our garden and the local farmers). I would run long distance every morning, then serve at a restaurant mid-morning through the afternoon. I’d come home to park hangs and bicycle rides with Scott, and spend evenings doing the aforementioned. Early mornings and weekends were for garden upkeep. Pruning, watering, harvesting, etc. I juiced four days a week, creating my most favorite green juice concoction. I could’t go a day without a ruby pink grapefruit. My skin was glowing, my hair was long, my energy was present. There was constant adventuring and nights spent in our Jeep, exploring new places and expanding our inner “wild”.

We moved to Colorado one fall. Into a tiny apartment three floors up in the city. No more garden, no more warmth. The winter set in, my illness set in, my hair thinned, my teeth yellowed. Weight dropped off of me, and depression was real. I forgot what is was like to live in harmony with nature, and to see people face-to-face every day. Smiling at them, serving them food, delighting in new conversations. My days turned to sitting behind a screen, or crouched in a dark, windowless kitchen. My inner “Jessie” was in conflict with this new place, and I struggled through our year and a half as best I could. We were fortunate enough to move back to where we truly felt we were meant to be, the place that resonated with our souls. Here in Costa Mesa, southern California. I wept happy tears, I bought my produce, and felt the warm sun and ocean breeze, I saw my people, I hugged my man. The little things I took for granted everyday before, I now celebrated. And here, nine months later – I’m still celebrating them, and I’m still trying to return to my “roots”.

Healing from my illness came first, chopping off my thinned hair was next, and now rediscovering the ebb and flow of my real connection to food and people is what is going down in 2017. Being more frugal and at the same time, more generous. Getting outside and using my body, my now healthy body that is a complete miracle, and putting my hands to work doing things like growing, harvesting, pruning, volunteering, and overall – participating in this world and the people walking alongside me on this rock. I’m excited to see where this awareness takes us in this new season of our life living here. I’m even more so gitty about what it means I will get to share with you – and the heightened passion behind it all.

Today I share with you not a fancy rendition of what I wish I ate every day, but what I really enjoy sticking my spoon into in the morning on a more practical basis. Enter: the chocolate maca overnight oats you will read about below. I realized after having dozens of direct messages come through from you on Instagram regarding my go-to overnight oats recipe, I was lacking a post to refer you to (so silly). So I wrote down what I do, saw how boring it really was, and took the opportunity to developed five other overnight oats combos to bring you here today (and hopefully awaken the creativity in my morning routine). My trick for thick, fluffy, filling oats is the boiling water method you’ll read about in certain recipes below, alongside my trusty sprouted oats. I hope you enjoy these variations and methods too! It’s been humbling seeing so many of you creating my most recent recipe shares, your happiness is my happiness. My appreciation for you is running deep over here! Cheers to being the light, and shining bright. – xx

Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


BERRY LUCUMA OVERNIGHT OATS
Makes one serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
few dashes of ground cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons lucuma powder
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
instant cashew yogurt (recipe below)

Combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a 16 ounce jar. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle. Pour over the oats, stir with a fork, and set aside uncovered until the water has absorbed (about 20 minutes). Cover with an airtight lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, stir in the lucuma powder and maple syrup. Mash the blackberries in the bottom of a larger jar, and top with the lucuma overnight oats. Optional: top the oats with a spoonful of the instant cashew yogurt recipe below.

Instant Cashew Yogurt: in a high speed blender, combine 1 cup of cashews that have been soaked overnight and drained with 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 cup plain plant milk (or more to thin). Puree using a tamper until creamy and smooth. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge. Optional: blend the contents of 1 probiotic capsule into the cream for added health benefits. 


Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


CHOCOLATE MACA OVERNIGHT OATS
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
few dashes of ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a 16 ounce jar. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle. Pour over the oats, stir with a fork, and set aside uncovered until the water has absorbed (about 20 minutes). Cover with an airtight lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, add the raw cacao, vanilla protein powder, maca powder, and maple syrup to the jar and stir well to combine. I enjoy this plain, but feel free to swirl in a spoonful of your favorite nut butter or top with crunchy cacao nibs too.


Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


BANANA COFFEE OVERNIGHT OATS
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
few dashes of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup cold coffee
1/2 cup homemade plant milk (I used cashew hazelnut)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
banana slices

Combine the coffee, plant milk, and coconut oil in a blender and blend on low until the coconut oil is emulsified and frothy. Mix the oats, chia seeds, and flaxseed in a small jar. Pour the coffee milk over the oats and stir well with a fork to combine. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy the following morning with banana slices stirred into the oats.


Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


MANGO OVERNIGHT OATS W/ PASSIONFRUIT
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
3/4 cup plain plant milk
1/2 – 3/4 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 passionfruit

Combine the oats, chia seeds, and flaxseed in a jar. Add the plant milk and diced mango to a blender, along with the vanilla extract. Puree until smooth and creamy. Pour over the oats and mix well with a fork. Place in the refrigerator overnight, and enjoy in the morning with the flesh of a very ripe passionfruit swirled on top.


Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


MAPLE ROASTED BUTTERNUT OVERNIGHT OATS W/ CASHEW YOGURT
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
few dashes of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon maple (plus extra for the squash)
1/2 cup diced butternut squash
coconut oil
instant cashew yogurt (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Toss the cubed butternut squash with a drizzle of coconut oil and maple syrup (optional: few dashes of cinnamon too). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast in the oven, stirring halfway through, for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool and store in a container in the fridge.

Combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a 16 ounce jar. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle. Pour over the oats, stir with a fork, and set aside uncovered until the water has absorbed (about 20 minutes). Cover with an airtight lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, stir in the teaspoon of maple syrup to the oats. Top with a spoonful of instant cashew yogurt (recipe below) and the roasted butternut squash.

Instant Cashew Yogurt: in a high speed blender, combine 1 cup of cashews that have been soaked overnight and drained with 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 cup plain plant milk (or more to thin). Puree using a tamper until creamy and smooth. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge. Optional: blend the contents of 1 probiotic capsule into the cream for added health benefits. 


Everyday Overnight Oats: 6 Ways by Faring Well


REFRESHING MORINGA OVERNIGHT OATS
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup sprouted rolled oats
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon moringa powder
3/4 cup homemade plant milk (I used cashew)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
coconut shavings

Combine the plant milk, moringa powder, and coconut oil in a blender and blend on low to emulsify the coconut oil. Mix the oats, chia seeds, and flaxseed in a small jar. Poor the moringa milk over the oats and stir well with a fork to combine. Seal the jar, give it a good shake, and place in the fridge to set overnight. In the morning, enjoy as-is or top with coconut shavings.

34 Comments

  • Reply Karlie February 2, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Jessie! I just love your writing, you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your struggles and your joys. Also these recipes – all the heart eyes – I can’t wait to try them one by one. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Karlie! You are too sweet and I so appreciate you. I hope you love any of these that you try too! Lots of xxs and oos back at you.

  • Reply Ashley February 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    These all look incredible! BN squash in oats is epic. Tried it for the first time a few months ago. Thanks to all of your ideas, I want to live on oats for the rest of my life now! Thanks for sharing your simple, but beautiful & delicious creations =)

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Aw Ashley, thank you – I’m so happy to hear of another squash + oats fan too! Your kind comment is so appreciated here. Hope you are having a gorgeous week girl!

  • Reply Jessica February 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    You are incredible! These ALL look fantastic. I’m all about the berries and lucuma action going on, but that might be because I’m so similar to my daily oats (creature of habit here). However, I think I would like every single one of these, they all sound delicious. Also, I think you just might be the most creative, caring, and spirited person I know. I love reading your posts and getting to see you bop around southern CA. It always brigs a smile to my face. xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you so so much sweet Jess! I am so a creature of habit too, I’m on the chocolate and maca rotation every morning since last summer (!!!). And you are making me blush and shake my head at the rest of your comment girl, no way. I have a feeling we are just so kindred in our spirits, I cannot wait for an IRL hang in our futures!

  • Reply Roxanne February 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Jessie, these look INCREDIBLE. I can not wait to try! Will tell you how it goes in the AM cuz I plan on making one of these tonight to eat in the morning <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Roxanne you are the SWEETEST. I loved receiving your text the next day with the pic – that just made me smile so big friend. Glad you enjoyed one and I hope you get to try the chocolate one soon too! xx

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high February 2, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    there’s nothing quite like home, is there? glad to hear you’re taking care of yourself sweetie. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      There really, truly isn’t <3. Thank you lovely Michelle!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life February 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Reading your words is always such a treat, Jessie. I’m so happy to hear that you’re back to your roots, and aligned with your soul’s desires. There’s nothing like knowing that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. Everything feels more natural and easy, doesn’t it? It looks like this new positive state of mind is fuelling your creativity too. Gosh, these creations are all amazing. The maca and chocolate one will happen very soon in my kitchen. Happiest of weekends to you, sweet friend! xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Aw Sophie, thank you for taking the time to write me this. Everything does feel so natural now and I am so grateful to the moon and back for it all. I am also so grateful for you <3. I like how the chocolate one is calling to you too! It's my favorite ;).

  • Reply Courtney February 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Loving the simplicity and beauty in all of these. Can’t wait to try them all :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you sweet Courtney! I hope you love them as well <3.

  • Reply Emily February 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    The past weeks have been draining and I look to find refreshment in blogs like yours, so no worries about being quiet on the political end. :) I can hardly believe your mind for creativity- I mean, you must be exploding with new ideas everyday! The combinations you’ve laid our here for overnight oats all sound so scrumptious, really I don’t even know which to try first. They are so much more exciting than my usual overnight oats. Jessie, I love reading about the ways you’ve been growing and healing, and I hope that 2017 will be your best year ever. xo

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Aw Emily! Thank you! I really appreciate it, and am almost certain your morning oats are anything but boring ;). Thank you too for your love on my tales I tell here, you are the best and I hope the same for you this year too! xo

  • Reply steffi February 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

    hey jessie, these oatmeal variations all sound simply amazing! ever since i’ve been to the US i miss oatmeal like crazy, we don’t really do that here in europe. already working on my grocery list, will definitely make some of these next week, thanks so much for the recipes :) if you ever need new inspirations for more vegan recipe ideas, i’d love if you stop by at eatwholegreens.com to explore more vegan awesomeness!

    cheers, stäf | eatwholegreens.com

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you Steffi! I hope if you give any of them a go they are as scrumptious as you remember. xo

  • Reply lynn February 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Oh man, I welcome a post about overnight oats with BOTH ARMS WIDE OPEN. Thank you for this.

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      YAY. Same feels over here Lynn, love your excitement! :)

  • Reply Tuulia Talvio February 7, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Thank you Jessie for being an inspiration and showing that honesty in your words. I’ve got huge respect for you! Hope you’re doing well there in the warmth <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Tuulia, you are too sweet to me, thank you! I have such respect + admiration for you too girl.

  • Reply Brooke February 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I absolutely loved reading your beautiful description of what life in CM was, and now is again, for you, Jessie. It was magical. And to see how it is intertwined with your health, both mental and physical, says so much. I’ve always believed that there are certain places in the world that our souls are just meant to be, where we’ll thrive. Sounds like that’s what CM is for you, my dear.

    I was also insanely happy to learn I’m not the only one who talks to my vegetable plants! When we were in Portland I had a huge veggie garden and would do the same, stroke their leaves and tell them to grow strong in the evenings. Usually with a glass of wine and a giant smile on my face. And to be honest, I swear it helped–grew some of the absolute best tomatoes in that garden.

    Okay, now onto these oats. I can’t tell you how excited I am that you posted here because I think these will be the perfect start to many early sail mornings, when we need something hearty but don’t have time to cook. (It turns out sailors are all obsessed with good weather windows which means lots of pre-sunrise wake up calls for us!) I can’t wait to play around with your recipes here! <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Brooke, thank you so very much friend. You are amazing and I am so grateful for every word you shared with me here! Of course we would both talk to our plants ;) sheesh we need to hang more. And I say this as your heading off to sea for a year. I really hope that you like these oats if you give one (or two) a go! I would be so honored to contribute to your sailing breakys! xx

  • Reply Caroline February 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    So far I’ve tried the chocolate oats and butternut squash oats- both are out of this world!!! Can’t wait to try the others. I have only ever made overnight oats with plant milk, but I love the hot water way much more!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Oh my goodness Caroline! Making my day! So so happy <3.

  • Reply Carrie Lewis February 7, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Jessie!
    Thank you so very much for your refreshing read before the recipes. As I began reading I found myself looking forward to what you’d say next. I didn’t search for your recipies specifically as I was just “Pinning” for new breakfast ideas, however, I am fortunate to find yours. Keep up your unique way of expressing yourself.
    I am a fan.

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Aw Carrie, thank you, I’m so glad you stumbled upon my site too! Happy breakfasting to you – xo

  • Reply Gena February 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Jessie, it gives me so much joy to hear that you continue healing, day by day. In the past, I’ve expected healing from physical illness to take me back to where I was and who I was before I was sick. My perspective has shifted, and I have come to see the healing process not as a return, but a transformation. You leave who you were behind, which is painful, but your body grows into something new–hopefully with a different kind of strength and vitality. My wish for you is that you can embrace transformation in all of its ups and downs, starts and stops, knowing that you will grow and evolve along the way. And that you will always stay connected to those parts of you that are fundamental. This post is a lovely tribute to the process.

    Also, overnight oats! I ate them every. single. morning during my post-bacc, with different mix-ins. I haven’t made them in a long time, but I love them, and now I have six (!) new recipes to inspire me :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      It is such a wonderful transformation, you are so right Gena <3. Thank you for your sweet and uplifting words here, I just adore and appreciate you tons. So happy to contribute to any future oats inspiration for you too! I'm all about that grab and eat breakfast right when I wake up ;) the hunger is real! Stay warm this week over there girl, lots of cozy hugs - xoxo

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore February 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I’m so glad you are back in your happy place :) and man so you have a way with writing and melting your story into your posts and recipes. It’s hard moving and shifting your life into something you thought would be an epic adventure only to find out it makes you unhappy :( I’ve been making minimalist baker’s PB overnight oats in repeat and although I love them I’m also ready to try something else. I love that your first two use the same base then add mix ins in the morning! The coffee one sounds amazing too. Going to go prep the first two for work snacks to round out the week :) you’re the best!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Aw KJ, thank you! You are so kind and I really appreciate the love and encouragement. I am so glad you tried and enjoyed those two recipes too! I still cannot stop making the chocolate maca. I’ve been stirring in a tablespoon of cashew butter now too – yum! I hope you have a great week/weekend girl. xo

      • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore February 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm

        Made the chocolate maca one all week <3 Mixed in some date caramel and coconut one day for a kind girl scout samosa cookie flavor – SO good!

        • Reply Faring Well February 21, 2017 at 11:32 am

          Um, that sounds AMAZING, KJ <3

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