Nov 10

How to make overnight oats.

I know, I know!!!! You probably already know how…but there’s a pie crust on the bottom!

How to make overnight oats | Yeah...immaeatthat

One of my most pinned recipes (terrible pictures and all) is this overnight oats recipe.

Overnight oats have a warm place in my heart.

1) Because they’re cold. I (read: my stomach) tends to like cold things over hot things in the morning.

2) Because overnight oats were the first food I tried when I started a healthier lifestyle.

It’s hard to pinpoint the tipping point for adopting a different approach to eating. I think it’s usually a whole bunch of new habits that develop over a a period of time.  Then all of the sudden you realize, “I eat differently now.”  No longer do I binge on raisinets and goldfish.  The urge and desire may be there, but you’re bigger than it.  Along this path to eat differently, you realize you feel better because you are eating better.  No longer are you eating to fill a void or because of mindless munchies or because of that test/work you have next week that you totally “just can’t even” about.

How to make overnight oats

For me, at some point I started approaching food in an all-or-nothing sort of way.  Food was either all good or all bad.  Growing up, food was always something to celebrate in our house, something to enjoy, and in my opinion, we ate well.   I grew up picking vegetables from the garden on the side of our house, weekly homemade dinners, occasional Mexican food outings, spoonfuls of cookie dough from my grandma and so much salmon (my dad LOVES salmon). 

But somewhere along the way, because of the pressures of high school & college/a parent getting sick/feeling that you just don’t fit anywhere, food became a way to control the ugliness in life.  At the time, it was easier to use food to deal with my feeling rather than actually dealing with my feelings.  And along the way I lost touch with how to enjoy food.  I loved eating, but hated eating, but was just so confused why I couldn’t enjoy food. 

If you’ve ever struggled with any kind of disordered eating, you may relate.  That’s why posts like these really hit home….because I know how it feels.  Or now, I know how it felt.

Graham Cracker Crust Overnight Oats | Yeah...immaeatthat

Overnight oats was one of the foods that made me realize how delicious healthy eating could be and how it was possible to be excited about healthy food.  It was one of the foods that healed my broken relationship with food.  I realized food could be delicious and healthy…sounds simple but I’d never really made that connection before.  I mean, it’s a creamy pudding for breakfast that’s filled with whole grains, calcium, iron, omega-3’s, and protein.  It’s the best of both worlds: tasty & nutritious.

So if there is one food that began to change my perspective on eating, it was overnight oats. The first time I tried them, it was the beginning of my tipping point towards a new outlook on food.

I love them.  I really do.  They were the food that helped me fall back in love with food.  They taught me to love again.  That may sound dramatic, but I’ve thought about it a lot and I owe a thank you to overnight oats (or at least a blog post with pictures better than these).

It wasn’t like I ate a mug of overnight oats and suddenly had this awesome relationship with food, it was a slow change over 3 years that lead me to where I am today.  I’m in a place where I love food, I can enjoy food and don’t use food for comfort.  I still tend to gravitate towards sweet, carby, sugary snacks after dinner, but that’s because I’m human and cravings are normal (and should be celebrated on occasion) and if I don’t eat something after dinner I won’t have the energy to workout before I eat breakfast in the morning (I tend to be an early morning exerciser).  Rather than reaching for pre-made cookies/cake, now I tend to fill these sweet, sugar cravings with healthier options.  It might still be a cookie(s), but they’re made in a healthier way.  Like the cookies from the cookie eCookbook or these banana bread cookie sandwiches.

Overnight Oats | Yeah...immaeatthat

Many people have made overnight oats.  I bet 87% of you have made them.  But to this version I added a graham cracker crust to mix in some festive holiday spirit.  It’s not the holiday’s without a graham cracker crust on something. 

I was so over cooking last week and this weekend, which I need to get out of my system before the holiday of food (i.e. thanksgiving). 

I ate out Wednesday for lunch and then Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner.  Then Saturday morning I went for a farmers market breakfast and Sunday morning I brunched.  And then last night we had a 4 cheese Amy’s pizza that I topped with more cheese, chicken sausage, tomatoes and arugula.  I was all I DON’T WANT TO COOK!!!(!!!).

I needed a break from the kitchen.  Sometimes I have no ideas.  ZERO.  But after all that eating out with wonderful people at fun restaurants with creative food ideas and pretty atmospheres, I feel inspired to cook again.  I’d post all next weeks meals to instagram, but since the sun goes down at 5:15 pm now it’s kinda hard to take pretty photos without natural light, but I will attempt it.  I have this huge love-hate relationship with daylight savings time.  I just asked Andrew what he has a love-hate relationship with.  This is what he said, “apples, because sometimes they’re too sweet and I feel like I’m eating a jolly rancher.”  What?

This is who I married.  The same person who texted me this week, “I bought a new car.”  To which I said, “For reals?” To which he said, “Yep.  It’s awesome.”  But it’s all good, because he can do this side smile that makes me go weak at the knees. 

Graham Cracker Crust Overnight Oats | Yeah...immaeatthat

If you’ve been making overnight oats for ages and this recipe is so beginning of 2011, I totally get it.  But humor me and add the graham cracker crust and I hope you feel like you’re eating a pie (of sorts).  And now that there are Christmas commercials on the TV, pie things are totally fair game.

Overnight Oats with a Graham Cracker Crust
Overnight oats
  1. 1/3 cup oats
  2. 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  3. 2/3 cup milk of choice (I used 2%)
  4. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  5. 1/2 banana thinly sliced
  6. couple dashes cinnamon
Graham Cracker Crust
  1. 2 graham cracker sheets, crushed into a coarse flour
  2. 1-2 dates, pitted (I used 1 large one)
  3. garnish: graham cracker crumbles (optional)
  1. The night before, combine all ingredients for the overnight oats in a bowl. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, place date in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave 2 1/2 minutes. Allow date to sit for 2 minutes before draining off the water. Using the back of a fork, mash the date until smooth. Add crushed graham crackers and mashed date to a bowl and stir until a dough forms. Press dough into the bottom of a glass. Pour cold overnight oats over the graham cracker crust and add a graham cracker crumble to the top. Eat! No cooking required!
Serves 1
How to make Overnight Oats (with a graham cracker crust!)

26 comments on “How to make overnight oats.”

  1. I think the reason I keep coming back to your blog is not just because of the recipes or the pictures, but your writing! I love the stories you tell and how honest you are. I can also relate to the binge eating episodes to cope with life stresses. I’m so glad I’m over that now!

  2. I loved reading this post, Kylie, and thanks for opening up – I think we all can relate to posts like Andie’s that you linked to and that “moving forward is the way you get unstuck.” This graham cracker pie crust is the perfect way to revolutionize oats – how did you know I’ve been in the same oat rut?

  3. Thank you for sharing that, Kylie. I bet the relationship with food thing resonates with a TON of your readers.. it definitely does with me.

    Yay for overnight oats — one of the first healthy foods I fell in love with as well. (Except now I know I don’t need to use a full 2/3 cup oats, an entire yogurt, an entire piece of fruit or two, nut butter, and the works.. lol). Have a great week!

  4. Beautiful post, Kylie. I grew up with a doctor mom and we ate super healthy all the time. No boxed cakes or store-bought cookies in our house! When I moved out on my own and realized I could buy whatever I wanted, I developed a very unhealthy relationship with food and did physical and psychological damage to myself that took years to undo. But, I did undo it. I learned moderation and portion control, that healthy food is delicious, that I don’t actually want the store-bought cookies, and that treats eaten mindfully are a beautiful thing. I also love overnight oats (but not morning exercise! I’m a lunch hour exerciser) and am always looking for new ways to spruce them up. I love the idea of that graham cracker crumb crust. They don’t have graham crackers where I live, so I might give it a go with ginger cookies instead. Yum!

  5. EEEK. Love love love this blog post. Love you, love spending time with you, love bouncing inspiration off each other. You’re the best :)

  6. This was a great post Kylie, it really hit home with me. I have struggled with the same thing and reading this post was really inspiring. It has always scared me to share these deeper thoughts on my blog but it’s made me who I am and what’s so funny is overnight oats was one of the first health foods that really turned around my outlook on food as well! Thanks so much for sharing this and being so open, I am sure SO many people will relate and feel comforted by it!
    P.S. the graham cracker crust is genius by the way! I feel like this would be awesome in an almost empty pb jar…

  7. Thanks for such a lovely, honest and delicious post! Overnight oats are the bomb and even though many have attempted and enjoyed them you’ve found a new way to add some delicious life! Happy Monday

  8. This is my favorite post you have ever written because A. I have the same relationship with overnight oats and B. I am still struggling, but working hard towards resolving, the same eating issues and I appreciate your honesty. The feeling of not being alone is sometimes all you need for a major mood shift. You rock.

  9. I love this post, Kylie! I know what you mean about there not being a eureka moment with healthy eating. It was basically like “it sucks but feeling sick all the time sucks more” until it wasn’t for me. One day I did wake up and realize I like eating differently, but I can’t tell you when that happened. For me, I think a lot of it had to do with the relief that my life wasn’t going to be ruined by feeling sick and lethargic and crappy all the time that kept me going. All of that said, though (don’t judge me) I can NOT get on board with overnight oats. I’ve tried them several times and they always end up soupy and tough-yet-soggy. Maybe it’s the oats I am using, but they don’t seem to absorb the liquid the way they are supposed to. Maybe I have to give them one more shot using your recipe :)

  10. this is such an awesome post! love the recipe for the oats and how they helped you to have a better relationship with food!

  11. This is genius! There are few things better in life than pie crust. Thank you for sharing all of your creative recipes. As a RD, I appreciate them so much. I can definitely relate to the unhealthy relationship with food, especially when you spend all day talking about food and nutrition. Calories, fat grams, sugar, etc start to possess your every thought. I appreciate your post on your journey to enjoying food!

  12. I always appreciate when people are willing to share their experiences overcoming struggles with disordered eating as it’s something that I’m working on myself. I’ve come so far from even 6 months ago, but I’m still working on it. This is super relatable because overnight oats were one of the first healthy food recipes I tried and fell in love with immediately! Thanks for the post and the great recipe!

  13. Thank you for this post! It’s so true… one day you just realize “I eat differently now”. This looks so delightful with the graham cracker crust… must try soon!

  14. I’m LOVING the graham cracker crust! That’s such a great idea!!

  15. I’ve never had overnight oats, but that graham cracker crust is making me rethink that decision!

  16. I loved your post, and I love overnight oats. The graham cracker crust does amp things up and make them WAY more fun.. I will give it a whirl. Your words and ramblings were wonderful…thank you

  17. Beautiful post Kylie. I totally relate. I grew up eating fairly healthy and celebrating food with my family, but somewhere along the way lost touch. And just like you, I can’t really identify a single moment where a suddenly developed a healthy relationship with food again. I think so many people struggle with disordered eating because often times, there isn’t one clear reason why or one single epiphany that breaks the cycle. It’s a long hard process there and back.

  18. Wow thank you so much for sharing!! I totally love seeing all your Instagram pictures and reading your blog as you seem to have such a fantastic ratio ship with food and it is super inspiring. I am really sorry that you had to go through a time where you struggled with food, but the fact that you have come through that and have got to the place where you are today gives me so much hope! It makes me believe that I can do the same thing and that is so exciting!! Thanks again for being so real and open! It is really awesome to hear where you have come from and I am so so glad that you have been able to find a much happier and healthier way of eating!

  19. Can I just say I love your way with words. Thank you for sharing this the way you did. As the healer that was nutrition and love that comes with learning to love food again. Girl you are truly awesome. Thank you! Oh and I totally love that you are celebrating the holidays like I do with little bits of taste in my food :)

  20. This was such a beautiful story! Amazing what food can do for us and how it can change us for the better when we let it!

  21. Overnight oats was one of the first foods I ate when I started a healthy lifestyle too!! I still remember the first morning I ate them. Love at first bite for sure. But what the heck with your creativity, girl?! This is brillllllliant. Crust is everything, and you know how much I love your crusts. Totally trying this!

  22. Thanks! I’ll try it! :)

  23. Thank you for sharing your story!
    I’ve been following your blog because of the healthy yet yummy recipes you post (your pictures make them soo tempting!).
    I have recently changed my breakfast habits and eat oats, but I prefer them raw because I don’t like the soaked oat texture (too liquidy, too cold for me… even though I also prefer cold food for breakfast). My first healthy recipe was granola oat bars, with almonds, apples, bananas and cinnamon, and I make them every week.

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