Pancake Mix Overnight Oats
That time when pancakes & overnight oats became BFF’s.
Before making this recipe, I can’t even remember the last time I had overnight oats.
I went through a phase as a fifth year senior in college (when I had no idea what I was going to do with my life…ughhh the worst), where I was so into overnight oats. I had JUST found food blogs for the first time and everyone seemed to be having so much fun putting chia seeds in their milky oats.
For like 2 years I had overnight oats at least two times a week for breakfast and then…I got tried of them. So I took a 2ish year hiatus and now I’ve been craving them in the mornings more and more.
My only tiff with overnight oats is that so many recipes call for greek yogurt in them and I’d much rather my overnight oats be sans greek yogurt. To be honest, sometimes adding the greek yogurt in the morning kills my stomach. I think the stomach pain has 100% to do with anxiety about work to get done that day and 0% to do with a lactose intolerance/allergy, but for whatever reason greek yogurt in the morning can make me feel blah. Overshare.
So these oats are greek yogurt-less, BUT I added pancake mix! The plan was to add a cream cheese frosting and make these into cinnamon roll overnight oats, but when I went to get the cream cheese out of the fridge it had mold on it. So plan B = a streusel.
Cinnamon roll oats are in my future tho. It’s a life experience I would like to experience.
I feel like people who don’t read food blogs may not get overly excited about overnight oats. I mean, it’s just kinda a mess of oats and chia seeds. But I really think if you bring streusel into the equation that non-food blog reading people could get excited.
Equations. Equations make me think of math. And math makes me think of high school calculus class.
Gosh I hated calculus.
Well I didn’t totally hate calculus class, because Andrew sat 2 seats in front of me and he made calculus interesting AND we had the most hilarious/gifted storyteller of a teacher who would share the funniest stories.
So I guess if it wouldn’t have been for Calculus, I might have never met Andrew, which would’ve been such a bummer. But I just think if Calculus could’ve included more test questions incorporating streusels that I would’ve been able to feel a bit more connection to the subject.
And ohmygosh. Flashback down memory lane! I remember taking the AP test for calculus in high school and sitting there and being like I have no idea what the question is asking. I don’t think I answered any of the questions. Like none of them. You math people, your brain and my brain are so different.
But that’s okay, because we can bond over streusel. And peanut butter.
So thanks to the pancake mix, these overnights oats have a bit of a pancake batter taste to them.
If you are a person who likes batters and doughs, I imagine you’d especially love this.
And since in my book overnight oats NEED a crunchy topping, we’re got a walnut streusel (similar to the one on this baked oatmeal). Oh and I really think these cups would be totally great with cashew butter in place of peanut butter. I didn’t have any cashew butter, but you might!
Pancake Mix Overnight Oats
Yield: serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes (+ overnight chill time)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes (+ overnight chill time)
1 cup milk
2/3 cup oats
3 tablespoon pancake mix (i used Kodiak Cake Protein Pancake Mix)
1 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon oat flour
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
peanut butter (i used Justin's)
In a bowl, combine all ingredients for overnight oats. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In the morning, stir together ingredients for streusel. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring 3 times through cooking time. Streusel should be toasted, but be careful it doesn't burn.
Divide overnight oats between two glasses. Top with streusel, blueberries and peanut butter.