I don’t usually go for fads/trends, or follow rules when it comes to food. In fact, I don’t abide by any rules when it comes to food. I’ve been known to bake pumpkin pies in July, and I know some people may argue this, but there is NO discernible difference between using fresh roasted pumpkin puree and canned. I’ve tested it many times over the years, and no one, I mean NO ONE, could tell the difference between the pumpkin pie using canned pumpkin and the pumpkin pie using fresh pumpkin. As long as the canned pumpkin is pure, with no additives, it’s fine.
There..I said it, and I didn’t want to wait until Fall to say it.
By the way, did you know most canned pumpkin puree is actually Butternut or Hubbard squash. or a variety of squash not named pumpkin? Yes, this includes the brand that starts with L.
Back to trends and fads in the food blogosphere. I have seen overnight oats all over the place for months now. Normally, I’d steer clear, because, again, I’m not a trendy person. However, I need quick breakfasts because I don’t eat breakfast anywhere near as often as I should, and I’m sick of cold cereal, toast or smoothies, when I do.
After seeing Barbara’s (of Barbara Bakes) overnight oatmeal with berries, I decided I really needed to give this a shot. I also decided to blog it because I didn’t bake or cook anything for the KA Stand Mixer winner announcement. I don’t like putting up posts without something tasty and visual in them.
This is a food blog..well, food/story journal, you know.
I can’t believe I put this photo up. Yeah, I know what it looks like. In fact, artificial light is most definitely not kind to oatmeal in photography. But, a jar tipped over throwing up oatmeal is pretty shitty food styling. I was at my wits end when I couldn’t get a decent overhead shot, so I thought, why not?
That said, no pretty jars for these overnight oats, because you will be using up the peanut butter at the bottom and around the sides of an almost empty peanut butter jar so everything goes into the almost empty peanut butter jar. If you want to make it look nice for serving to someone(s), spoon it into pretty glasses or bowls..like I did for photos. BUT, off of my blog, it’s getting eaten straight from the jar, then bye-bye jar..into the recycle bin you go!
Below are a few ways to serve the peanut butter overnight oatmeal, and fudgy chocolate overnight oatmeal, some outside of the breakfast box.
Fudgy Chocolate Oatmeal with melting chocolate shards
Peanut Butter – Brown Sugar Oatmeal on top of Soft Chocolate Ganache
Peanut Butter Oatmeal With Cocoa Nibs
Another photo of Peanut Butter Oatmeal on top of Soft Chocolate Ganache
Peanut Butter Oatmeal, swirled, or mottled, rather, with raspberry jam
This is not a completely healthy version of overnight oatmeal, but if you want to add protein powder, flax, chia seed, hemp, swamp goo, motor oil..or whatever, go ahead; no rules. You can also cut down the calories and make it healthier by choosing the Greek yogurt option and/or skim milk.
Well, OK, there is one rule, but it’s a general rule to get the right consistency, and that rule is 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid, plus the extras of your choice. If you want it thicker, add more oats.
Peanut Butter Brown Sugar Overnight Oatmeal
- 1 almost empty jar of peanut butter (about ¼ cup peanut butter left in jar) *
- ½ cup old-fashioned or quick cooking oats (I tried both and preferred the quick oats, but if you like more 'chew', choose the old-fashioned oats)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- ½ cup whole milk or any milk you prefer (skim, soy, rice, almond etc)
- ½ cup vanilla bean Greek yogurt or, for decadence, ½ cup heavy cream steeped with vanilla bean scrapings and pod (pod removed after steeping, of course)
- fruit or jam/jelly/preserves of your choice and/or chocolate chips, chunks (optional). I even added chocolate ganache to the bottom of one glass. No rules! You can go healthy or decadent, or both!
- Dump the oats in the almost empty peanut butter jar. Sprinkle the dark brown sugar evenly on top of the oats. Stir together the milk and yogurt or steeped cream, then pour on top of the oats and dark brown sugar. If you're adding chocolate chips or chunks, add now. Put the cover back on the peanut butter jar, tightly, and shake it vigorously. You'll be stirring it come morning, so this is just a preliminary 'shake' to get the oats soaked and dissolve the brown sugar.
- Put the covered jar in the fridge overnight, The next morning, open up the jar and stir it all together, digging the peanut butter up from the bottom and around the sides. Stir in fruit if you like - raspberries would be great, or swirl your favorite jam, jelly or preserves into it. If you prefer your oatmeal warm, give it a nuke in the microwave for a few seconds to a minute. Grab a spoon and dig in! Throw out (or recycle) the jar when you're done..my favorite part next to eating it.
Fudgy Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal
- ½ cup old-fashioned or quick cooking oats (I've tried both and prefer the quick oats, but if you like more 'chew', choose the old-fashioned oats)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (taste)
- 1 cup whole milk or any milk you prefer (skim, soy, rice, cashew, almond etc)
- 1 tablespoon dark cocoa
- ¼ cup chopped chocolate; your choice (semisweet, milk, dark)
- In an empty jar with a cover, stir together milk and cocoa powder until uniform.
- Dump oats, dark brown sugar, and chopped chocolate into milk and cocoa. Cover and shake the jar vigorously. then place in fridge overnight.
- Eat right out of jar. I like to microwave it for a few seconds to melt some of the chopped chocolate. Enjoy!
The Random Number Generator decided that Candace, who’s comment is #224, is the winner!
Congratulations, Candace! I will be sending you an email so you can choose a color and give me your mailing info. As soon as I get it, it will be sent out to you ASAP. If there is no response from you within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
One more thing. I’d like to thank Bonnie, of Bonnie Banters, for nominating me for a Food Stories Award! Again, I’m incredibly flattered! Since I was nominated late last month, and have already passed on 5 nominations, I’ll throw in another random fact about me.
When I was a child, having had the luxury of seeing several Broadway shows by the age of 8, and listening to my father’s collection of Broadway soundtracks, I decided I wanted to be a Broadway singer. I used to stand on my front porch and belt out tunes like Tomorrow, Memory, One etc. There was one small problem though; I couldn’t sing. My poor neighbors.