LT Ingram, Northwestern '21 - Recipes

Overnight Oats: The Cold Brew of Breakfast

By LT Ingram, Northwestern '21, 03/23/2021

Have you ever marveled at how smoothly your mornings go after you’ve been able to prep your coffee the night before with Brewbike’s brew bags? I sure know I have. The ability to grab my trusty mason jar, pull out my sachet, pour in some non-dairy creamer and have my first sip of coffee within five minutes of getting out of bed makes mornings so much easier. Now what if you could do that with your breakfast as well? And what if that breakfast could not only be filling, healthy and delicious, but also incorporate your favorite cold brew? If this intrigues you, look no further than overnight oats. Overnight oats are one of my favorite breakfast for warmer months as I love oatmeal, but sometimes a hot bowl of oatmeal doesn’t sound that appealing when the temperature outside is 80 degrees. Overnight oats offer a way to have all of the health benefits and convenience of oats while also being better suited to hotter months. And best of all? They can be made in just a few minutes the night before, meaning you can prep your coffee and breakfast at the same time.

But wait, what are overnight oats? Overnight oats are non-cook oats that you leave to soak overnight, traditionally in milk. This leaves them soft enough to eat and also with a pleasing creamy texture. The recipes below aren’t your everyday overnight oats. They take coffee-shop inspired items and let you not only drink your cold brew but eat it too. Keeping in line with Brewbike’s mission of supporting free-thinking, these recipes can be modified with either the optional add-ins I’ve listed, or your own innovations. Can’t drink cow’s milk? Sub-in your favorite non-dairy alternative. Want it extra caffeinated? Feel free to up the cold brew amount and decrease the milk. There are really only two rules you need to follow to make sure your oats are delicious. The first: you need to use old fashioned rolled oats. Using instant oats will lead to mushy sludge, as they break down too much. Steel cut oats, while delicious, won’t soften enough and will be very hard and chewy. The old fashioned oats are the Goldilocks of oats here, giving the overnight oats enough a soft enough but not too soft texture. The second rule is you need to be able to close whatever container the oats will be in overnight(Might I suggest The Vintage Jar?). This helps prevent them from drying out or letting other weird fridge tastes get in the oats. Got those two rules? Then let's get ready.

Recipes

(All make one hearty breakfast serving or two snack sized portions)

Mocha Oats:

If your mornings need a sweet dessert-like recipe to fuel your hustle, look no further. These mocha oats will delight your taste buds with flavors of coffee and chocolate, while the oats will fuel you for hours to come.

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup of milk
½ cup of Chocolate Brew*
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips

Optional add-ins
For a sweet time: Chocolate syrup or honey drizzled on top
For the jocks: 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, mix in with other ingredients

In a mason jar or mixing bowl, add the first four ingredients until well combined. If using a mixing bowl, spoon the mixture into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Close the jar and place into the fridge, at least overnight or up to three days. When ready to eat, take out of the fridge, mix in the chocolate chips and enjoy.

*If caffeine is an issue for you and you can’t wait for Brewbike to release decaf Chocolate Brew, try increasing the milk to 1 cup and mixing in a teaspoon of decaf espresso powder, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon of sugar

Chai Latte Oats:

These oats have the delicious sweet and spicy taste of Chai combined with the smooth taste of coffee that you’ve come to love from Brewbike. This is a lovely way to start the day with a meal that feels like a comforting embrace to gently ease into what the day has to offer.

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup of milk
½ cup of Vanilla Cardamom Brew*
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup

Optional add-ins
For some nutty crunch: 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts
For a fruity flair: 2 tablespoons of chopped dried apricots or golden raisins

In a mason jar or mixing bowl, add the first five ingredients and optional mix-ins until well combined. If using a mixing bowl, spoon the mixture into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top. Add a dash of cinnamon to top it off if desired. Close the jar and then place into the fridge, at least overnight and up to three days. When ready to enjoy, take out of the fridge and mix to combine and enjoy.

*If caffeine is an issue for you and you can’t wait for Brewbike to release decaf Vanilla Cardamom Brew, try using two decaf Chai tea bags. Brew two bags in 1 cup hot water according to the directions on the package. Mix in 1 teaspoon of honey and then allow the mixture to cool. Mix in at the start of the recipe with the other ingredients.

Banana Bread Oats:

If baked goods are your preferred way to start the day, this is the recipe for you. This tastes just like what my mom used to make for me after school. This recipe is so easy, you’ll be taken back to childhood afternoons in no time.

½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup of milk
½ cup of Cinnamon Sugar Brew (Regular or Decaf, up to you!)
1 ripe banana
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey Cinnamon to taste

Optional add-ins
Ms. Ingram’s Banana Bread: For those who want the full experience of my mom’s wonderful banana bread, add a tablespoon each of mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to ingredients when mixing.

Some like it hot: For oats more reminiscent of banana bread fresh out of the oven, microwave your oats before serving and add a pat of butter on top.

Peel and mash the banana with a fork until there are no lumps left. In a mason jar or mixing bowl, add the first five ingredients and stir until well combined. If using a mixing bowl, spoon the mixture into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top. Add a dash of cinnamon to top it off if desired. Close the jar and then place into the fridge, at least overnight and up to three days. When ready to enjoy, take out of the fridge and mix to combine and enjoy.