Overnight Oats For The Busy Highschooler

Brenna Kiel , Reporter

We all know the struggle of trying to get to school on time, between getting ready and packing your bag, it’s easy to skip eating breakfast. We’ve all heard countless times how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and how we can’t afford to miss it, etc., but sometimes mornings get crazy and it’s easier to not eat. But the beauty of overnight oats is that you can prepare them the night before in just a few minutes, stick them in the fridge and your breakfast will be all ready to go in the morning. I put four different types of oats together so I could compare try them all back to back and truly see which ones were the best. The best part was that I already had most of the ingredients in my house and including clean up, the preparation only took around 20 minutes with the help of my sous chef, aka my mom. I found all of the recipes on two different blogs: the first three recipes from the first  blog and the fourth recipe from the second blog. With that, let’s get started.

Plain:

*All the recipes can be found with through the links, but I did use vanilla yogurt instead of plain.

As the name suggests, these ones were nothing special, but they were still very good. They were extremely creamy, but there was not a ton of flavor to them. I used the vanilla yogurt, but if I tried them again I would experiment with flavored yogurts to add some flavor to it.

Score: 7/10

Chocolate Peanut Butter:

Although I am a big chocolate person, this recipe was a little overboard with the chocolate. It tasted good, but was too sweet for breakfast. I also couldn’t taste much of the peanut butter, because it was so overpowered by the chocolate. It wasn’t for me, but if you’re a person who really likes rich foods, this one is for you.

Score: 4/10

Banana Chocolate Chip:

This one was definitely my favorite from the four I tried. None of the ingredients were overpowering, and the banana and chocolate went really well together. I ended up finishing this one as my breakfast and it kept me full until lunch, but I wasn’t stuffed.

Score: 10/10

Apple Cinnamon:

Since this recipe was from a different person, it did not call for as much milk, so it was overall drier, which was fine. It also did not have flax seed in it, but I went ahead and added it because it is a health benefit and doesn’t affect the flavor. I ended up being a little liberal with adding cinnamon and the flavor was really strong, but if you’re not a cinnamon person I would not suggest it. This one ended up being my second favorite one, and my mom enjoyed this one enough to finish it off for breakfast.

Score: 8/10

Overall, these turned out really well and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you’re someone who frequently skips breakfast, this is a quick, healthy solution.