Quick and simple to make. One batch = 8 breakfasts. Easy to grab from the refrigerator. You can just as easily take it with you to eat later. A super delicious nutritional powerhouse. What could be better for breakfast than Peach Cobbler Overnight Oatmeal?
Chia seeds are relatively new in our pantry. I was surprised to learn they are in the mint family as the seed of Salvia hispanica, found in Mexico and Guatemala. They were a staple of Mayan and Aztec diets, so they’ve been eaten for a long time! The tiny black and white seeds can expand to hold about 10 times their weight in liquid. They also contain all nine essential amino acids, which are the muscle-building protein building blocks our bodies need but we get them only through our food. Chia seeds provide antioxidants, resulting in younger looking skin, healthier hair, and can reduce the risk of cancer. They are also one of the very few foods that provide Omega-3s , good for fighting depression, improving sleep, reducing the risk of heart disease. Chia seeds have more calcium ounce for ounce than most dairy products. If you don’t eat dairy, this is super important.
To make assembly even quicker, I use 2 containers of Light and Fit Greek yogurt for a total of 9 grams of protein. We like the coconut flavor as well as the vanilla. Each container has only 9 carbs, considerably less than regular Greek yogurt and friendlier to diabetic diets. Be sure to use only old fashioned or rolled oats. I use almond milk with 1 carb/cup. Use frozen non-sweetened peaches. Or fresh diced peaches, nothing added. Or juice or water packed diced canned peaches. I used three lunch cups of no-sugar added diced peaches, totaling 1 ½ cups. Drain juice and add to oatmeal mixture before refrigerating. Or save the peaches to add to the dish just before serving, which is what we prefer. We are working toward more fruit in our daily meals so I also add a handful of fresh blueberries.
Hot breakfast tomorrow? Try Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake!
- 12 ounces Greek yogurt
- 1⅓ cups old fashioned oats
- 1⅓ cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (15 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and diced
- Fresh blueberries, walnuts, other toppings of choice, optional
- In a medium bowl stir together yogurt, oats, milk, vanilla, salt, seeds, peaches and cinnamon.
- Transfer into one quart jar or into eight covered half cup containers.
- Cover and chill overnight. Will keep in refrigerator about four days.
- Add toppings before serving, if desired.
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