my favorite on-the-go meal

Tuesday, November 29

I don't know about you, but feeding myself is hard. Not like physically hard. I like eating. I like having a large plate of food in front of me, ready to eat. But taking the time to first, create that plate of food in my head, and then cook it, and then eat it, THREE WHOLE TIMES A DAY, most often feels like a giant pain in the arse. So recently, to save me from myself, I jumped on board the overnight oats train. Now I know these are technically supposed to be eaten on the go in the morning, but I just make a bunch and have been grabbing them at any ol' time of the day. A LOT of 10 pm meals over here haha. Some days just get too busy.
So! My favorite recipe BY FAR has been this really chocolatey version. Because duh, it tastes amazing, but overnight oats in general helps me consume a hearty portion of good carbs and fats which is great for building muscle of any kind. Which I will be working on soon... any day now. Probably January. In the MEAN TIME though haha, it's a slow burn and keeps me full for a really good chunk of time.
Here's what I use!
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats
2/3 cup fairlife chocolate milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
handful of dark chocolate chips
handful of walnuts

Throw it all in a mason jar and mix it up! Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.
Most recipes for overnight oats call for almond milk, but I love using fairlife because in terms of protein, it's much more nutritionally dense (2 grams vs a whopping 13 grams), and it has 50% less sugars than regular chocolate milk. Which ... I don't know how they manage that, but props, because this stuff tastes like dessert. It is liquid gold in our house, and requires an emergency run to the grocery store when we're out. I'm also always picking up their little single serving bottles at the gas station on road trips. TRY IT.
I wish they sold overnight oats at gas stations as well but alas, SOME forethought must be thrown into my meals.
So. If you're like me and A) approach chocolate with a bit of religious fervor, and/or B) tend to approach your meal prep with a serious helping of lazy, then give this one a whirl.
Comes in handy when you're suddenly starving at almost midnight.
This post has been in partnership with fairlife, a company that we use and love in our home daily.


Mecca said...

Sounds delicious! Do you eat it cold or warm it up when grabbing it out of the fridge?

Anonymous said...

Oh, this looks delicious! I'm always in need of something quick in the mornings and something that's an alternative to smoothies. I get stuck in a breakfast smoothie or juice rut sometimes, just doing the same thing over and over, so I love the concept of the recipe!

I will be swapping the fairlife out, however, for a milk that doesn't have artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors. I'd love to see them switch to real sugar instead of sucralose. Until that day, I'll swap out the fairlife for something healthier and more natural, like Organic Valley chocolate milk.


Robin said...

They manage the less sugar by using artificial sweetener. Not feeding that to my kids!

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