Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

January 7, 2015

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently gone through a very rough time. Happiness and positivity have not been my strong suits and to be honest, I am not sure when they will be again. I take the good moments when I get them, and trudge through the lows as best I can. I don’t have the answers and I don’t know where to find them. I can’t stand the fact that I have zero control over the situation and can’t undo what has happened to me in any way.

But life goes on. And it has, whether I like it or not. And it is not going to stop just for me. On the outside I look like the same person I was last week, last month, no one can tell the difference. The inside of me is a different story.

I started reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. One underlying theme of the book is that happiness is a choice. Surely right now I may not feel like choosing happiness, but something Achor said has resonated with me more and more as I read it. “The most successful people see adversity not as a stumbling block, but as a stepping stone to greatness.” I am quite the sucker for a good quote, and this one certainly fits the bill. This quote reminded me of another I have come across in the past, “Turn your wounds into wisdom and your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”

stumbling blocks

We all have stumbling blocks that we encounter in life. Some of these falls come from our own choices and some are completely out of our control. They sting, they bruise and they shake things up in our everyday lives. They are certainly unwanted and uninvited. Once we have fallen upon them, our paths are shifted and we cannot revert back to before we fell. The true power comes from how we pick ourselves up and how we react and respond to these tumbles. After the scrapes and bruises have had time to heal a bit, how we choose to see the situation can make us or break us.

Right now, the fog has not lifted completely so actually finding my stepping stones is a bit shaky. Every day that I pull myself out of bed and put one foot in front of the other, I know that I am on the road to finding this first stone or maybe even just a pebble. Each time that I choose to stop, close my eyes, and breathe, I inch myself still a bit closer. As I work to continue to nourish and take care of myself, I show that stumbling block that I am getting stronger. Soon my baby steps will feel like full strides and the fog will be less and less dense. These stepping stones will be in sight and they will lead me to the greatness that I know awaits.


In times of distress, what happens to your relationship with food? Do you completely lose your appetite or do you find yourself emotionally eating? We all tend to swing one way or the other and neither is a great option. During this time of struggle I am committing to having a healthy relationship with food and continuing to nourish and strengthen myself with whole foods and clean eating. I have actually been spending even more time in the kitchen which has proven to be a positive thing for me.

A year or so ago, I learned about overnight oats. Breakfast is the meal I always stick with healthy habits even when I am rushing out the door. Overnight oats are the answer to anyone who has a hard time with breakfast on the run. You can easily make enough single servings for the whole week in about 10 or 15 minutes. You can eat them hot or cold, and the possibilities are endless. This week I have created several overnight oats recipes and will share them with you. Here is the first recipe! Enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats. Be Whole. Be You.

Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1/2 cup steel cut or rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
2-3 tsp natural peanut butter or any nut butter
1 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp shredded coconut (optional)
1 tsp ground flax meal
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup milk of choice
Dash of sea salt

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in small jar or bowl that can be sealed. Stir well.

2. Refrigerate overnight. Serving options: serve with a sprinkle of cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips, or sliced banana.

Notes: I tried a batch with and without the coconut. I preferred the oats with the coconut as it gave it a touch more flavor and sweetness. If you are not a coconut fan, feel free to omit it.

**Chia seeds offer protein and fiber. Some people don’t care for the taste. Also, they swell up in the liquid and can often get stuck in your teeth. If you have a big meeting in the morning, you may want to skip them!

***I like to eat my warm and usually will add a splash more of milk before I heat them up or I feel the oats dry up a bit.

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28 Comments

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  • Reply Kelsey Beaman April 2, 2017 at 12:10 am

    What are the macros on the peanut butter cup overnight oats?

    • Reply Lorie April 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Kelsey! I’m not sure what exactly denotes macros? I hear my crossfitying friends talk about it all the time!

      • Reply J. Smith May 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

        The macronutrients in a meal. A.K.A Carbs, Fats, and Proteins

  • Reply Jessica April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I believe what she means is what is the nutritional value of the overnight oats? Macros are the number of grams of fat, carbohydrates, and proteins. These things are best determined by the end user as they prepare the oars with their specific ingredients. You can plug it all into MyFitnessPal as you make the recipe easy enough though.

    This recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Lorie April 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Jessica! That’s what I was assuming but my friends who power lift seem to use the word so often so I figured it was out of my realm. Glad to know that app works–I’ll send others that way!

  • Reply Lora April 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

    The recipe sounds great! I will definitely be trying it, but your blog is what touched me. Please don’t think I’m trying to sound religious, because it isn’t about a religion that I’m talking about, but Jesus. He is the One who can heal your wounds and bring joy to your life. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy is something only He can give and it is not based on our circumstances. He can do the impossible and He is always working for our good, even when things have took a bad turn, He is reworking them for our good. The only One who can take bad things and bring something good from them. You may already know these things, I don’t know. But if you don’t I encourage you to find a bible and read about all the great promises that he has for your life. There is a God shaped hole in each of us that only He can fill. You are in my prayers.

    • Reply Lorie April 12, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks so much Lora. Thanks for all of the prayers–we always take all that we can get! xoxo

    • Reply Michelle September 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      I totally agree! Without Jesus, I never would have made it through a divorce! I love Him so much!

      • Reply Lorie September 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        So glad things worked out for you! Xoxo

  • Reply Shelly April 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

    This looks so yummy and perfect for my early mornings as I rush out the door:-) Thank you for sharing your message……I also am a sucker for a great quote! Will continue to check your blog for goodies and enjoyment:-)

    • Reply Lorie April 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I hope you love these! They are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing Shelly!

  • Reply Ashley miller April 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Looks so good! Right up my alley!

    • Reply Lorie April 24, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Yes! Hope you love it!

  • Reply Sheryl May 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Lora as I was reading your post I was thinking the exact same thing Shelley mentioned. When Jesus went to the cross he took all our sins upon himself so we could walk in freedom. God is your peace, your healer , your provider, your rock, He is the great I Am. I’m not a perfect religious nut, but I am a child of the Almighty doing what He’s instructed me to me. I will be praying ✝️??

    • Reply Lorie May 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Sheryl!

  • Reply islander671 May 24, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I LOVE this, had it this morning!! When I put it together last night… I had to go back to read the recipe 3x as the portion seemed small. I was wrong, very tasty & very filling!! One of the best overnight oats I’ve had. Thank you for sharing your recipe. On another note, your blog has touched me. Very powerful message & you are right, everyone has their highs & lows in life. Praying for you & your journey to making those pebbles stepping stones to healing, joy, & happiness!

    • Reply Lorie May 25, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Oh thank you so much for the kind words! This really made my day! And so glad you enjoyed the recipe as well!

  • Reply Marlene Nunnaley May 26, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This looks really yummy. I would like to try it and I would prefer it warm as well. What do you recommend for heating? I try to avoid microwave as much as possible.

    • Reply Lorie May 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      You could heat them up stove top for just a few minutes. That’s probably all you need. Add some extra milk if they seem to dry out a bit!

  • Reply Ron Harris September 3, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Lorie

    I just read your post. Remember God is always . by your side . On the mountain tops as well as the valleys. God Bless You.
    I have been doing oats in a jar for a long time and these are awesome.
    Yukon

    • Reply Lorie September 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks so very much!

  • Reply Kerry September 22, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Tried this recipe. It’s delicious and reminds me of no bake cookies. It’s a lot thicker than I was expecting. Like actual gooey no bake cookies! Should I add more milk next time?

    • Reply Lorie September 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      So glad you love it! Yes, you can just add a bit more milk. Sometimes different peanut butters and Oats can just be a bit more absorbent than others! I typically add a touch more milk in the morning before I eat it!

  • Reply Cristina October 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Is that peanut butter drizzled on top, how? Looks so Good!

    • Reply Lorie October 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Yes! If you get the natural peanut butter (the kind you have to stir, with the oil on top) freshly stirred, it’s still pretty thin. It will drizzle perfectly!

  • Reply Kevin December 10, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Could you tell me what is the caloric content in this?

    • Reply Lorie December 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Hi! I don’t count calories, but you can easily plug in the ingredients to a calorie counting site and get them! Sorry for the inconvenience.

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