I partnered with BOOST® complete nutritional drinks to create this blog post. All ideas and opinions are my own.
I’m a big fan of breakfast. A nourishing morning meal can power your day and help fill in the nutrient gaps. This recipe for Very Vanilla Cinnamon & Pecan Overnight Oats is easy to assemble — make it the night before so it’s at the ready when you wake up — and each serving provides 7 grams of filling fiber, 12 grams of protein, and 25% of your daily value (DV) for calcium.
I’ve made overnight oats many time, and every time I make it, I usually use cow’s milk or almond milk. But I wanted to create a recipe with more protein and a broader array of nutrients, so I made this new-and-improved version with BOOST® Original Very Vanilla. (For double the protein, use BOOST® High Protein.) I also added plain Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and cinnamon and pecans to the old fashioned oats, and I topped each bowl with sliced bananas and berries.
When making overnight oats, aim for a 1:1 ratio of liquid to oats. For this recipe, my liquid of choice includes Greek yogurt and BOOST®.
Each bottle of BOOST® Original has 10 grams of protein, a nutrient that helps to maintain muscle. BOOST® also provides 26 vitamins and minerals, including 30% of the daily value for calcium and 25% magnesium, both important for bone health. Something else quite special found in BOOST® complete nutritional drinks is Prebio1™, a blend of prebiotic fibers that help to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria, which support digestive health. Good bacteria consume fiber, so the fiber in BOOST® and the fiber from the oats, pecans, and fruit are all a good thing!
Overnight oats are ideal for people whose morning routine is hectic. You simply assemble all your ingredients the night before so your oats are ready when you roll out of bed. I love the versatility of overnight oats, because the topping options are pretty much endless. For these oats, I added extra pecans on top along with sliced banana, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. But you could easily swap the pecans with walnuts or almonds, and the fruit toppings are totally up to you. Try diced mango, peach, apples … you name it!
I tend to gravitate to chocolate, so chocolate flavored BOOST® is my go to when I’m on the go. But for this recipe, the Very Vanilla flavor paired perfectly with the cinnamon and pecans. This recipe makes me look forward to waking up in the morning.
- Serves: 2
- Serving size: (about ¾ cup)
- Calories: 315
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 44g
- Sodium: 105mg
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 12g
- One 8-ounce bottle BOOST® Original Very Vanilla
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ⅔ cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Optional Toppings: Additional chopped pecans, sliced strawberries, sliced banana, blueberries
- Place the Boost, yogurt, oats, pecans, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a pint-size Mason jar.
- Secure the lid, and shake very well until everything is combined. (Your kids or grand kids can definitely help you shake.)
- Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, stir to recombine all the ingredients. Transfer to 2 cereal bowls and top with the optional additional pecans, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.
What’s your favorite overnight oats combination? How do you incorporate BOOST® into your diet? Do you drink it when you’re on the go or add it to various recipes?