It doesn’t have to be your birthday to enjoy these sprinkle-filled overnight oats. Healthy enough for breakfast, but celebratory enough to bring a little pep to your morning!
It’s (almost) my birthday! But before I get to the birthday celebrations tomorrow (including dinner at Acorn, one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Denver), today is also mine and Bry’s one-year wedding anniversary. Crazy how fast a year goes!
I almost feel guilty posting a birthday-themed recipe today instead of a romantic, sentimental one. Almost. But come on. Who doesn’t want funfetti-like oats for breakfast? The only thing better would be actual funfetti birthday cake, but I’d need quite a few pieces to keep me as full as these oats do (but seriously, having a few slices of cake for breakfast doesn’t sound like a bad way to start off a birthday).
Leading up to the wedding, Bry and I kept saying how after the wedding was done the rest of the year would finally be a calm year with time to settle into married life. Well, life had a very different idea of our post-wedding lives, as in the past year I’ve switched jobs twice, Bry has a new job, two friends got married, and we moved to Colorado. I’d say here’s to having a calm second year of marriage, but knowing our luck something else huge will happen this year (I’m really hoping that something huge is a puppy, but Bry would probably hope otherwise).
One thing that hasn’t changes is our ongoing love of overnight oats for breakfast. As you know, we pretty much eat my peanut butter oats every morning during the week. But occasionally I like to change it up, and these birthday-inspired overnight oats are a delicious change of routine!
To make these, start with my go-to overnight oats base of ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (per jar). Then, instead of my usual peanut butter and cinnamon, we are adding in vanilla protein powder, almond extract, and vanilla extract. You MUST use both extracts! The combo of the vanilla and almond is what really gives these oats a cake-like taste. Feel free to add in cashew butter for extra staying power (but avoid peanut butter as it will dominate the flavor of these oats). Finally, stir in some sprinkles and you have yourself a very cheerful breakfast!
So here’s a toast to the best friend and husband a girl could ask for – happy one-year love!
Birthday Overnight Oats
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt I used 2% fat
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder I used Sun Warrior
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sprinkles
- Optional: cashew butter
- In each jar, place 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder, 1/4 tsp almond extract, and 1/8 tsp vanilla extract. Stir well with a knife. If using cashew butter, stir that in now as well.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of sprinkles to each jar. Option to stir in or leave on top.
- Fridge oats overnight and enjoy in the morning!