Zucchini bread overnight oats make for an easy and healthy portable breakfast. Made with oats, protein powder, grated zucchini and walnuts, these overnight oats are vegan and gluten-free.
Last month I posted a recipe for zucchini bread oatmeal. It was a huge hit, but I quickly realized that it’s still summer. And there are days in the heat of summer when hot oats just aren’t appealing.
This is where overnight oats come in. They’re easy to prep, portable and best of all you don’t have to turn on your stove to make them. Another thing I love about these zucchini overnight oats… they help you get in a serving of green veggies before lunch! Boom.
If you have eaten oatmeal and then are hungry an hour later, it’s likely because you didn’t get any protein! I love adding protein to this overnight oats recipe because they keep me full for hours (seriously!) and add an extra vanilla flavor.
Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. Even if you think cold oats sound strange, I recommend giving it shot before you write them off. Of course, if you simply can’t do the cold oats you can always heat them up. Just pop the overnights oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout and enjoy.
While they are called overnight oats, they technically don’t need to soak overnight! If you forget to prep the night before you can make them in the morning and let them sit for 2-3 hours. It is important to note that the longer you soak them, the softer the oats will be. If you only soak for a couple of hours, the oats will be chewier. I don’t mind the chewier texture, but it comes down to personal preference!
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5. With this said, overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to make a whole batch for the week on Sunday. I like prepping them in wide mouth 16 oz mason jars.
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