Overnight Oats Edition – The Vanderbilt Hustler

Munchie Marts is a great place for late-night snacks, but we’re here to prove that college students eat more than ramen noodles. Take some oatmeal and let’s cook.

Alexa White

Day or night, overnight oats are the perfect high-protein breakfast you can cook in your dorm room. (Hustler Multimedia/Alexa White)

Breakfast is probably the meal that Campus Dining does its best. 2301 Smoothies, Kissam Acai Bowls, and Commons Breakfast Burritos are some of our morning favorites. However, variety is the spice of life (closely followed by cinnamon) and it’s very easy to get bored when it comes to meals at Vanderbilt.

Oats Munchie Mart from Jorie

The best thing about overnight oats is that you can customize the recipe to your liking. This recipe is inspired by my Commons Munchie Mart grocery store last semester. Not wanting to waste meals, I stocked up on oatmeal, peanut butter, and frozen fruit, when I realized these were the perfect starters for overnight oatmeal in a dormitory. Paired with other staples I already had like almond milk and protein powder, I came up with the recipe for the perfect on-the-go breakfast.

  • Most of the ingredients for Jorie’s recipe are available at any Munchie Mart on campus.
    (Hustler Multimedia/Alexa White) (Alexa White)

    ½ cup oats

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1 container of single-serving peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • sprinkle with crushed almonds
  • fresh or frozen fruit of your choice

Start with a sturdy container of your choice (I use a generic bowl and recommend that it has a lid). Add your rolled oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds and mix. Next, add the almond milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract and mix, making sure to evenly distribute the peanut butter. Add your fruit – I usually choose bananas and strawberries – and crushed almonds. Finally, place the container in your refrigerator and leave it there for at least four hours. They’ll stay good for a few days, but believe me, you can’t wait that long.

Veronica’s Banana Bread Baked Oats

This baked oats recipe is quick, easy, and tastes like cake. If you hate oats, this will probably convince you to change your habits. This recipe convinced me to change mine after 17 years of never trying oats. Let’s get into how it’s done.

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The key to making your mix here is to mix in the oats. Take your oats – one-third to one-half cup, depending on how hungry you are – and toss them in a blender until they become a fine powder. This makes them like a fine powder and gets rid of that “oatmeal” texture that our society loves to hate. Once they have finished pulsing, put them in your bowl.

Add the desired amount of milk to the bowl, about the same amount of oats as you used. You can use almond milk (my favorite), oat milk or whole milk. Then put your half banana in the bowl with it and add the vanilla, cinnamon and egg. Take out a fork and mash, mash, mash banana until you can mix it into the batter with the rest of the ingredients.

At this point, you may be wondering why there’s an egg in your oats. Well, the egg makes your “oatmeal cake” tastier and gives it a fantastic texture. Trust me on this (unless you’re vegan, in which case do your thing).

After the egg, mix in the baking powder. Mix last and don’t stir too heavily to maintain the rising properties of the baking powder. An alternative to mixing all the ingredients would be to put them all in a blender with the oats and stir in the baking powder at the very end. I prefer to mix the ingredients separately, as it retains some of the texture of the banana and other ingredients, rather than making it unrecognizable. Finally, stir in your chocolate chips and put your bowl in the oven. Baking oats makes them less mushy and more chewy and delicious (just like banana bread). I usually use my classic ceramic bowl (which technically isn’t oven safe) to bake these oatmeal in the oven. It might not be the smartest idea, but I’ve survived this long! This recipe is definitely worth it.

Finally, cook the rolled oats for 20-23 minutes or until puffed and firm. Let them cool for five minutes and enjoy! They should be gooey, chocolatey, and taste like banana bread, but with healthy ingredients that help you feel better. Enjoy!

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