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Recipe For Gingerbread Overnight Oats Is Easy and Pinterest-level Impressive

As the temperatures begin to cool, I am always looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit with balance and ease. Lately, my favorite grab-and-go breakfast has been this overnight oat recipe, made with ZICO Coconut Water. It’s provided my last couple mornings with a much-needed energy boost and kept me in the festive spirit with a zesty gingerbread kick.

The preparation for these, like most overnight oats, isn’t a complicated process. Take all the ingredients listed below and give them a thorough mixing. Then dole the mix out into as many servings as needed and let them cool for at least four hours. That’s it! After that, breakfast is as easy as reaching into the fridge.

This recipe is perfect for those cool, winter mornings where getting out of bed is hard and staying in the holiday spirit is even harder. But, a quick, nutritious breakfast with little preparation, especially one that reminds me of holidays spent as a kid eating gingerbread flavored everything, has made my mornings that much easier.

The best part of this, for me, has been switching up the toppings. From giving my breakfast some added nutrition with fresh fruit, to making it more indulgent with crumbled gingerbread cookies, the options for toppings are endless, so get creative! I like to also add some more spices, like allspice and nutmeg, to give it a more intense gingerbread flavor.

Check out the full recipe below, and a detailed recipe video above, if this sounds like your cup of eggnog. Make sure to let us know your favorite topping combos.

ZICO Gingerbread Overnight Oats 

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

3 1/2 C Rolled Oats

32 fl oz. ZICO 100% Natural Coconut Water

¼ C Brown Sugar, Optional

2 T Molasses

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

½ tsp Kosher Salt

½ tsp Ground Ginger

¼ tsp Ground Cloves

Assorted Toppings (i.e. Gingerbread Cookies, Nuts, Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, Cinnamon, etc.)

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, ZICO Coconut Water, brown sugar (if using), molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, ginger and clove.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Stir before serving and top with your favorite toppings like cinnamon, crumbled gingerbread cookies, granola, nuts, dried fruit or fresh fruit and enjoy.

Created in partnership with ZICO Coconut Water. 

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New Caffeinated Overnight Oats Could Overhaul Your Entire Morning

Making breakfast often sucks. Waking up early? Trash. Cooking while half awake? No thanks. Cleaning up afterwards? Even more trash than waking up early, somehow.

But not making breakfast at home can run up a check, either on your wallet or your malnourished body. Oats Overnight hopes to have the solution to all that with their new flavor of overnight oats — vegan chai latte.

The “meal” is a mixture of whole grain oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds, maca root, black tea, and chai spices. It also weighs in with a hardy 20 grams of protein and 80mg of caffeine. So, not only is it your breakfast, it’s also your morning coffee. 

All that’s left to do is throw the mix in a cup with a lid, add 8oz of milk (or “mylk,” as Oats Overnight calls it), shake it up, and leave it in the fridge for a couple hours.

Eventually the oats and seeds will soak up the milk and you’ll have an on-the-go breakfast comparable to oatmeal, except it’ll taste like your morning chai latte and give you that needed caffeine buzz. It’s a win-win-win.

For now, packets of the new flavor of oats will run you $45 for a pack of 12 and can be bought only on oatsovernight.com and Amazon.

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Greek Yogurt Suddenly Levels Up These 7 Unexpected Foods

 

Let’s be honest about Greek yogurt — it’s pretty boring stuff. Why else would companies make a dozen flavored ones? Staring at a spoonful is about as exciting as watching our nails dry, so we are on a mission to incorporate this good-for-you snack into some of our favorite meals.

Pizza Dough

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Photo: The Skinny Fork

You heard us. A dish that can be enjoyed any time of day, hot or cold, pizza is our fifth food group. And get this: there are two-ingredient recipes out there. Two! Make your own next time and throw a DIY pizza party. Doing so will allow you to delegate purchasing beer to everybody else.

 

Fudge Pops

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Photo: Kitchen Lab Project

Dessert is how we celebrate the best of times and the worst of times, so converting it into a treat is a no-brainer. Blend with chocolate almond milk, and locate those popsicle molds. Ah, now chilled, hand-held happiness is within your reach. Bonus: you’ll have extras to share (or not).

 

Pancakes

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Photo: Little Bitty Bakes

If there’s a way to make flapjacks good for you, we are all in. Assembling this stack with our designated ingredient makes for some protein-packed perfection. Think it’s too healthy? Bring a handful of chocolate chips into the mix. Now pass the maple syrup.

 

Avocado Ranch Dip

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Photo: Hey Wanderer

When in doubt, we say craft a party dish. Find us someone who says no to avocado or ranch (allergies excluded), and we’ll slap some sense into them. Greek yogurt’s tart attitude plays well with others, making it the perfect meeting place for raw veggies, chips, and maybe on that chicken sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch.

 

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Photo: Eat This, Not That! 

Of all the pasta indulgences, we avoided this one forever once we learned how much fat this sauce contained… until now. Sans flour, heavy cream, or eggs, substituting with this single item makes up for a trio of richness that’d otherwise go straight to your hips. With so few ingredients, we suggest using some quality Parmesan and pasta. Oooh, and grilled shrimp. Now what time can we come over for dinner?

 

Overnight Oats

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Greek yogurt on its own is “blah” until layered with tasty delights and stashed in the fridge until morning. Add oats, spice, milk, yogurt and whatever sings to you (we’re fans of flaxseed and protein powder). Then either shake it (if you’ve got a lid) or give a thorough stir to get things mixed up. When it’s time for brekkie, this concoction will provide that punch of energy that’ll last longer than those donuts.

 

Coleslaw

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We’re squeezing in a slaw for good measure, because veggies! You might count lettuce leaf and tomato slice in a burger as “salad,” but we feel less guilty with a recipe including carrots, cabbage and green onions. Quick to throw together, cool down a spicy burger with ‘em, or have it accompany that next batch of fried chicken. You’ll be thanking us for that bonus crunch and tang to your meal.