Peaches n’ Cream Overnight Oats

As a kid, I ate peaches and cream oats like it was my JOB! That, and apple cinnamon. My sister would get so upset when I’d raid the oatmeal variety packs and steal all of the good flavors.

You snooze, you lose, right?

Thankfully with overnight oats, you snooze and you WIN every time.

Good news for my crabby sister. [Only crabby when she doesn't get her oats, I promise she's really sweet otherwise]

Peaches n’ Cream Overnight Oats

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Creamy and delicious sugar-free oats, sweetened with mashed banana, and a pinch of stevia.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 peach, pitted and puréed [yield ¼ cup purée]
  • 1/2 banana, puréed [yield ¼ cup purée]
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup uncontaminated rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch stevia or other sweetener

Toppings: sliced bananas, unsweetened shredded coconut, nut butter, or shelled flax seed.

Directions

To be made the night before you plan on eating it, or at least 4 hours in advance.

  1. Place pitted peach and banana in a blender and pulse until puréed.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a glass container, stir until incorporated, seal, and  place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy right from the fridge, or heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.

I’m happy to report that I was able to run 5km last night with very little groin pain! It seems pumping my blood full of omegas is working!

Also, you guys are quite the resourceful bunch. Thank you for all of your suggestions on how to reduce inflammation and recover from injury. Even though I studied this stuff in school, it’s always great to hear how others treat their aches and pains. Plus, you never know what you might learn. Lucky in my case, I learned a bunch!

Kaitlyn suggested foam rolling, Andrea opts for the homeopathic remedy, Traumeel, and Yolanda swears by fresh ginger. I’d completely forgotten about ginger!

One question that came up a couple of times yesterday was if I could list some omega-6 and omega-3 foods. Of course! Here’s the lowdown:

Omega-6 [healthy]: raw seeds, nuts, free range + organic meat.

Omega-6 [not-so-healthy]: highly processed foods like meats and refined vegetable oils – such as safflower, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, and soy. [Did you know up to 20% of the calories in the American diet are estimated to come from soy oil?]

Omega 3: Your best sources of omega-3 will be inflax seed, walnuts, and cold water fish [salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod, and bluefish]. There are other sources, but these are by far the best!

This should tell us that if you follow an extremely clean lifestyle of whole foods, with lots of fresh produce, and homemade meals, you wont have much unhealthy omega-6 in your life. So, you can supplements your omega-6’s with healthy 6’s like nuts and seeds.

Seeing as there are loads of chia in today’s recipe, where does chia fit into all this?

Chia fits somewhere in between flax seed and awesome. Ya, you read that right. :P

They’re classified as an omega-3 fat, but when compared gram for gram with flax, chia has:

  • 0.3oz. more omega-3’s
  • almost double the fiber
  • a highly concentrated nutrient profile – based on some studies I’ve read in the past, chia has a higher profile than flax, but chia hasn’t gone through much testing because it’s fairly new, so the results are a bit gray for now.

So, now that I’ve gone on a tangent about omega’s, let’s move on to something short, sweet, and exciting…

I now have Google search for my posts! Check out the search field over to the right, under the “recent posts” section. Type in an ingredient, or title, whatever you’d like and be amazed with all of the returned results!

Awesome.

What was your favorite type of oatmeal growing up? Wait… did you eat oatmeal growing up?

Awesome is clearly my word of the day. What will yours be?

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  1. Awesome is clearly my word of the day. What will yours be? = INSANITY
    I just posted about my life. Part 1 of it. Part 2 is still coming. Insanity prevails.

    I love chia seeds. They are so versatile and great for thickening things and adding texture.

    Your overnight peaches n cream looks delish and ….creamy! :)

  2. Yes we would eat oatmeal growing up — we’d get those variety packs too! Peaches and cream was my favorite and if my dad made plain oats, I’d load it up with brown sugar :) Super healthy, right?

    I am kind of grossed out by that soy oil fact — 20%??

  3. I loved oats as a kid. I ate it with milk and butter on it since that’s how my mom served it. I’m sure I’m made of oatmeal. I eat tons of it everyday. I am absolutely in love with the stuff. I love that you reached out for others’ thoughts when it came to inflammation. That’s why we blog in the first place! It’s nice to get different thoughts and to see if something else will help. I’m glad the run went well and that you feel better!

    The oats look and sound amazing. I’m going to have peaches on my oats today! I hope you have a great day Leanne!

  4. Yum! I do strawberries and cream oats using cottage cheese that is awesome. Love that you used bananas with the peaches! It looks so good that I was contemplating is 30 mins would be enough for them to absorb while I run. :)

    I forgot about ginger too! Thanks for the reminder.

    • Man, I wish I could handle dairy. I’d be adding greek yogurt + cottage cheese into everything. Great idea, Laura!

  5. I can’t wait for the Colorado peaches to ripen so I can make this, oh yummy! I enjoy overnight oats as well, but I really like oatmeal smoothies far better.

    I grew up not even liking oatmeal, but my brother did; so I’d opt for a bowl of cold cereal on “cereal” mornings. Most often my Mom cooked a breakfast for us, what a blessing.

    Loved reading this, and will probably use this for future reference.

    Blessings Leanne! Am so glad that the 5k felt better with the “groin” issue.

    http://yolandarogers.blogspot.com/2011/07/facing-my-fears.html

  6. In my house, Peaches N Cream was always the oatmeal left when all of the good stuff was gone. Never liked that one! Apple cinnamon and raisins and brown sugar ruled in my home. When my sister was a toddler, she told my mom she wanted “a kind of bird that eats fish” for breakfast. Took my mom a while before she figured out that my sister wanted oatmeal – Quaker was printing bird pictures and facts on the instant oatmeal packets. Ha!

    • haha that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. I could imagine your mother was racking her brain trying to figure out what it was your sister wanted!! I’d completely forgotten about the bird facts.

  7. I loved the instant Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal as a kid ~ now I definitely prefer some homemade overnight oats and your peaches n cream recipe sounds delicious!

    …hmmm ginger for reducing inflammation?? I’ve never tried that remedy, but I’m definitely going to remember to try that!

  8. This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it tonight! Just out of curiosity.. what do you mean by uncontaminated oats?

  9. Glad the suggestions helped!! Banana was totally my thought for perfecting my Peaches and Cream Kasha. Glad I’m thinking along the right lines! And I’m so excited for the google search bar!!

    I just read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and he talks quite a bit about the omega-6/omega-3 issue. It’s amazing how much omega-6 is in our processed foods! Actually, he tackles the concept of nutritionism where single nutrients are isolated at “the magic one” as opposed to treating dietary research in the context of the whole diet. Quite an interesting read!

  10. I really need to eat more chia seeds, what with all of their superfood powers – some of which have yet to be uncovered, I’m sure, as you’re right about the limited research! I need to eat more oats, too… And no! I didn’t eat oats growing up! Sacrilege, right?! Actually, as a baby, they were the ONLY thing I ate for about two and a half years, according to my mom. Oatmeal and bananas. I guess I was a smart baby…

    So AWESOME that you have a Google search bar now! Excited that it’ll be easier to find more of your great recipes when I need them. 8D (Does that make me easily excitable? Haha…)

    I think “relief” will be my word of the day. Last day of 8 days straight of work and then I’m off for five days! Finally!

    • 8 days of work? You deserve a break! Have a fantastic and relaxing 5 days :)

  11. I really didn’t eat oatmeal growing up! I hated the texture and just couldn’t stomach it. Even up until about a year ago, I couldn’t eat it. But, I kept trying because I knew it was good for me! Now I eat them almost every day :)

    Thanks for the info on Omega’s! I keep seeing info on Chia seeds, but just haven’t bought them yet! Maybe soon though.

  12. Yum! Looks awesome! Hah, I say awesome waaaaaay too much. I really need a new word, it’s kind of sad how much I use it. I’ve always loved oatmeal… when I was younger it was always blueberry oatmeal though :) So good!

    • Awesome will never be sad. I’d say… keep using it!

  13. Love peaches and cream!!!! And I didn’t eat oatmeal when I was a kid….I ate coco wheats! haha…oh how times have changed…

  14. gasp – great minds think alike!!! :D i made something similar (without the oats) long ago! http://juniakk.blogspot.com/2010/08/peach-c.html i love the combo of peaches, almond milk and chia seeds :D. i actually just bought some sprouted chia seed POWDER!!! i’m psyched. if i come up with anything spectacular with it, i’ll post it on my blog. i’m wondering if the pudding consistency will be smoother if its in powder form? :D

  15. When I was younger I’d eat Quaker Apple Cinnamon oatmeal every single day without fail. I’ve always loved all of that sugary deliciousness first thing in the morning. ;-)

  16. Unfortunately my parents are not oatmeal fans. I didn’t discover it until I was…gosh, like 22 or 23. And now I can’t eat it lol. I might try mixing these things with quinoa flakes though! :)

    • Oh no, are you allergic to oats? I am sensitive to them, so treat myself every couple of weeks. If you make them with quinoa flakes, but sure to eat them immediately. Don’t let it soak or it will be absolutely disgusting. Trust me *ick!*

  17. i ate oats as a kid – sometimes! they’d always be the apple cinnamon or brown sugar flavored packets, or made the traditional way with lots of milk and brown sugar. man, i almost forgot about that…you’re taking me back! haha.
    peaches and cream, however, looks wonderful ;) and i’ve been loving chia seeds, especially lately.

  18. I was definitely a flavored instant oatmeal eater growing up! Nowadays, if I eat oats I sweeten it myself with honey or maple syrup and add banana chunks or grated apple.

  19. oooh, I loved the peaches and cream flavor. I totally laughed out loud, I went through the box and took all the best flavors too. and OH MY GOSH, I am having an epiphany right now!! I suppose that’s what my brother is talking about when he says as a kid I hoarded food. oh my. ;) I always wonder what he means. *sigh* now I know.

    these look awesome!

    my word of the day? PRODUCTIVE and EFFICIENT. I got it done today.

  20. Maple & Brown Sugar instant oats were always my absolute favorite and apples and cinnamon too! I’ve tried overnight oats once and wasn’t crazy about them but I think I will try again with this recipe! :)

  21. This looks so good. I am getting some fresh peaches and making it ASAP! I loved cream of wheat growing up.

  22. Sadly, my parents just bought those gross oatmeal instant packets growing up. You know the ones that have more sugar and salt than oats!! Love chia seeds. What did I do before chia?? I don’t know. Glad to hear your injury is getting better Leanne!

  23. Porridge is my favourite breakfast. When I was growing up, it would be made for me with cow’s milk and sugar on top.

    Now I buy steel cut oats and prepare with water, sometimes mixed with almond milk. If I’m feeling outrageous, I’ll drizzle some honey on top. I also like a scoop of nut butter on top.
    I eat it year round, even when boiling hot. When camping/hiking I totally recommend adding some trail mix – it will keep you powering until after lunch.

    I like it dry, not liquidy and love the texture of steel cut or rolled oats over quick oats (emergencies only).

    All hail the oat!!!!

  24. Hey Leanne! I have been out of town and away from a computer so I just wanted to stop by and say hi :-) I’m catching up on all your posts that I missed and everything looks WONDERFUL, as usual :-) I hope you’re doing well, love! :-)

  25. DELICIOUS!!! I made this last night for my post-workout eat today and I was so glad! I threw in a little french vanilla protein powder just for a protein boost given the placement of this “meal” in my day, but I will definitely make it for breakfast sometime soon!

  26. I have a question for you my friend: Will this type of overnight soaking work with a different cut of oat? i do have rolled oats in the cupboard but I also have steel cut oats…..just curious if it would work….I may just try it out and let you know!
    Ok, one more question……is there an omega 3/6 supplement that you would reccomend? Hubby is allergic to seafood and fish so those items do not come into the house.

    Thank you so much, I do love your quick and easy overnight oats and pudding recipes!

  27. I do so miss my oats…how they magically puff up with absorbed liquids and go all gooey! You don’t get gf oats in SA.

    P.S. your comment about eating peaches and cream as if it were your job made me think of people who really are tasters for a living…I mean, how cool would that be!

    • I would gladly be a food taster for a living. Best job ever! Have you tried to order your oats online?

  28. This is a very original recipe. My oatmeal was quite simple. And warm. Milk-based porridge with a drop of good quality honey + unsalted cow milk butter or drop of mom’s homemade black currant jam + unsalted cow milk butter on top. Still do it this way on some mornings to add variety.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about food processors/blenders recently. What’s your take — as a nutritionist, would you agree it’s better to chew for the sake of nutrients and satiety (instead of eating the beauties blended up)?

    Glad to have come across you blog by the way. Have a nice day!

    • I think if you are chewing your pureed food, that would be the most ideal. Chewing starts peristalsis, so regardless if you are eating something fully blended, or in it’s “full” form, you should be chewing. If someone has a digestive issue ie. their not assimilating their nutrients, I’ll often suggest they go on a more pureed food diet. But I’ll always ask that they continue to chew their pureed food to get the tract working. Hope that helps!

  29. Thank you so much for this recipe! I tried these overnight oats for the first time today and I’m in LOVE! :) I didn’t have any peaches so I used fresh raspberries and lemon zest and it turned out great! I will be making this again and again.

  30. I can’t eat oats, but what about flaked quinoa in this recipe? I had read that one needs to cook flaked quinoa to make it digestible….would it be ok to substitute it in this recipe?

    • It should be okay, I’ve never tried it for this specific recipe, but you should be okay!

  31. I made this in the morning and it was going to be for dinner since it is so hot these days, but……yeah, um, .. ……it never lasted until dinner.
    Delicious.

    • haha well, good thing it’s easy to make! Glad you enjoyed it, Vienna :)

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