It’s not the weekend if I don’t have another new Overnight Oatmeal to share (I’ll run out of fresh new ideas someday, but today’s NOT the day)! And it’s not a Golden Graham Girl Overnight Oatmeal if it’s not a delicious, high-protein,
healthyhealthful spin on a flavour combination that is normally reserved for dessert (or at least after noon). So it MUST be Sunday if I have this sweet Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Overnight Oatmeal to share with you! (Checks calendar.) Yup, it’s Sunday! Just in time for you to make a big batch of this for awesome breakfasts ALL WEEK LONG!
I feel as if there’s an “Every Man’s” (or Every Woman’s) dessert, it’s got to be the humble cookie. Cookies run the gamut from simple shortbreads (flour/sugar/butter – check!) to complicated multi-step extravaganzas. There are cookies to suit every taste and every nutritional profile known to humankind (or even other species if you want to branch out into dog biscuits and horse treats, etc. etc.). There are also cookies of just about every size, from barely-bigger-than-a-button to cookies as big as your head (or bigger! I’m looking at you, major coffee chains! You know who you are!). At the end of it all, you end up with a tasty treat that can be held (usually) and consumed with just one hand. No muss, no fuss. Just sweet, simple pleasure. This Overnight Oatmeal is first an ode to cookies.
Secondly, I feel that there is a hierarchy of cookies. I feel as though oatmeal cookies are regarded as “healthier” than their wheat flour-based companions (and depending on your definition of “healthy” and your personal nutritional tolerances and desires, this might actually be true). Pit raisins against chocolate chips and you know which cookies are getting left in the box (or tin or jar). Yup, there always seems to be at least a few oatmeal raisin cookies left at the bake sale or on the tray, especially when kids are involved. So, secondly, this Overnight Oatmeal salutes the Oatmeal Raisin cookie.
I feel like I haven’t even HAD a cookie lately. Sure, I’ve had brownies and bars and endless servings of Banana Cream Pie (recipe testing is arduous – looks like Batch #5 is a winner, so stay tuned to see it on the blog in the not-too-distant future!). I think the last cookie I consumed (if you don’t count plain digestive biscuits as cookies – I’m NOT, for this purpose, anyway) was – sadly? – a mass-produced Subway peanut butter cookie. Or maybe it was chocolate chip. In terms of a homemade cookie, it might have been the last cookie standing in the freezer after I baked Feeding My Addiction’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies back in January (they freeze and thaw really well, FYI). Yup, it’s time for more cookies in my life. This recipe is my starting point – a “gateway” to REAL cookies next!
Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
Sweet plump raisins pair up with oatmeal & cinnamon in a classic cookie combination in this healthy make-ahead breakfast that is high in protein, low in fat and full of flavour.
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1 tsp (5g) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2g) nutmeg
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1tbsp + 1 tbsp raisins
1. Stir the dry ingredients (rolled oats, protein powder and spices) in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in 1 tbsp of raisins.
3. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, sprinkle with remaining tbsp of raisins and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
Calories: 319 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 48g Sugar: 17g Fiber: 6g Protein: 23g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! – or microwave until heated through. The warm and inviting scents of cinnamon and the sweet, plump raisins in every bite of this creamy oatmeal will make you think you’re eating cookies for breakfast.
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