Today’s Matcha Monday recipe is one for breakfast lovers. Overnight Matcha Vanilla Oatmeal is an easy no-cook recipe that’s ideally left to sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours before being enjoyed. Filled with fiber-rich rolled oats, non-fat Greek yogurt, scraped vanilla bean, and the freshest seasonal fruit you can find, this vibrant matcha oatmeal is one that will give any morning an extra dose of healthiness and pep.
Instead of cooking the oats the standard way, with water or milk, I soak them in Greek yogurt to soften. The moisture and slight acidity in the yogurt plumps up the oats to a pudding like consistency. Not only do you get a nutritional boost from the yogurt, but you also get a rich, creamy texture that isn’t at all gooey or sticky like traditional cooked oatmeal is.
Depending on the fruit you use, you can mix all the ingredients for this oatmeal together anywhere from 4 to 24 hours before serving. Softer, riper, juicy fruits (like peaches, bananas, and strawberries) should be added for a shorter soak for 8 hours or less, or even last-minute before serving. Stiffer or small uncut fruits (like apples, blueberries, or less ripe pitted fruits) can be mixed into the oatmeal up to 24 hours before serving.
Making this oatmeal in a jam jar is an effortless way to create a single serve, portable portion for work or school. It’s also great for easy clean-up since you would have only used one dish! Top the oatmeal off with some of the same (reserved) cut fruit just before serving, and Overnight Matcha Vanilla Oatmeal makes a healthful, easy, and tasty breakfast for any busy morning.
Overnight Matcha Vanilla Oatmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp matcha powder, sifted
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped from pod or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/paste
1 small nectarine, diced into 1/4 cubes, or other fruit
1 large glass jam jar or container, with lid
1.) Place oats and milk into a large jam jar. Add the honey, vanilla bean, and matcha into the milk-oat mixture, and mix in completely.2.) Add the yogurt and gradually stir in. Mix thoroughly so that all the yogurt is evenly distributed.
3.) Add half of a diced nectarine to the oat yogurt mixture and mix in. Reserve the other half for topping the yogurt at the time of serving.
5.) Garnish with remaining diced nectarines at the time of serving and enjoy!