Growing up, my birthday cake every year was always, always German Chocolate. My mom knew that’s what I wanted without ever having to ask. The cake came out of a box, and the icing came out of a tub. I was a simple kid with an undistinguished sweet tooth. I also had a knack for eating whole cakes without ever gaining weight. But all good things must come to an end.
Fast forward to 2011 when I got my first sit-down job and suddenly my diet of cereal, peanut butter, and Easy Mac was leaving me with inexplicable muffin-top and no energy. I started working out, cleaned up my diet, and the rest is history. But I really miss that German Chocolate cake…
Overnight oats are so much fun because you can make them into almost any flavor imaginable. You can throw in any chopped fruit, nut butter, protein powder, different milks, extracts, etc and it always turns out perfect. I wanted to replicate the flavor of my old birthday cake with a bowl of healthy oatmeal. Could it be done?
German Chocolate, if you haven’t had it (you poor thing) is chocolate, pecans, coconut, and loads upon loads of sugar. Luckily, cocoa powder, pecans, and unsweetened coconut are all healthy ingredients. Chia seeds give the overnight oats some added volume and a slightly gelatinous texture that reminds me of the canned icing. Chia seeds are also full of fiber and Omega 3’s, which will help slow down the digestion of the oatmeal, keeping you fuller longer.
I choose to use coconut sugar in this recipe, which is advocated by the paleo community for its trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Coconut sugar is believed to have half as much impact on your blood sugar as regular sugar, ranking very low on the glycemic index, despite having just as many calories and carbohydrates.
Overnight oatmeal couldn’t be easier to make, only dirties one dish, and this recipe is a healthy way to have dessert as soon as you wake up. This will get you jumping out of bed.