I love a no-effort breakfast. In the mornings I will always choose snooze over pretty much any morning activity that requires any form of effort. My Keurig has a timer so it is warmed up when I am up, I'll shower the night before, I make my lunch the night before, and I will literally do anything to get as much sleep as I can before the morning eventuality sets in. I am sure that I am not alone on this one either.
Well, if this sounds like you then perhaps you have tried overnight oats yourself.
As a meal, they're easy to prep ahead. Just add your milk of choice to oats and any desired fillers like chia seeds the night before. By the time you wake up, boom you have a breakfast that is ready for you.
Now Trader Joe's has pushed us into even less effort. However, that comes at a cost.
For $1.99 these are seemingly inexpensive. However, when you look at how much a big bag of rolled oats will set you back you will realize you are paying quite a premium for an inexpensive staple.
But in exchange, you are getting an item that is ready-made for you AND it has a pretty long shelf life for a refrigerated item.
However, that shelf life does seem to have some trade-offs. I've seen some of these looking like they have a layer of slime on top of the oats.
The oats are, well, mushy. But that is pretty much how overnight oats go. I much preferred this at room temperature than cold out of the refrigerator.
I do think they could have done a better job of bulking these up by adding in some chia seeds. But I'm sure if these prove popular they would add more flavors than just vanilla. And based on the packaging, they seem to check off a lot of boxes: kosher, gluten-free, and contains no added sugars beyond what is naturally in these products.
These are alright. I do think you can make better at home with minimal effort.
Would I buy this again? I might keep another on hand, but in all honesty, this would be an easy copycat recipe. If you are interested, just let me know in the comments section!
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The package of Trader Joe's Vanilla Overnight Oats:
Calories and ingredients
However, the allergy information for some reason is located at the bottom of the package:
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Trader Joe's Vanilla Overnight Oats
Product Name: Trader Joe's Vanilla Overnight Oats
Product Description: Trader Joe's Vanilla Overnight Oats are made for you overnight oats.
Trader Joe's Vanilla Overnight Oats are a grab and go breakfast option
- Easy and have a decently long shelf life in the refrigerator.
- Much cheaper to make your own
- Making your own will taste better