Are you guys familiar with overnight oats? As the name implies, they are oats, or oatmeal, that you let sit overnight. No cooking required! The oats break down to an almost pudding-like consistency overnight. They are typically eaten cold, but of course you can do whatever you want with them 🙂 I love to throw them together the night before as I’m heading up to bed so they’re ready for breakfast in the morning. Usually, I eat the oats in the same container they sit in overnight. Less cleanup is always a win. Overnight oats are also very healthy, filled with fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats.
There are many, many variations to customize overnight oats to your liking. Don’t like coconut? Don’t add it! Prefer almond butter to peanut? Do it up. Below, I’m going to give you the basic, standard recipe. There are countless options for add ins – choose your favorites, try different varieties, and mix it up! This recipe is also easy to double or triple, depending on how many mouths you have to feed in the morning. Additionally, as I mentioned above, it is very convenient to make overnight oats in a container you can eat out of. As trendy as they may be, mason jars are very convenient for overnight oats. Sometimes, when I’ve reached the end of the peanut or almond butter jar, I use that jar to make my oats in. Less clean up again!
Overnight Oats – The Basics
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 – 2/3 cup milk of choice (cow’s, soy, almond, cashew, rice, goat’s, coconut…)
1/3 cup of greek yogurt (optional, but delicious!)
1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seed
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
0-2 tsp sweetener (stevia, honey, maple syrup, sugar, etc. Adjust to your tastes)
Combine all ingredients in a jar and let sit overnight. In the morning, add in fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, or other favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Ways to Modify
Gluten Free: Use gluten free oats
Lower Sugar: Omit any sweetener, use unsweetened milk, limit fruit mix ins
Vegan: Use plant-based milk, omit yogurt, use maple syrup
Mix – In Options:
- almond or peanut butter (if you use this, add in at night so it sits overnight.)
- cocoa powder
- raisins / dried cranberries / date pieces
- fresh fruit – sliced apple, banana slices, mango, pineapple, berries – fresh or frozen (if frozen, add in night before), peaches, plums, figs, cherries…
- almond slices / walnut or pecan pieces
- pumpkin puree
- chocolate chips
- sunflower seed kernels, pumpkin seeds
- protein powder
- coconut flakes
The combination possibilities are endless! Enjoy!