Overnight Oats are perfect for busy mornings, all you need is a 5 minutes prep before going to bed and you can have a delicious, filling, and healthy breakfast the next morning.
Of all the things that could make my life (a lot) easier, time management and organization are definitely on the top of my list. Because the truth is, I’m not good at neither.
And it’s not like I don’t try. Seriously, every morning I start my day with a plan, a list of things I want to get done and the best intention to accomplish all of them. Problem is, somewhere along the way, my plan magically disappears. It drives me crazy. And everyone around me too, for that matter.
So, I’ve decided, it’s time to do something about it. And in case "someone" (and by someone I mean my sister) doesn’t believe me, here’s the proof: it’s Monday; I have to leave the house by 7:45am; and breakfast is already waiting for me in the fridge. Yep, I actually thought about it and made it ahead of time. How’s that for being organized, uh?
Well, at least it's a start. Baby steps.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight night oats are healthy no-cook make ahead breakfast. The basic overnight oat recipe is made by soaking rolled oats overnight with your favorite plant-based milk or regular milk and letting them sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning you will have a ready to eat grab and go breakfast.
Using this method the oats soak up all the liquid and they soften without heat for a creamy satisfying consistency. We also recommend adding seeds, nuts, fruit and a sweetener. While overnight oats are typically eaten cold, they can also be heated for a quick and healthy breakfast in the colder months.
How to make overnight oats
1. Start with a basic overnight oats recipe and adjust it to your liking
To the basic overnight oats recipe, you can add fruit, nut butter, nuts, replace sweetener for mashed banana etc.
2. Mix all the ingredients ( see options and add-ons below) really well in a large bowl and divide into 4 glass jars or containers with lids. Refrigerate overnight.
3. As you get used to making overnight you can adjust the ingredients depending on your taste. You can add more oats for thicker oats, more milk for looser oats, more or less sweetener and chia seeds. That’s up to you.
4. In the morning you could add fresh fruit and nuts or have them already mixed into the oats.
Ingredients in overnight oats
Oats: use old fashioned oats for best results, not quick oats ( they will be too mushy) or steel cut oats ( they will not soften)
Milk: You may use your favorite plant-based milk such as soy, almond, oat, flax, quinoa, cashew etc or just plain regular milk.
Chia Seeds: they add fiber, protein, they are filling and give the overnight oats a thicker consistency.
Sweetener: we recommend a liquid sweetener such as honey, agave or maple syrup to make it easier to mix in. For a sugar-free option may try stevia, a mashed banana or some dried fruit.
Fruit: you have the option to use fresh or frozen fruit. We recommend adding the frozen fruit to the oats overnight, and adding the fresh fruit right before eating the oats.
Nuts: sprinkle any nuts of your choice right before eating.
Other toppings: you can be as creative as you like with your toppings . Let us know what your favorite toppings are.
Other Overnight Oats Recipes
- Red White and Blue Overnight Oats
- Easy Overnight Oats with Figs and Coconut
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats
- Cashew and Banana Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are good for you because they are:
- High in fiber
- Satisfying. Keep you full longer and help control hunger
- A healthy breakfast
- Easy and quick to make
- Last in the fridge for 3-4 days
- They can be customized to your liking
If you have 5 minutes before going to bed, you can have a delicious, healthy and filling overnight oat breakfast the next morning.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or any plant-based milk of your choice
- 2 organic apples
- 2 tbsp honey (vegans sub for maple syrup or agave)
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt (vegans sub for vegan yogurt)
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 4 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, chia seeds and almond milk. Mix well and set aside
- Peel and grate the apples. Add lemon juice and honey and mix well
- Add greek yogurt and apples to the oat mixture. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Alternatevely you can divide the mixture into 4 glass containers with a lid or even better divide into indidual containers in the morning when the oats are set.
- Before serving, top with ¼ cup pomegranate seeds and 1 tbsp almonds per cup of overnight oats.
- For a breakfast on the go prepare the oatmeal in individual glass jars.
Not pomegranate season? Add strawberries, blueberries, peaches or any seasonal fruit.
- To reduce the amount of sugar use unsweetened almond milk and plain yogurt.
- Category: breakfast
- Method: raw
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 309
- Sugar: 25.9
- Sodium: 65
- Fat: 8
- Saturated Fat: .9
- Unsaturated Fat: 2.9
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 49.6
- Fiber: 9.3
- Protein: 11.2
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: gluten-free, kosher, overnight oats, easy breakfast, grab and go breakfast