Overnight Oats is a simple, cheap, and healthy breakfast option that your kids will love! This versatile recipe will transform your boring oatmeal into something you’ll crave on busy mornings.
Every mom’s dream is to wake up and have breakfast already cooked. But what if this dream could be a reality?
Overnight oats is an easy and healthy breakfast option that you can grab from the fridge on those busy mornings. You can easily double or triple the recipe scale to make a big batch. Another great advantage of this recipe is that with one common base, you can easily customize it to your family’s preference. Adding just a few additional ingredients to your oatmeal will give you a unique twist on a classic dish. My Blueberry Coconut Bliss, Triple Berry, and Pina Colada work great during the summer months when blueberries and pineapple are at their peak, and the Apple Pie topping is perfect for the colder months. If you are looking for a year-round go-to, then you’ll want to stick with my Banana Peanut Butter Cup recipe!
WHAT DOES OVERNIGHT OATS TASTE LIKE?
When the oats are soaked in milk overnight, the grains will absorb the liquid it’s being soaked in and it’ll have a creamy porridge-like texture. This is different from the chewier, stickier, and almost gum-like texture of hot oatmeal.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF OVERNIGHT OATS?
Overnight oats is a recipe that is very inexpensive to make and will have you feeling full long after you’ve finished breakfast. Oats will make you feel full longer, and keep your energy levels up at the same time.
Oats are nutrient-rich with B vitamins, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. Oats are excellent for your brain, heart, and even your gut health. It also has an abundance of iron which will help with energy levels and muscle health. Oats have been known to lower blood pressure too!
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN OVERNIGHT OATS
- Oatmeal: You want to make sure you use old-fashioned oats for the best consistency. Do not use instant oats! If you need to keep this recipe gluten-free, you can also use a gluten-free oat variety.
- Milk: This is going to be the liquid portion of your overnight oatmeal recipe. You can use regular milk or a plant-based milk alternative such as almond, coconut, oat, or soy milk instead.
- Yogurt: This will give your overnight oatmeal a small boost of protein and a creamy flavor as well. In my recipes, I use greek yogurt, but you could also use a vegan yogurt alternative if you need this to be entirely plant-based.
- Honey: Oats are pretty bland, so you want to make sure you are using a sweetener for them. If you are vegan or need a sweetener that doesn’t include an animal byproduct, use maple syrup instead.
- Vanilla Extract
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are packed with a ton of nutrition into a tiny little seed; this will also give your oatmeal more of a pudding texture.
- Toppings: This is where you can have some fun with your overnight oatmeal! There are so many different combinations you can make that will improve the overall taste of your overnight oatmeal. If you want a basic version, then don’t add any additional toppings.
HOW TO MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS
Creating overnight oatmeal is a simple process. Stick to a 1.5:1 part ratio of liquid to oatmeal for the best porridge-like consistency.
Combine old-fashion oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract together.
Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to enjoy, top with your favorite toppings. If you like a little crunch, it is best to add nuts and seeds in right before eating. Except for chia seeds, this superfood needs to be soaked ahead of time to get that pudding texture.
OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE IDEAS
Need some topping ideas for your overnight oats? Here are some of my favorites!
BLUEBERRY COCONUT BLISS
- Coconut flakes
- Coconut flakes
- Ground cinnamon
- Three berries of choice (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry)
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER CUP
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
These overnight oats recipes are so easy to make and take only a few minutes to prepare at night, then in the morning, you have a delicious and healthy breakfast option ready to go! You can even make a few of these ahead of time to have a quick and easy meal prep option!
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- 1 cup Old-fashioned Oatmeal
- 1 cup Milk of Choice
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp Chia Seeds
Blueberry Coconut Bliss
- Coconut Flakes
- Coconut Flakes
- Ground Cinnamon
- 3 Berries of Choice (Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry)
- In a small jar or bowl, add dry ingredients: oatmeal and chia seeds
- Add Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract to the mixture
- Add your milk of choice and stir to combine
- Seal oatmeal and refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 hours
- When ready to enjoy, top with your favorite toppings!