Overnight Oats - an incredibly simple make-ahead oatmeal recipe that’s easily customizable. These oats are sure to become your new go-to breakfast.
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Is your breakfast super rushed? Or non-existent? I understand. I’m not much of a morning person and would always rather get a couple extra minutes of sleep. This meant not much time for breakfast and running out of the house without breakfast. This was a constant struggle...until I discovered Overnight Oats.
These Overnight Oats are quick and simple to make. Just throw all your oatmeal ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar, stir, cover and refrigerate until morning. I typically heat it up in the morning, but it’s also great enjoyed cold.
A few minutes of work the night before will reward you with a nutrient-packed, ready-to-go breakfast.
- Get your morning dose of protein, healthy fats and fiber—a perfect combination for a balanced breakfast that’ll keep you going into lunch.
- Flax and nuts provides healthy fats—Omega 3’s—and fiber, which fills you up and comes with healthy benefits like reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.
- Oats—another whole grain—are packed with lots of wonderful fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
These Overnight Oats will become your new go-to breakfast. No more skipping breakfast on those rushed mornings. They’re super fast to make, packed with nutrient-dense foods and make for a deliciously satisfying prep-ahead breakfast.
Ready to make these simple Overnight Oats? Let’s do it!
1 - Combine all the ingredients (oats, milk, fruit, nuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, spices and sweetener) in a mason jar or another container with a tight-fitting lid.
2 - Stir to combine, seal and refrigerate overnight up to 4 days. Note: you may need to add more liquid as it sits for longer. You can heat up the oatmeal in the microwave or eat it cold - either way is great. Enjoy!
Overnight Oats: Tips, Tricks and Tools
I like my oatmeal super creamy so I add the extra 2 tablespoons of milk (and sometimes more) in the morning. Adjust the liquid levels to reach your desired consistency, but just know the oatmeal will thicken overnight. I often add a bit more milk in the morning just before serving.
Tools: All you need is a mason jar or container to store the oatmeal overnight.
Fruit options: I generally add frozen berries, dried cranberries, sliced banana or a chopped apple or pear. But just about any fruit works - dried, fresh or frozen.
Make it vegan/dairy-free by using a nut-based or coconut milk, and use maple syrup instead of honey.
Variations: Add Greek yogurt, almond butter, or change it up with different fruit and nut combinations. I especially like dates, pecans and maple syrup. Also try it with apple butter instead of honey - I usually increase it to one tablespoon if I use apple butter.
Make it nut-free by using seeds like pepitas or sunflower seeds.
Make it gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.
We hope you love these quick and simple Overnight Oats!
Overnight Oats are super quick and simple to make. The perfect made-ahead breakfast for an easy morning.
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"Good food is very often, even most often, simple food." - Anthony Bourdain
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 ½ cup + 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons fruit dried, fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews) chopped
- ½ tablespoon ground flax
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ tablespoon honey / agave / maple syrup
- cinnamon / nutmeg sprinkle
- Combine ingredients: Mix all ingredients in a mason jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Shake and seal: Shake or stir to combine. Seal and refrigerate overnight up to 4 days (more liquid may be needed if it sits longer). Enjoy!
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