Morning Magic: Overnight Oats

Quick? Easy? Nutritious? Delicious? No cooking required? Yes, please! Overnight oats are all of these things.  Overnight oats are also a great option for those struggling for breakfast ideas due to food allergies or vegan eating styles as the ingredients can be flexible.

Check out this video for a basic overnight oat recipe and other tips:

Tips:

  • Be sure to use rolled oats.  Instant oats and steel cut oats will not produce the same texture.
    • If you prefer a chewier texture, steel cut oats can be used but must be soaked at least 10 hours before eating.  If this is still too chewy, soak longer.
  • Substitute soy, almond, or other plant based yogurt and milk if you like.
    • Adjust the liquid amount to create your preferred texture.  Use more liquid for a creamier texture or less liquid for a chewier texture.
  • Additions: so many choices!
    • Any fresh, frozen, or dried fruit
    • Nuts
    • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia, etc.)
    • Coconut
    • Spices
    • Cocoa
    • Nut butter
    • Citrus zest
    • Vanilla
    • Protein powder
    • Coffee and cocoa for mocha flavor

Recipe Ideas:

  • Strawberry banana
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Peanut butter banana (add chocolate to make it chunky monkey)
  • Banana, blueberry, and walnut
  • Strawberry and cocoa
  • Coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nut
  • Mixed berry and almond
  • Peach raspberry
  • Cocoa and coconut with almonds (almond joy!)
  • Carrot cake (grated carrots, apple pie spice, cinnamon, walnuts, raisins)
  • Cocoa and peanut butter
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Pumpkin pie (pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice)
  • Cherry, chia, and almond