Make the perfect batch of overnight oats! It's one of the easiest, no-cook breakfast options that will give you a healthy grab-and-go breakfast to enjoy! Bonus - it's endlessly customizable!
If you're like me who LOVES breakfast, then you have got to make this super easy recipe of Overnight Oats! All you have to do is whip it up before bedtime and set it in the fridge until morning. That's it. No cooking, baking, and even no extra dishes if you want to go that far! It's totally a win for breakfast!
The beauty of overnight oats is not just the no baking part, but that you can be as creative as you want to be. The base recipe is delicious and filling on it's own. But I love to spruce it up a bit with a variety of add-ins. Including, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, jams, and more! I'll share my favorite version, but feel free to share your thoughts and overnight oats creativity on insta or facebook with the hashtag #emily_kovalev or @emily_kovalev.
Technically you only need oats and milk to make Overnight Oats, but I love adding chia seeds, yogurt, and a smidge of maple syrup or honey in mine. That't what will make it ultra creamy and tasty!
- Old Fashioned Oats. Old fashioned oats have the best texture. And if you want to make this recipe gluten free, make sure to buy the Gluten-Free Certified Oats.
- Milk. I used oat milk, but you can use any other nut milk or regular milk you have on hand! And yes, even water works, if that's how you like your oats!
- Chia Seeds. These amazing seeds make the oats very thick and creamy. Plus, they have really good health benefits and give great nutrient boost! Totally optional, but hey, if they promote good gut health, why not?!
- Honey. I love just a tad bit of honey to sweeten my oats. You can use maple syrup or any other sweetener you have. Or you don't have to sweeten it at all!
- Vanilla Extract. Literally the secret ingredient in almost anything! It add just a little hint of something. And it smells absolutely amazing!
Healthy Benefits of Overnight Oats
A warm bowl of oatmeal is still pretty high on my list when it comes to healthy breakfasts. But let tell you a little secret - overnight oats does wonders to your gut health specifically. Which is why I've always been told to eat my porridge growing up! Here's just a few reasons you should consider making some Overnight Oats.
- It is a Nutritional Powerhouse. Besides being really rich in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, oats contain a very wide range of vitamins and good minerals that promote a very happy healthy gut.
- Digestion Problems? No Problem. Soaking your oats helps to break down those starches down and reducing phytic acid. Means that its easier to digest. Perfect for gluten sensitivities.
- Contains Higher Dose Of Resistant Starch. Resistant start is a natural carb that helps with digestion, weight loss, and makes you feel full. Luckily, cooled starchy foods, like overnight oats, have a hight resistant starch.
- Time and Money Savers. Oats is probably one thing that should always be in your pantry! It's one of the best ingredients to have on hand and a healthy way to eat on a budget. Best of all, prepping overnight oats takes no skill, and little effort.
How to Make Overnight Oats
For two small servings, you could literally make in a medium mason jar. And you won't have any extra dishes to wash in the morning!
- Stir All Ingredients Together. In a small jar, stir all of your ingredients together. Oats, milk, chia seeds, and honey.
- Soaking Time. Place your jar in the fridge for 2 hours. But preferably overnight.
- Add Your Toppings And Serve. In the morning, feel free to eat as is, or add your favorite toppings. Such as:
-Fresh or Frozen Berries
-And any other Extra Flavors
How to Store and Meal Prep
Whether you're making one batch for two servings, or three batches for a whole week, it's definitely worth meal prepping these guys!
- To Store. Overnight Oats will keep for up to five days in the fridge. If you have fresh fruit or fruit mix-ins, I recommend no more than three to four days, since fruit tends to go bad first. Or add in fruit later.
- To Freeze. Yes, you can definitely freeze them. Overnight Oats will stay good for several months in the freezer. To thaw, leave in the fridge over night, then eat the next morning.
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- 1 cup Oat Milk, or any milk
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 tsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Put in the fridge for 2 hours or preferably overnight.
- Customize with greek yogurt, berries, granola, or chocolate.