A simple, basic recipe for overnight oats that you can tweak to make your own. They’re easy to prepare and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast. I’m giving you the details on all things overnight oats and sharing how to eat overnight oats year-round.
I’m a HUGE fan of warm oats, but overnight oats have held a special place in my heart since I discovered them in 2009. Overnight oats are so easy to prepare and the combinations of flavors are truly endless. I love that I can prep everything the night before and wake up to a ready-to-eat breakfast. I’ve experimented with so many different flavors and have compiled my favorite recipes but first… let’s dive into some facts about overnight oats!
How do you make overnight oats?
The base “recipe” for overnight oats is so simple! After you have your base, you can customize it with any toppings or flavors you like.
I typically mix 1 part oats with 1 part non-dairy milk of choice (usually 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk). If you’re feeling fancy, add some chia seeds or a little vanilla extract. Mix everything together, cover and put in the fridge overnight. Note: chia seeds absorb a ton of liquid so you may need to use more milk if you’re adding chia seeds. In the morning, the chia seeds and oats will have absorbed the liquid so you’ll have a delicious combo that’s ready to eat! Eat as is, or add in fruit, nuts, nut butter…the combinations are endless! Check out the base recipe and all the fun flavor ideas below.
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Add oats, milk, yogurt and sweetener into a jar or storage container with a lid. Stir ingredients together. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re in a rush and making them the morning of).
The next morning, remove lid and give oats a big stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more almond milk. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.
Nutrition information does not include toppings.
Serving Size:1 serving
Keywords: overnight oats, basic overnight oats
Can you eat overnight oats hot?
Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. If you can’t stand the thought of eating cold oats, just pop the oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout.
Can overnight oats help you lose weight?
Let me start by saying, oats are not the key to weight loss, but oatmeal is a great option when you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight! It is packed with fiber, but I recommend pairing it with protein to prevent blood sugar spikes. I love mixing in protein powder or Greek yogurt right to my overnight oats.
If there’s one thing you take away from this round up, let it be this: always have protein with your overnight oats. This is a simple base recipe for protein overnight oats that will keep you full for hours!