If you’re new to overnight oats, then get ready to have your healthy breakfast dilemma solved. This overnight oats recipe is easy, quick, and a great make-ahead breakfast for any day of the week.
Traditionally, oats are cooked over the stove in warm water or milk to create oatmeal. The oatmeal is then topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and any other tasty additions that are desired. A breakfast of overnight oats looks similar, however, unlike warm oatmeal, the oats are not cooked.
Instead, raw oats are soaked in liquid overnight. The soaking process is important to the digestibility of the oats and proper absorption of their nutrients. The process of soaking the oats, however, is more hands-off than cooking the oats, which is why this overnight oats recipe is so useful.
Most people are running out the door in the morning, with little time to spend on making a wholesome breakfast. This overnight oats recipe is made the evening beforehand, making breakfast prep in the morning minimal.
This version is made with natural sweeteners and healthy ingredients to give you a positive start to your day. The overnight oats can also be made low-sugar by using stevia rather than maple syrup and swapping out bananas in favor of nuts.
Overnight Oats Recipe
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or a few drops of liquid stevia)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- fresh blueberries (about 1/2 cup)
- banana slices (about 1/4 a large banana)
- To a mason jar, add the rolled oats, almond milk, maple syrup, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon. Screw a lid onto the jar, then shake the jar a few times to get everything mixed and combined. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, add the blueberries to the top. Either enjoy immediately or take with you on the go.
Notes: Feel free to add other fruits like sliced strawberries or nut toppings before enjoying. You can also sub in quick oats instead of the rolled oats.
Recipe adapted from Hurry the Food Up