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Overnight Oats for Easier Mornings

How to Make Overnight Oats

 

If you’ve never tried overnight oats before, you’re missing out on a hearty breakfast that couldn’t be easier to prep the night before. All you need is oatmeal, some mason jars, your favorite ingredients, and some creativity.

 

The best part? These flavor-packed jars of nutrition are so easy to customize and experiment with. You can fill your mason jars with your favorite toppings, because tweaking the basic recipe is a snap. Here’s how to make your own overnight oats.

 

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are simply a blend of raw oatmeal, a liquid, and whatever else you’re craving. Most recipes call for  sweeteners of some variety, some use salt, and many recipes also include yogurt. But ultimately, the final product is completely up to you and your preferred taste.

 

To make your overnight oats, prep everything the night before and let it all soak. You’ll wake up to a creamy, delicious breakfast.

 

Overnight oats base ingredients

This is the base recipe you can use for your overnight oats creations:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or another liquid of choice (add more to thin it out, and also use more if adding chia seeds or other ingredients that soak up liquids)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 - 3 tsp honey, to taste

 

Simply add the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar, stir, cover, and refrigerate overnight (at least 4-8 hours).

 

What to add to your overnight oats

Now that you have your base recipe, it’s time for the fun part: choosing mix-ins! Three specific recipes are listed below:

 

Tropical Coconut Mango Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (instead of almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Frozen mango chunks

 

Banana/Almond Butter Overnight Oats:

  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Add in the morning:

  • Sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

Add in the morning:

  • Sliced banana
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

 

More ideas for overnight oats

Once you’ve perfected your base recipe, try making your own concoctions. Here are some mix-in ideas to get your taste buds going:

  • Nut butters
  • Ground flax seed
  • Berries
  • Dried fruit
  • Apples and cinnamon
  • Strawberries and cream cheese
  • Pumpkin
  • Cocoa powder
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave
  • Nuts of all varieties (add them in the morning to keep them crunchy)
  • Almond extract

 

… and the list goes on. In fact, you can probably find some tasty additions to your overnight oats the next time you open the pantry. No matter how you make your oats, one thing is for certain: waking up to a pre-made breakfast is a great way to start the day. Plus, as they say, breakfast ist the most important meal of the day.

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