Overnight oats is a foolproof breakfast that can be as simple or complicated as you wish to make it. Start with oats, add liquid and toppings to a sealable container, and leave in your refrigerator overnight to work its magic. The oats will absorb the liquid and can be enjoyed cold or warm, although there is no need to cook the oats now that they have been sitting overnight.
You are going to get the best consistency when using plain, old-fashioned, rolled oats. Quick oats are designed to cook faster and will become mushy when using this overnight process.
You can use any kind of milk based on your preference. Regular dairy-based milk is often used as well as soy, almond, or coconut milk.
Generally, someone is looking for a healthier option than sugar when opting for overnight oats. Consider sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave, honey, or even a dash of vanilla. Start with a small amount and add more based on your preference. Using flavored yogurt is also a great option for sweetness and thickness.
This is where the oats get really creative. Things such as nuts, chocolate chips, granola, chia seeds, and fruit (fresh or dried) can really jazz up your breakfast! Try these combinations below for your next quick and easy breakfast.
- Carrot Cake Oats: Carrots, cinnamon, golden raisins, and pecans
- Blueberry French Toast Oats: Blueberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon
- Tropical Oats: Mango, coconut, banana, and chia seeds
- Cookie Dough Oats: Greek yogurt, almond butter, toasted coconut, and chocolate chips or cacao nibs