Overnight Oats Recipe

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Overnight Oats Recipe

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Hey there! Whenever someone asks for a quick and healthy breakfast idea, I always recommend overnight oats. They’re a lifesaver for busy mornings – you can prep them in individual jars ahead of time and grab them on the go. Plus, they’re packed with good stuff like oats, chia seeds, and yogurt (optional), and keep you feeling satisfied until lunchtime. But the best part? They’re endlessly customizable!

Think oatmeal is boring? Not a chance! Once you master the basic overnight oats recipe, you can get creative with all sorts of mix-ins, like cocoa powder or vanilla extract. And don’t forget the toppings – nuts, seeds, fresh fruit – the possibilities are endless! To get you inspired, I’m sharing my go-to base recipe along with four delicious variations below. Give them a try, and then mix and match to create your own perfect overnight oats!

My Favorite Overnight Oats Base

When I first started experimenting with overnight oats, I kept it simple: oats, milk (almond or coconut), and maple syrup. But then I discovered the magic of chia seeds! They add an amazing texture – thick, creamy, almost like chia pudding – and they’re also a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Here’s what you’ll need for my go-to base recipe:

  • Oats: Use whole rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats. Quick oats will get mushy, and steel-cut oats will be too chewy.
  • Chia seeds: These little guys are the key to that perfect texture and add a nutritional boost.
  • Milk: Any kind you like! Dairy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk all work well. Coconut milk adds a richer flavor and makes it extra creamy.
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup or honey are my go-tos.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to enhance the flavors.
  • Greek yogurt (optional): This adds more protein and creaminess, but you can skip it for a dairy-free option.

Making it Happen: Easy as 1-2-3!

Here’s the super simple process for making overnight oats:

  1. Grab a jar or container with a lid. Toss in the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup/honey, salt, and yogurt (if using).
  2. Pour in your milk of choice and stir it all together really well. Make sure there are no chia seeds hiding at the bottom or clinging to the sides!
  3. Pop the lid on and refrigerate overnight, or up to 5 days.

Meal Prepping Like a Pro

Making a bunch of overnight oats at once? Here’s a tip: Set out a Mason jar for each serving. Add all the dry ingredients (oats, chia seeds, etc.) to each jar. Then, instead of pouring milk into all the jars at once, add it to one jar at a time, stirring well before moving on to the next. This helps prevent the chia seeds from clumping up. Once everything’s mixed, refrigerate those jars until breakfast time!

Top it Off!

I recommend waiting to add toppings until the morning you plan to enjoy your oats. This keeps your nuts, seeds, and granola nice and crunchy, and your fruit fresh and bright.

Now for the Fun Part: Flavor Variations!

Ready to unleash your inner oatmeal artist? Here are four of my favorite overnight oat variations:

  • Apple Pie Overnight Oats: This fall-inspired beauty features applesauce, warm spices mixed into the base, and a delightful topping of diced apples and toasted pecans. Bonus points if you have some leftover cinnamon apples on hand – they add an “apple pie filling” magic touch!
  • Peach Crisp Overnight Oats: Topped with sweet, juicy peaches and nutty granola, this recipe is a delicious tribute to classic peach crisp.
  • PB&J Overnight Oats: A childhood favorite gets a grown-up twist! This variation is loaded with creamy peanut butter and a burst of berry flavor from strawberry chia jam. Fresh berries and toasted peanuts add extra texture, and for a fun switch, try using almond butter and toasted almonds instead.
  • Chocolate Banana Bread Overnight Oats: Craving chocolate? Look no further! This variation gets its flavor from cocoa powder, mashed banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Top it off with sliced bananas, walnuts, and a few chocolate chips for ultimate indulgence.

These are just a few ideas to get you started! Feel free to experiment with different spices, protein powder in the oat base, or toppings like seasonal fruit, dried fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, or even nut butters. Find your favorite combinations and share them in the comments below – I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight Oats Recipe


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  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

Hey there! Whenever someone asks for a quick and healthy breakfast idea, I always recommend overnight oats. They’re a lifesaver for busy mornings – you can prep them in individual jars ahead of time and grab them on the go. Plus, they’re packed with good stuff like oats, chia seeds, and yogurt (optional), and keep you feeling satisfied until lunchtime. But the best part? They’re endlessly customizable!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (more for serving)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Toppings (fruits, nuts, nut butter, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Mix oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, salt, and milk in a jar.
  2. Stir well, then refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, top with your favorite ingredients and enjoy!

Notes

Variations:

  • Apple Pie: Add applesauce, cinnamon, and diced apple.
  • Peach Crisp: Top with peach slices and granola.
  • PB&J: Use chia jam (recipe below) and peanut butter with your favorite berries and nuts.
  • Chocolate Banana Bread: Mash banana with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top with banana slices, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Chia Jam (Optional):

  • Cook and mash strawberries with lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt.
  • Stir in chia seeds and refrigerate.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: breakfast

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 200-300
  • Sugar: 10-15
  • Sodium: Low (50grams)
  • Fat: Moderate
  • Saturated Fat: Low
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: Negligible
  • Carbohydrates: 30-40
  • Fiber: 5-10 grams
  • Protein: 5-10 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0

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