I LOVE breakfast. I need a good meal in the morning to start my day off right. Want to see me cranky? Deny me breakfast. Overnight Oats is one of my favorite things to eat in the AM. The idea is by no means new. If you search for “overnight oats” online, tons of recipes will pop up. Today, I will share some of my creations.
The base of this recipe is equal parts oats, yogurt and milk mixed together. Many people (myself included), also like to add chia seeds to the base. If you have never met Mr. Chia seeds, there are many reasons to make your acquaintance. It is a wonderful source of healthy omega-3 fats, fiber and protein. Ch-ch-ch-chia! Just had to do that…Ignore the dorkiness…
Other than that, there are endless possibilities in terms of what you can put in to enhance the oat. Fruits, nuts, seeds, different types of milk, yogurts and sweeteners…I adore experimenting and trying out that first bite (It’s usually delicious. Just saying).
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup milk (could be soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk)
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt/flavoued yogurt if you like
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
Ingredients (Some enhancer suggestions):
- Fresh/dried fruits: blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, bananas, peaches, cranberries
- Nuts: walnuts, cashew, peanuts, almonds
- Sweeteners: peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, jam, vanilla extract
- Seeds: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
- Spices: cinnamon, pumpkin spice
- Mix the base ingredients (with any sweeteners and spices) together in a mason jar, soup mug, or any vessel with a lid.
- Add in your choice of toppings (fruits and nuts). There are also people who prefer to add these in the morning instead.
- Place in fridge overnight.
- Wake up and enjoy!
Depending on the ingredients you use, I find that the overnight oats I make usually keep well in the fridge for at least 3 days. So I tend to make a couple mugs, enough for 2-3 breakfasts! Such a time saver!
Here are some ideas for you!
Energy Booster – Peanut Butter Banana
- 1 table spoon smooth peanut butter
- 1 chopped banana
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1 handful blueberries (optional)
Peanut butter and banana. Such a classic. In the winter, after taking this one out of the fridge, I like to heat it up in the microwave for a minute, until the banana is mushy and the peanut butter has melted. (In this case, I wait until after heating the oat to add the walnuts. I like to maintain the crunchiness of nuts) Honestly, it taste heavenly.
Autumn Morning – Peach & Grape Jam
- 1 half diced peach
- 1 tablespoon grape jam
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
This one just came out of an experiment recently. I wanted to play with some fall flavors. I used to not like cinnamon, but for some reason, I am so into it this year! If you like, you can also try adding in some pumpkin spice. Simply mix the spices with the base and top with jam and chopped peach chunks. Enjoy with a coffee and a cozy knit sweater. So autumn…
Summer Memory – Papaya & Coconuts
- 1/3 cup diced papaya
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconuts
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup coconut milk (optional)
I think not everyone likes the pungent smell of papaya…but I love it! But then again I like the smell of durians too (fun/weird fact about me). They just remind me of summer and make me feel like being somewhere tropical. This oat recipe is a perfect blast to summer vibe for me. You can replace regular milk with coconut milk to go all out for that tropical flavor. Top with the fruits and honey and you are all set. Suggestion: eat while playing you favorite summer tune. Now, can you hear the ocean? ~You and me, standing on the sunnnn~
Alternatively, if you are in a rush in the morning, you can always take this awesome breakfast to go. That’s the beauty of overnight oats. Not only is it nutritious, fun to make, pretty to look at, delicious, it is also portable! What more do you want I ask you?!
Here’s a picture of my hand pretending to work at home. When really, I’m probably on Pinterest. But you know, I bet tons of people out there take their breakfast to work O:-)