These EASY OVERNIGHT OATS, also known as overnight oatmeal, are a healthy start to every day!
It should come as no surprise that Carol and I went down yet another rabbit hole chatting about good food. This time the general spin went to breakfast ideas. The bonus round; healthy breakfast recipe ideas. In thinking about how time is always of the essence, we came away with a straightforward approach to this EASY OVERNIGHT OATS recipe.
If the concept of OVERNIGHT OATS is new to you, here are a few things we discovered in crafting the recipe:
No cooking or baking involved
Puts lots of vitamin-rich ingredients to good use
Made in under 5 minutes
Can be personalized by adding your favourite toppings
Sounds perfect, right? Here’s how to make our EASY OVERNIGHT OATS:
No, your eyes do not deceive you, there are only six ingredients to make this breakfast cereal. Finding these choice ingredients is easy, although we expect you may already have most in your pantry. We suggest you consider using gluten-free or steel-cut oats, and we also think unsweetened oat, nut or dairy-free milk works best. Hint: try the recipe with almond milk, soy milk, or another favourite, cashew milk. We do add a teaspoon of dark brown sugar as a sweetener and for the pleasingly rich, caramel flavour notes it gives. Feel free to swap the sugar with maple syrup – makes it quite yummy.
Wait for it; place all of the ingredients into a bowl, mason jar or storage container and stir together. Honestly, the entire process from start to finish is all so very easy. It brings the concept of old-fashioned oats to the modern age! One thing we should clarify is that we crafted the recipe as a single serving. That said, if you’re making OVERNIGHT OATS for a number of people or if you’re the type who gets a jump on weekly meal prep, simply double, triple or quadruple the recipe. Then just portion the oats into containers, seal them up and place them in the fridge until use.
Here’s the thing we love most about this recipe; where you get to make it your own by adding your favourite toppings. This option to add pretty much whatever also opens the door for variety. Seriously, we’re thinking you can create a different version of this delicious, healthy meal idea every time. Toppings are your friend.
If you usually have fresh fruit kicking around, consider topping your oats with chopped apples, pears, plums or peaches. Feeling a bit tropical? Try chunks of pineapple, mango or kiwi with slices of banana. Here’s a berry good idea; how about raspberries, strawberries or blueberries? Fresh fruit is delicious with these oats.
Another topping idea includes dried fruits like raisins, sun-dried cranberries, currants, goji berries and chopped dried apricots or mango. We’ve also tried the dish with a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut… fab!
Still thinking of topping ideas? Don’t forget to add a bit of nutty seediness to your bowl. Add chopped pecans, walnuts, cashews and sliced almonds and then for the seed component, sesame, pumpkin, flax and even more chia seeds. Nuts add a lot of fibre.
Lastly, feel free to top the oats with flavour enhancers like fresh fruit syrup, maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and vitamin-rich nut butter like peanut butter, sunflower and almond. These add-ins will give lots of enjoyable flavours.
As you can see from the photo, these EASY OVERNIGHT OATS sure are a beautiful treat. We love how the oats and chia seeds get soft overnight when they soak up the liquid – the texture is soft, almost creamy. The addition of the toppings though really creates something special. All you need to do is stir everything up and enjoy!
EASY OVERNIGHT OATS are an awesome way to start the day!