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Overnight Oats | 5 Ways | Healthy breakfast

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

 

Overnight oats are healthy make-ahead breakfast that can be prepped the night before or on a meal prep day as the same stays good in refrigerator for 3-4 days. I always prep the night before to avoid skipping breakfast in busy morning and to curb the easy way- Take out!

I'm sharing my best tips and favorite recipes. These are legitimately delicious, easy to make and enticing enough to get me out of bed.


Overnight oats are typically served chilled straight out of refrigerator, but you can heat up in the microwave if hot is what you crave.


How to make overnight oats


I make my overnight oats with old-fashioned rolled oats. I add chia seeds for pudding like texture, more fibre and for omega-3's, and a spoonful of nut butter to give them smooth silk like texture.





This is what you will need to make overnight oats


Oats: You can't make overnight oats without oats! Overnight oats are typically made with traditional rolled oats but any toasted oats or quick-cooking oats will also do. But the instant oats will be mushy as it doesn't hold well.


Chia Seeds: This is optional but I always use them in my batch, they absorb moisture and makes overnight oats creamy. Chia seeds have omega-3's and a ton of fiber just like oats.


Nut Butter: Almond butter or peanut butter makes these oats extra creamy and contain healthy fat. They give oats savory and nutty flavor.


Milk of Choice: You can use your favorite milk here (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or cow's milk) You could use water instead but the final product won't be creamy.

The amount of liquid is key to the consistency - I like my overnight oats concentrated thick and creamy while my hubby likes it runny.


Sweetener: Add a drizzle of sweetener of your choice. I use honey to sweeten things up and to make it more enticing.


Fruit: Now that we have formed the base of oats, I like to add fruit.


CLASSIC OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: 5 mins


Author: Ranjani

Yield: 2




INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup milk of choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)


METHOD

1. Place all ingredients in a large glass container or mason jar and mix until combined.

2. Put the top on the container and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hrs.


 

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS


Chocolate peanut butter might be more classic than the classic oats. Its like having a decadent dessert for breakfast without the guilt.


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: 5 mins


Author: Ranjani

Yield: 2


INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup milk of choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)

2 tablespoon of natural peanut butter

2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder


METHOD

1. Place all ingredients in a large glass container or mason jar and mix until combined.

2. Put the top on the container and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hrs.


 

CARROT CAKE OVERNIGHT OATS


This is another example of having dessert for breakfast. This overnight oats has all flavor of carrot cake plus a ton of nutritional value.


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: 5 mins


Author: Ranjani

Yield: 2


INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup milk of choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)

1 large carrot, peeled and shredded

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoon of softened cream cheese

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup of raisins

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder


METHOD

1. Place all ingredients in a large glass container or mason jar and mix until combined.

2. Put the top on the container and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hrs.

3. Top with more coconut cream, toasted coconut flakes and cinnamon.


 

APPLE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 10 mins


Author: Ranjani

Yield: 2


INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup milk of choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)

1 apple, cored and cubed

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

a splash of maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon of butter

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder


METHOD

1. In a pan add butter, apple cubes, cinnamon powder and maple syrup, saute it over medium flame until apple are softened.

2. Place all ingredients in a large glass container or mason jar along with apple mixture and mix until combined.

3. Put the top on the container and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hrs.


 

TROPICAL FRUIT OVERNIGHT OATS


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0

Total Time: 5 mins


Author: Ranjani

Yield: 2


INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup milk of choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)

1/2 cup of mango chunks

1/2 cup of pineapple chunks

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


METHOD

1. Place all ingredients in a large glass container or mason jar and mix until combined.

2. Put the top on the container and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hrs.



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