Overnight Oats By Deanna Halls
If you have a busy lifestyle or are not quite a morning person, and you would like to have a filling and healthy breakfast—overnight oatmeal might be what you’re looking for. It is inexpensive and easy to make. With just a little preparation the night before, your breakfast will be ready to grab and go! See below for the recipe and the supplies you’ll need.
Main ingredients: (oats to liquid ratio is 1:1)
- ½ cup of Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ cup of non-dairy milk alternative of your choice (i.e. Almond, soy or, hemp milk, etc.)
- Now for the fun, optional add-ins:
- Sweeteners: Maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar are great options
- Spices: ½-1 tsp of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract
- Fresh fruit: slices of apple, banana, peaches, and berries; raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
- Add-ins: cacao nibs, nuts, seeds, dried fruit
- Other ideas: protein powder, cacao powder, fruit purees and so much more!
As you can see, being creative is key and will make overnight oats into a new experience every morning!
Overnight Oats Basic Steps:
1. *Add ½ cup oats (old fashioned or rolled oats) to a small bowl or jar. Add ½ cup nondairy milk. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
2. Stir the oats and non-dairy milk.
3. Mix in your choice of spices, sweeteners and anything else that you want to be soaked by the liquid mixture overnight.
4. For a crunch, you may nuts, granola, and seeds. Add those in the next day before serving.
5. Pour oat mixture into jar(s) and place covered in the fridge to set overnight
6. When ready to serve, add any fresh fruit and nuts you'd like and add additional spices or sweetener as desired. You can also add more non-dairy milk if you desire.
*may double the recipe to have 1 cup oats and 1 cup non-dairy milk, for two servings.
Tips on Overnight Oats:
- Make sure to use either rolled or old-fashioned oats, as these will absorb the liquid in just 8 hours in time for breakfast. Do not use steel cut oats, it won’t work.
- I suggest using an unsweetened non-dairy milk, so as to control the sugar content and sweetness of your oats. Remember dried fruits, berries, and bananas can add a naturally sweet taste in addition to your added sweeteners.
- Think about your day on what nutritional value you would like to include in your diet for the day. For example:
- For higher protein content, you may add nut butter or protein powders which will also make for a more satisfying and filling breakfast.
- For an antioxidant boost, add in some berries like blueberries or blackberries.
- Need a shot of caffeine, perhaps add a shot of espresso for a mocha inspired flavor and energy.
- If you do not like cold oatmeal, the next day you may warm up in a microwave or over the stovetop.
How about a recipe to try, here is my favorite:
Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 ½ TBSP unsweetened crunchy peanut butter
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 banana, sliced2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp honey
- Mix oats and almond milk in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
- Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Slice banana.
- In a mason jar, layer oat mixture with slices of banana and peanut butter.
- Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight.
- Drizzle honey over top, and serve chilled or warmed!
Deanna's dream is to inspire women of all ages to become their best selves by encouraging an active lifestyle, healthy eating, and a healthy mind. She enjoys spending time with her family, eating great food, and laughing.