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Overnight Oats

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If you want to change up your breakfast routine try these fantastic overnight oats. They are creamy, delicious, and nutritious. Make individual servings, or make a large batch for the whole week. A few minutes of prep the night before, and you’ve got a healthy meal for the morning. 

Instead of cooking oats on the stove or in the microwave, leaving them to sit for several hours in milk softens them up as if they were cooked. It’s just a non-cooking way to make old fashioned oats. And let me assure you, they are so good. If you love oatmeal then you will love overnight oats.

The sky’s the limit as to what type of toppings you can add. Once you make the base recipe add any fruits, seeds, or nuts of your choosing. The beauty of this nutrition packed breakfast is customizing it to your liking. 

I love the addition of chia seeds since they are loaded with good stuff. Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods. They have plenty of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are tiny but they do add some nice texture to the oats.

Overnight oats are beneficial to your health, and they taste really good too. That’s a winning combo. Have fun with this recipe.

Happy Eating!

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 

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Overnight Oats

Ingredients

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk

¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Directions 

  1. In a small jar add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup or honey. 
  2. Stir to combine the ingredients. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  4. Stir the oats before serving. Add the toppings. Enjoy!

Notes 

  • Old fashioned oats are ideal. Steel cut oats don’t soften up. Quick oats get soggy.
  • Milk. Use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk as an alternative.
  • Yogurt. You can swap out dairy based yogurt for plant based. Or omit the yogurt.
  • Other add-ins. Add vanilla extract or almond extract. Add peanut butter, jams, dried fruits, protein powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seed, or anything else you like. Be creative.
  • Add fresh fruit and toppings just before serving. The fruit and nuts will get mushy if they sit mixed in the oats overnight. 
  • Enjoy the oats cold or warm. Just heat them up for a minute or two in the microwave if you prefer warm oats. Both cold and warm are delicious.
  • Use any type of jar or glassware. Make sure to cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • You can make a large batch. If you don’t want to make individual servings just increase the ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Cover the bowl, refrigerate overnight, and scoop out the amount you want each morning. 
  • Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Strawberry:

Fresh strawberries chopped 

2 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread

2 tablespoon cashews chopped

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Banana:

Sliced banana 

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons peanuts chopped

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Raspberry:

Fresh raspberries

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

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Blueberry:

Fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons pistachios chopped 

 

 

Go to the link below for this recipe and more. I write a monthly article for Mustard Seed Sentinel called Meghan’s Corner. Mustard Seed Sentinel is a faith based publication that includes recipes, book reviews, and so much more. Check it out and subscribe for great content. 

https://www.mustardseedsentinel.com/post/meghan-s-corner-overnight-oats

17 thoughts on “Overnight Oats”

  1. It’s my favourite way to eat oats in the morning. I lived off of overnight oats when I was in school or days when I had to be at the hospital for an early shift. I would use whatever I had which usually consisted of raisins, maple syrup, and bananas.

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    1. I can see why you lived off of them. They are really filling and so delicious. It’s nice to be able to use whatever you’ve got on hand to make the oats. Thanks Hilary, for that great endorsement of overnight oats. It may encourage someone to give them a try.

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      1. I also recommend chia seed pudding. It’s another overnight recipe that’s super easy to make, and highly nutritious 🤗

        Yes, I highly endorse overnight oats. It’s seriously a life changer for people who would otherwise skip breakfast. What’s great about oats is that they also help prevent mid-morning sugar crashes. I wouldn’t eat for 9+ hours during the day (I don’t eat while working, not even on breaks….and I still don’t eat while working) so I really relied on the oats to get me through tough clinical rotations. To this day I still rely on overnight oats and/or chia seed pudding.

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      2. I’ve been wanting to try chia pudding. Chia seeds are amazing. They are loaded with nutrition.
        You’re right about the mid-morning crashes not happening with overnight oats. That’s incredible that you could go that long without eating after having the oats. Especially in such a demanding job. You have sold me to keep making them. I bet others too. Thanks so much Hilary! 💜

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