By popular demand, I present to you today….my favorite overnight oats recipe! I jumped on the overnight oats train within the past year or so and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover them. If you haven’t done so yourself, you should definitely try these out asap!! It’s such an easy and delicious, filling, healthy breakfast for the weekdays. It’s quickly become my go-to breakfast. I tested out a lot of different variations before arriving at the recipe below. A lot of overnight oat recipes I read call for yogurt, which gives it a thicker texture and takes away from the oatmeal taste, in my opinion. I did find one interesting variation that I like (Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats), but that’s fancier/more involved and pretty different from these classic oats. I tested this recipe out on two skeptical guinea pigs—my sisters—and they both gave it a thumbs up! I was almost surprised (but not really surprised because these are so good) because Andie doesn’t like “sweet” breakfasts and she gave these oats a thumbs up too!
Some add ins to mix things up that I have tried include: blueberries, almond butter, sliced banana, raisins, and slivered almonds. When using fresh fruit I like to add that in the morning. Raisins and nuts can be added in at night, or in the morning. It’s really up to you and the sky is the limit when it comes to what to add!
My other favorite variation of OO’s is to replace the almond milk with chocolate almond milk. Chocolate for breakfast is always a yes. When I use chocolate milk, I leave out the honey and cinnamon because it isn’t needed.
If you’re not sold yet, here are some more reasons you should try overnight oats:
1. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, meaning they help keep you full for longer, help you stay hydrated, and lower blood pressure.
2. Cinnamon also has antioxidants in it and is an anti-inflammatory. Post-weekend bloat remedy anyone?
3. Honey is used as a sweetener rather than white sugar. Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, whereas processed white sugar does not contain any. Be careful though: not all honey is created equally. Locally sourced, raw honey tends to be better for you nutritionally than regular honey. See this article for more details: Raw Honey vs Honey
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup almond milk, unsweetened or sweetened
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Mix everything together and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 2 hours.