In this post, I share a simple to prepare, healthy breakfast perfect for eating at home or on the go.
Eating a healthy breakfast is the key to starting the day off right! But when I talk to people about healthy eating, the biggest obstacle is usually the lack of time to prepare the food when they want to eat it. I get it, we are busy. But with just a little preparation, you can have a healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you.
But today, let's talk oatmeal.
In the winter, I prefer my oatmeal cooked with some apples, cinnamon, and cardamom. But when the weather is warmer, overnight oats are a great option. You can prep several servings on a Sunday night and have breakfast waiting for your in your fridge all week long.
Just like with many of my favorite recipes, you can alter this one in a number of ways so it never gets boring. You can keep it really simple or jazz it up in a number of different ways.
Watch Me Make It
The Basic Overnight Oats & Berries Recipe
You can make individual servings using pint-sized canning jars, or make one big bowl to portion out each morning. Both methods are great, but the individual jars are best if you want to take your breakfast to go.
It's so simple. Equal parts oatmeal and milk and some fresh or frozen berries.
Note - Quick Oats will be too mushy and Steel Cut Oats don't soften enough without cooking.
Note - Any milk will do. You can use dairy milk, nut milk, oat milk, soy
Berries - fresh or frozen. Use what's in season, on sale, or just whatever you prefer.
To make individual jars:
In each jar place 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats and 1/2 cup milk - stir together. Top with 1/4 cup of washed berries. Put the top on the container and let sit in the refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours).
To make one large container:
In an 8-cup container with a lid (or bowl with plastic wrap) place 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, and 2 1/2 cups milk - stir to blend. You can top with 1 1/4 cup berries or keep berries in another container to place on top of individual servings as needed. This will make 5 servings.
Note: whether you're using individual or community-sized containers, feel free to adjust the amount of milk you use. I think using equal parts comes out pretty good, but I often add an extra little splash because I like my oatmeal looser. If you like it a little thicker, use less. It's totally customizable.
Looking for some ideas to jazz it up?
- Add a scant TBSP of chia seeds for every 1/2 cup of oats. You may wish to up your milk by a couple of TBSPs as well.
- If the berries aren't enough sweetness for you, drizzle with a little maple syrup or honey; or add a TBSP of your favorite berry jam.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a spoonful of peanut butter, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Top with some chopped nuts or granola to add texture.
- Use other fruits. Try diced plum, pineapple, or dried fruits like raisins, dates, prunes, or cranberries.
- Make it with the milk of your choice and then top it with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt.
What else would you add?