In this post, I share a simple-to-prepare & healthy overnight oats recipe, perfect for eating at home or on the go. I like to customize the oats for the seasons. In the Spring I shared a version using fresh berries. You can learn more about it HERE. But, it's Fall now and I want to bring some fall flavors into my overnight oats.
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.
You can prep several servings on a Sunday night and have breakfast waiting for you 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.
The Basic Overnight Oats 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.
Quick Oats will be too mushy and Steel Cut Oats don't soften enough without cooking.
Any milk will do. You can use dairy milk, nut milk, oat milk, soy milk, or rice milk.
Use whatever combination of sweetener, fruit, nuts, or spices that sounds good to you.
To make individual jars:
In each jar place 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats and 1/2 cup milk - stir together. Add any spices. Top with 1/4 cup of Add-ins. 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 add-ins or keep the add-ins 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.
Watch Me Make It
Autumn Flavor Add-Ins
Let's zest up our oatmeal with some Fall flavors!
Fall Flavor #1 - Sweeten with 1 tsp maple syrup, add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 apple (diced).
Fall Flavor #2 - Sweeten with 2 tsp maple syrup, add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, a heaping TBSP of canned pumpkin, and 1 TBSP chopped pecans.
Trust me, these taste as amazing as they sound. Autumn-flavored oatmeal...reason 136 why I love Fall!!!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!!!