Overnight oats are a great breakfast for busy or sleepy mornings. Check out these delicious xx overnight oats recipes to make ahead of time so you'll have delicious breakfasts in no time in the mornings.
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What makes for easy overnight oats
- 1 part OLD FASHIONED/ROLLED OATS
- 1 part YOGURT
- 1 part FRUIT
- 1-2 parts MILK
- 1-2 teaspoons of OTHER TOPPINGS to add sweetness or texture to your overnight oats recipes (like honey, sugar, vanilla, banana, maple syrup, chia seeds, nuts or nut butter, etc)
Making overnight oats
I like to add equal parts of oats, yogurt, fruit, and one and a half to double the milk to really any of my overnight oats recipes. Then add in other toppings.
Layer in the ingredients into a bowl or glass jar, add milk last, cover all ingredients with milk. You can mix it all together, but you don't have to. I don't. That's one step too many. Make 1+ servings for one breakfast or a week's worth.
- How long do they need to be refrigerated for: I've read they can be eaten after just 4 hours, but I recommend at least overnight. That way any of your overnight oats recipes will absorb the milk and have a nice texture without being too liquidy.
- What kind of oats to use: Rolled or old fashioned oats (they're the same) make a slightly chewy, soft oatmeal. Add extra milk if making steel cut oats. Quick cooking oats get soggy, so I don't recommend them in any overnight oats recipes.
- Frozen fruit is a great addition, it thaws in the oats and adds lots of juicy fruity flavor.
- Use your milk of choice: dairy, soy, coconut, almond milk, etc.
- Great add-ins: fresh or frozen fruit, banana, chia seeds, other seeds, nut butter, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate shavings, etc.
How to Store
Store your overnight oats recipes in an airtight container of your choice. I recommend just storing them in the container you'll eat them in.
Glass jars are great as you can see what's in them, and they don't take up much room in the fridge. But they're heavy.
Other heavy plastic or glass containers are great. You can cover a bowl with a reusable cover or plastic wrap, but you may want an airtight and sealable container if you plan on taking any of your overnight oats recipes to-go.
Instead of focusing on the healthiness of certain foods, it's helpful to include a couple food groups in your overnight oats recipes, eat a variety of foods and find ways to be less stressed around food.
Properly made overnight oats can be a bit slimy, because the oats absorb liquid from the milk and yogurt. Not enough liquid can make your oats thick and hard, too much will make the soupy.
Your overnight oats recipe could also be getting moldy. Do a quick sniff test to make sure they're safe to eat, they'll smell bad before they'll make you sick if they've been sitting int he fridge for a long time.
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Oats with Veggies in them
What can I make with leftover ingredients?
- Oats: Single Serving Baked Oatmeal Cups, Protein Granola, PB Granola, Oatmeal Cherry Bars, 10 Minute PB Chocolate Energy Bites, or Single Serving Stove Top Peach Crisp.
- Yogurt: Broccoli Salad with Greek Yogurt, PB Greek Yogurt Dip, or Semi Homemade BBQ Ranch Dressing.
- Fruit: Homemade Firecracker Popsicles, Oatmeal Cherry (or other fruit) Bars, DIY Waffle Bar.
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