This recipe will give you all the tips you need to make a delicious and healthy batch of overnight oats. You’ll also find out how to meal prep them in batches, and get some inspiration for four popular flavors.
The great healthy breakfast with overnight oats
WHAT ARE OVERNIGHT OATS?
Overnight oats are a healthy and delicious breakfast option that are perfect for busy mornings. Simply mix together some oats, milk, and your favorite toppings, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a tasty and nutritious breakfast that’s ready to go!
There are so many different ways to make overnight oats, so you’ll never get bored. Try adding in some fruit, like bananas or berries. Or, mix in some yogurt for a boost of protein. You can also add in some nuts or seeds for a crunchy topping.
Overnight oats are a great way to get your day started off right. They’re packed with nutrients and will give you sustained energy throughout the morning. So, if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast option, give overnight oats a try!
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, I’m here to tell you that oatmeal is the new apple. Here’s why: They contain more protein than most grains (5g per serving).
They’re a rich source of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer (4g per serving).
They are a nutrient dense food, which makes you feel more satiated.
So, the next time you’re looking for a healthy breakfast option, reach for a bowl of oatmeal. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
In order to make overnight oats, you will need:
Oats: The most important ingredient in this dish is the oats. Be sure to use plain old-fashioned oats rather than quick oats for the best consistency. You can also use gluten-free oats if needed. Do not use steel cut oats.
Milk: For the liquid part of your recipe, you can actually use water! But if you want to give your dish a richer flavor, milk is the way to go. You can use full fat, 2% or low-fat milk. Or, if you’re looking for a dairy-free option, you can use plant-based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or oat milk.
Chia seeds (optional): Seeds are nutritional powerhouses, and adding them to your oatmeal will give it a delicious pudding-like texture. I love adding them to my base recipe!
Greek or vegan yogurt (optional): The oats are soaked in yogurt overnight, giving them a tangy flavor, creamy texture, and boost of protein.
Vanilla extract (optional): This extract enhances all the flavors that go into the overnight oatmeal as well as giving it sweetness without not adding sugar in. Plus, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of fruit!
Sweetener (optional): Try using honey or maple syrup to sweeten your oatmeal instead of sugar. Oats can be pretty bland on their own, so a little sweetness can go a long way.
Toppings: This is where you can really have some fun with your toppings. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts, seeds and spices all work great here. Just get creative and see what combinations you can come up with. I think that’s what makes this such a great versatile recipe!
OVERNIGHT OATMEAL RECIPE IDEAS
It’s like having a peanut butter jelly sandwich in overnight oats form. Layer peanut butter, strawberry jelly, fresh cut strawberries and crushed peanuts. It has a sweet and salty taste that’s irresistible.
If you’re a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, then you’re going to love this recipe for peanut butter jelly overnight oats. It’s got all the flavors of a PB&J in a convenient, grab-and-go breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
To make these oats, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup strawberry jelly
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake until everything is combined. Then, refrigerate overnight (or for at least 5 hours) and enjoy in the morning.
These oats are the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and the peanut butter and jelly flavors are a classic combination that can’t be beat. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast that will keep you full until lunchtime, then look no further than these peanut butter jelly overnight oats.
What’s even better is that you can make a big batch ahead of time and enjoy it all week long. One of our favorite ways to enjoy overnight oats is with a big scoop of apple pie filling on top. This variation is a great fall recipe that has a warm sweet taste and satisfying crunch from the fruit and nuts. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients and fiber to help start your day off right.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1/2 cup apples, chopped
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar and stir well.
2. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
3. In the morning, give the oats a good stir and add more milk if needed.
4. Top with additional apples and pecans, if desired.
5. Enjoy cold or heated up in the microwave.
Who doesn’t love Nutella? The creamy, hazelnut-y, chocolate-y goodness is like a little slice of heaven in a jar. And when you add bananas to the mix, it’s even better. This recipe for Banana Nutella Overnight Oats is the perfect way to start your day.
The name of this recipe says it all – bananas and Nutella – match made in heaven, and a great flavor for kids to try! The banana and Nutella together have a rich decadent taste that makes it feel like you’re enjoying dessert, instead of a nutritious breakfast. Try also adding crushed hazelnuts and chocolate chips to enhance the flavor.
Overnight oats are a great way to make sure you have a healthy breakfast on the go. Simply mix all the ingredients together the night before, pop it in the fridge, and in the morning you have a delicious and nutritious breakfast waiting for you. No cooking required!
So if you’re looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast option, give this Banana Nutella Overnight Oats recipe a try. Your tastebuds will thank you!
You can refer to the ingredients below:
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 tablespoons chunky hazelnut butter
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST OVERNIGHT OATS
- Use a jar or mason jar so you can measure, mix, chill, carry and eat the oats all in one container.
- Use rolled oats, not quick oats, for the best texture.
- You can microwave the oats for a minute if you prefer them warm.
- Make a batch on Sunday to have oatmeal all week long.
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