Overnight Oats are my go-to breakfast I have almost every day. The best part is you make it the night before as part of meal prep, so it’s ready to eat when you wake up in the morning!
It’s healthy, vegan, and keeps me full for several hours as it’s full of fiber, protein & healthy carbohydrates.
You can also change up the flavours and get as fancy as you like. This is my basic recipe which you can use as a base, then add different additions to it.
My favorite overnight oats are to have them this way and add fruit and granola in the morning.
If you love more of a sweet taste in the morning then you must try my Chocolate Peanut Overnight Oats.
Ingredients to make easy Overnight Oats
- Rolled Oats / Old fashioned rolled oats are the best oats to use. Quick oats or instant oats can become too mushy as they are a much finer texture. Steel cut oats also arent the best to use.
Oats are super healthy as they’re high in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein along with vitamins and minerals
- Chia seeds are a great addition as they expand once soaked so they bring a nice texture to overnight oats. They’re also high in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein
- Milk, you can add any milk that you prefer. I rotate from using oat milk, almond milk and cashew milk myself
- Maple syrup is added for a touch of sweetness. I recommend using a pure maple syrup that doesn’t have any preservatives or addictives
- Vanilla extract gives a subtle nice flavour and scent. You only need a touch of it
Other flavours you can add
- Peanut butter/ Almond butter / or any nut butter
- Cacao powder
- Fresh or frozen fruit
Toppings you can add for overnight oatmeal
- Fresh fruit
- Nut butters
- Cacao nibs
- Pure maple syrup
How to make Overnight Oats
Time needed: 5 minutes.
- Add Ingredients
Place rolled oats, one tablespoon chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla in a glass jar, bowl or container.
Pour over the milk, place the lid on and shake so that it’s well combined and there are no clumps of chia seeds. If using a bowl, mix well with a spoon
- Time to set
Allow it to set in the fridge for 2 - 4 hours or overnight
Top with your favourite toppings such as fresh fruit and granola and enjoy!
Tips to make Overnight Oats
- Make sure to cover the overnight oats when placing in the fridge to set. Either with a lid if using a mason jar or container, or also with cling wrap if in a bowl
- It’s best to add the toppings on the morning you are eating them. This way they keep fresh and won’t lose their crunch if adding nuts or granola
- You can make a larger batch if making in advance for the week. You can either use separate mason jars or one large container
- If your oats are too thick or too set as you’ve made them in advance for a few days, add a splash extra of milk in the morning before eating. This will make it more creamy.
- If you prefer to eat your oats warm, you can heat the overnight oats in the morning before eating
3 -4 days in the fridge
As a minimum 2 hours setting time, however overnight is best
Oats are a whole grain that includes good carbs, fiber, and protein along with vitamins and minerals
More Breakfast Recipes
- ½ cup rolled oats / old fashioned oats
- ½ cup plant based milk such as almond milk, oat milk , or your preference
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
- Dash of vanilla extract
- Fresh fruit, granola, nuts, nut butters
- Place rolled oats, one tablespoon chia seeds , maple syrup and vanilla in a glass jar, bowl or container
- Pour over the milk, place the lid on and shake so that it’s well combined and there are no clumps of chia seeds. If using a bowl, mix well with a spoon
- Place into the fridge for 2 -4 hours or overnight
- When it’s ready to be served, top with your favourite toppings such as fresh fruit and granola and enjoy!