Overnight oats make a filling and easy breakfast! These are prepared the night before to help save time in the busy mornings for getting ready for work. By adding different fruits and spices, there are so many variations you can make to keep your breakfast different each day. Preparing this oatmeal in advance also allows the oats and chia seeds to really soak up the liquid adding more volume, so you feel like you are eating more food. Some people like to eat their oatmeal straight from the fridge cold, while others enjoy heating their oats up in the microwave first. Whichever you prefer, give overnight oats a try!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2-1 cup unsweetened soy milk or water (depending on how thick/thin you like your oats)*
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- your choice of fruits and spices
Directions: Add all ingredients to a bowl or mason jar and stir to combine. Cover and place in fridge overnight. In the morning, eat either cold or warm it first in the microwave.
*The oats and chia seeds will really soak up most of the liquid. You may need to add more liquid in the morning if you prefer your oatmeal to be less thick.
If you prefer your oatmeal sweeter, 1/2 of a mashed banana and/or cinnamon will help sweeten your oatmeal naturally.
There are so many different combinations of oatmeal you can make I cannot list them all, but here are a few ideas.
- Peach Pie-add 1 chopped peach and 1/2 tsp apple or pumpkin pie spices (or just cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg)
- Apple Pie-add 1/2 chopped apple, 1 tsp apple pie spice (or cinnamon) and 1 tbsp walnuts if desired
- Chocolate Raspberry-add 1/2 cup raspberries and 2 tsp cocoa powder
- Blueberry Banana-add 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 sliced banana
- Strawberry Banana-add 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and 1/2 sliced banana
- Tropical Fruit-add 1/3 cup pineapple, 1/3 cup mango, and 1/2 sliced banana
- Pumpkin Spice-add ½ cup plain pumpkin puree, ½ tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp cloves, ¼ tsp nutmeg
- Carrot Cake-add 1/4 cup grated carrots, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, pinch of nutmeg, 2 tbsp raisins, and 1 tbsp walnuts if desired
Which is your favorite? Do you have any favorite variations to add?