No time for breakfast in the morning? Overnight oats make the perfect on the go breakfast. All you need is a few ingredients, a glass jar and a spoon!
Overnight oats are loaded with several nutrients including fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are raw oats that have been soaked overnight in liquid such as almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, soymilk, or Greek yogurt. The oats absorb the liquid during the night, softening them in the same way cooking would soften them, except without the work! You will no longer have to wake up early to turn the stove on and wait for your serving of old-fashioned oats to boil. With few ingredients and just a little preparation time, you will have a delicious healthy breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
Preparing a healthy breakfast ahead of time will keep you from reaching for quick, but unhealthy options like pastries or donuts. Overnight oats will also keep you feeling full for a long period of time, due to their high fiber content. This may help to control appetite and help prevent you from overeating throughout the day.
Not only are overnight oats quick and easy to make, they are extremely versatile as well. You can experiment and brainstorm endless variations and stir-ins, which helps to keep things interesting and make breakfast on the go fun and satisfying. You can add fresh fruit, chia seeds, raw honey, stevia, cocoa nibs, protein powder, peanut butter, cinnamon or even coconut oil. Try these delicious oats and see for yourself!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
1/2 cup liquid such as dairy milk, almond, cashew or coconut milk
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup yogurt (optional)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional but highly recommended)
1/2 banana, mashed (optional)
- Add the milk, oats, yogurt, chia seeds and banana to a jar or container and give them a good stir. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- In the morning, add additional liquid if you like to achieve the desired consistency. Top with fruit, nut butter, seeds, protein powder, granola, coconut, spices, zest or vanilla extract.