Overnight oats are a no-cook, easy-to-make breakfast option that's both nutritious and versatile. By soaking oats in milk or a milk alternative overnight, you create a creamy, pudding-like porridge that's perfect for busy mornings.
This basic recipe serves as a foundation, which you can customize with various toppings and flavors to suit your taste. The beauty of overnight oats lies in their versatility.
In a mason jar or a bowl, combine the rolled oats, milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds (if using), sweetener of your choice, and a pinch of salt.
Stir the mixture until everything is well combined.
Cover the jar or bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.
Place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 6 hours, allowing the oats to soften and absorb the liquid.
In the morning, give the oats a good stir. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more milk until you reach your desired consistency.
Enjoy overnight oats cold straight from the refrigerator, or warm it in the microwave 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Add toppings to your taste.
Mix and match toppings based on your preferences and dietary needs.
Fruits: Fresh or frozen berries, banana slices, diced apple, or mango chunks.
Nuts and Seeds: Sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds for a crunchy texture.
Nut butters: A dollop of peanut butter, almond butter, or any nut butter adds richness and flavor.
Yogurt: A spoonful of Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt can be stirred in for extra creaminess and a protein boost.
Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice can be added to the mixture before refrigerating for added warmth and flavor.
Chocolate: Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup for chocolate lovers.
Superfoods: Sprinkle in some flaxseeds, hemp seeds, or a scoop of protein powder for an extra nutritional punch.
Tropical overnight oats: Use coconut milk as the liquid and top with pineapple, mango, and shredded coconut.
Peanut butter and jelly oats: Stir in peanut butter before refrigerating and top with your favorite jelly or fresh berries before serving.
Apple pie oats: Add diced apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the mix, and top with a small dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola.
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