Learn how to make Overnight Oats with this basic guide to make-ahead easy breakfast ideas. This jar of chilled oats are healthy, delicious, and a make-ahead easy breakfast! And you will never get bored of eating it because the possibilities are endless.
I was so glad to find a dish that does NOT require cooking! Overnight oats are a great option for weekday breakfast for those heading to work or working from home. If you don't like cold food, then you should make creamy oatmeal or brown butter oatmeal for an easy breakfast.
Build your own jar of overnight oats with ingredients that fit your tastebuds.
- milk of choice
- yoghurt of choice
- sweetener of choice
- nuts of choice
- dried fruits of choice
- seasonal fruits of choice
How to make it?
Here is a basic idea for making overnight oats. You prepare the base and refrigerate overnight. Add your choice of toppings and scoop and eat!
The ratio I like to follow for my jar is to Keep 2 to 3 parts of liquid for 1 part of oats. You will have to adjust as per the oats used.
- When adding avocado, mix it with the yoghurt to prevent it from browning.
- You can also add a tablespoon of desiccated coconut with banana and berries, I bet you will love it.
- Dash of cardamom powder or cinnamon powder will also add flavour
- Feel free to add more milk if you prefer a looser consistency
Sweetener (choose one)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon Nutella
- 1 tablespoon Biscoff
- 1 teaspoon of any jam
- ½ teaspoon stevia
- The choice is yours!
They are simply a no-cook method of making oats. Instead of cooking the oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave bowl, you just soak the raw oats in any kind of milk and refrigerate. The soaking time allows the oats to absorb the liquid and, in the process, soften them enough so that they can be eaten uncooked. The add-ins like fruits, nuts and seeds make it delicious the way you want.
Overnight oats are served chilled, straight from the refrigerator, making it perfect for warmer months, but if you are the kind who loves ice cream in winter, you certainly can enjoy overnight oats year-round!
I can boldly state that any type of oats is okay as far as you like the end texture. Overnight oats are usually prepared with rolled oats, old-fashioned oats or whole oats. But I started making them with quick-cooking oats and I truly have a soft corner for it. But once I got my hands on rolled oats, I felt it was more filling than the quick-cooking oats.
There is no yes or no answer for this but leans towards the healthier side if made per your diet needs. Always add refined sugar in moderation or skip.
Overnight oats helps mostly the people who must rush to work, they can take this along and eat on the way... and others like me full time at home, can still make this ahead and have any time. I usually eat my share for lunch. There is no rule, apart from the base.
Overnight Oats Basic Recipe Guide
- ½ cup oats any kind
- ½ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup yoghurt (or labneh or more milk)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (or flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (or cardamom etc.)
- a pinch of salt
- seasonal fruits (banana, apple, berries, etc.)
- mixed nuts
- honey optional
- Take a jar or a mug and add the base ingredients and mix well.
- Cover and keep refrigerated overnight or for 6 to 8 hours.
- When you want to eat, take it out and add your choice of toppings and enjoy!