This delicious overnight oats recipe is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Made with rolled oats, almond milk, and maple syrup, it’s a tasty, portable, and a healthy breakfast you’ll enjoy.
Overnight oats are a “no cooking needed” version of oatmeal. Made by soaking rolled oats in almond milk (or any other kind of liquid), the absorption of the liquid makes the oats soft enough to eat. As a result, no cooking is needed.
This makes these oats an ideal candidate for a quick and easy breakfast in the morning. They are versatile and easily customizable. When you’re ready to enjoy them, you can top them with your favorite toppings.
Benefits of Oats
Overnight oats are a powerful meal for heart, brain, and gut health. This is because oats are a nutrient-dense, gluten-free, whole grain and make a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They are more digestible after being soaked for a period of time.
Oats are high in a fiber called beta-glucan, which is linked to lowering cholesterol levels, improving heart health, and contributing to gut health by feeding good bacteria in the gut.
Oats also contain more protein than other grains. There are 13 grams of protein in a half cup of dry oats.
How to Make Overnight Oats
What makes this meal so appealing is just how versatile and easy it is to customize. There are endless combinations to add fruit, nuts, seeds, and more. To make this recipe, all you need is the following ingredients:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats (there’s a separate recipe for steel cut oats)
- Almond milk (or any other kind of milk, such as oat milk)
- Sea salt
- Seeds, including chia seeds and hemp seeds
- Vanilla extract (optional)
- Sweetener of choice (optional)
Once you have all of your ingredients, combine them into a jar or bowl, stir, cover, and let it sit in the refrigerator all night. In the morning, give the oats a stir, add additional toppings, and enjoy!
Tips on Making the Best Overnight Oats
- Warm up the oats in the morning during the cooler seasons for a warm breakfast.
- For an extra boost of protein, add Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder. Note that the type of powder you use will change the taste and texture, so start with half of a serving and see if you enjoy the taste.
- For healthy fats, add nut butter such as almond butter, cashew butter, or mixed nut butter.
- Naturally, sweeten your oats with chopped dates or fresh fruit. Stir into the oats or add the morning after when you’re ready to enjoy.
- Store the oats in an air-tight glass jar or container for up to 5 days. This will make it easy to take it on the go, prevent spills, and make them last longer in the fridge.
If you’re looking to for an easy, make-ahead breakfast to make your mornings easier and more efficient, add these delicious oats to your weekly menu plan.
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This delicious overnight oats recipe is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Made with oats, almond milk, and maple syrup, it’s a tasty, portable, and healthy breakfast you’ll enjoy.
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- In a bowl or glass container, combine the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sweetener, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt. Mix again after a few minutes to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.
- To serve, top with fresh blueberries and nut butter.
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