This is by far the most popular post here on Another Root, and for good reason! Overnight oats is hands-down my favorite breakfast invention. Whoever came up with the concept deserves a huge hug for saving me countless hours getting a healthy breakfast ready over the last few years, especially on busy mornings when I need something I can grab on the way out the door.
Cold straight outta the fridge or heated up with a bit of extra almond milk – either way is oatmeal heaven. And this ‘recipe’ is less a recipe and more a ‘formula’. Start with an oatmeal base + add your mix ins of choice + refrigerate. That’s all there is to it. And my favorite part – you can let it set up overnight in the fridge, but it only needs 30 minutes minimum if you’re using quick oats.
So throw together one of the yummy, filling, protein-and-fiber-packed recipes below, and then get ready for work, put your feet up, or do whatever you want with that 30 minutes – it’s yours!
STEP 1: BUILD YOUR BASE
Pour a 1:1 ratio of oats and liquid into a bowl or jar. My go-to ratio is ½ cup of quick or rolled oats and a ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, which fits perfectly into an 8-ounce mason jar with all the tasty mix-ins.
Not a fan of almond milk? Not to worry – you can switch it up no problem. Water, dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, half and half or even juice will work just fine. Rolled oats definitely need to be soaked overnight, but oats of the quick-cooking variety will get you to overnight oats awesomeness in just 30 minutes.
STEP 2: MIX IT UP
Stir in your favorite flavor combinations and sweetener of choice! Below are a few of my most-favorite mix-in combos. I mean, who doesn’t want to eat german chocolate cake for breakfast without the slightest twinge of guilt? I’ve also made a toasted coconut version that’s 👌👌👌. The only limit here is your imagination.
For that extra-creamy goodness and a touch of natural sweetness, I typically mash half of a banana into all of my overnight oats. And, because texture is everything, I always add something crunchy – like pecans, walnuts, or toasted coconut.
STEP 3: REFRIGERATE
Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator (or for at least 30 minutes if using quick oats). And get. on. with. your. life. Breakfast will take care of itself, and that time is yours. 🙌
When you’re ready to eat, may I suggest topping with more fresh fruit, granola, coconut, a dollop of almond butter (or all of the above!) and enjoy.
Take that meal-prep game of yours to the next level and get breakfast ready for the whole week! Make several individual portions and keep them covered in the refrigerator for several days. You may want to add a bit more liquid when you’re ready to eat, just a little swirl of almond milk should do the trick to get to your perfect consistency.
I can feel it, it’s an overnight oats kinda week. What’s your favorite flavor? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to try.