Say hello to one of my favorite breakfast inventions, ever! >> overnight oats. Perfectly yummy and filling, packed with protein and fiber — all in the amazing flavors that a girl can dream up. I love it for particularly busy mornings, when I need something that I can grab on my way out and eat in the car, or at my desk (which I try not to do very often!). Cold out of the fridge or heated up with a bit of extra almond milk, it’s totally and completely customizable, and doesn’t really even require a recipe.
So here’s my “formula” (I use that term loosely, because let’s be honest — this is another non-recipe recipe) for great overnight oats:
MAKE YOUR BASE
Step 1: Pour your oats and liquid of choice into a bowl or jar. Your oats to liquid ratio should be 1:1 — I typically stick with a ½ cup of quick or rolled oats and a ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk as the base for my overnight oats, which fits perfectly into an 8-ounce mason jar with all the tasty mix-ins.
You can use any type of liquid you prefer really — water, dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, half and half or even juice. Rolled oats definitely need to be soaked overnight, while quick oats could get you to overnight oats awesomeness in just 30 minutes.
Step 2: Stir in your favorite flavor combinations and sweetener of choice! I’ve listed several of my favorite mix in combos below, just in case you were wondering — but the only limit is your imagination. I typically mash half of a banana into all of my overnight oats for the creamy-smooth texture and light sweetness. And something crunchy — like pecans, walnuts, or toasted coconut — because texture is everything.
Step 3: Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator (or for at least 30 minutes if using quick oats).
Step 4: In the morning, top with more fresh fruit, granola, coconut, a dollop of almond butter (or all of the above!) and enjoy.
ADD YOUR MIX-INS
You can definitely make several of these ahead of time — they keep well covered up in the refrigerator for a couple of days. The seven flavors above are a few of my favorite overnight oats variations, making an ordinary morning sooo much better with their dessert-like goodness.
I can feel it, it’s an overnight oats kinda week. Make a couple of your favorites, or all seven if you’re like me and can’t decide!