This easy overnight oats recipe is a healthy and satisfying breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings and customize with many add-ins and toppings!
Overnight oatmeal is a no-cook method of enjoying your comforting bowl of morning oats. Instead of cooking the oatmeal on a stovetop or in the microwave, you let the oats soak in yogurt and milk. The soaking process allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften. You can let the oats soak for as little as 2 hours but if you prepare them the night before, you'll have a ready-to-eat, delicious, creamy bowl of oatmeal.
If you're like me, you're not alway hungry upon waking. I love overnight oats because you can take them on-the-go to enjoy later in the morning as a nourishing and energizing choice to satisfy your hunger.
The recipe below is for the base recipe. From there, you can customize the ONO (that's short for "overnight oats", of course!) to create your own twist on the classic. The sky's the limit with flavour combinations and toppings!
YOGURT: use any type of yogurt including Greek or Skyr. You can opt for an unsweetened plant-based yogurt like coconut but the recipe will be lower in protein.
OATS: you can dial the servings of oats up or down depending on your hunger and personal energy needs. You can play around with the ratios to achieve the consistency you like best!
PROTEIN POWDER: I add the vanilla protein powder for a hit of sweetness and bonus protein. If you prefer to keep the recipe free of protein powder, you may want to add some sweetness from honey, maple syrup, or date paste. To make date paste, simply smash 1-2 dates in 1 tbsp of hot water and stir into the base recipe.
Now this is the fun part - the flavour combinations! Garnish with in-season or frozen fruit, flavour with fun mix-ins like cocoa powder and vanilla, and decorate with toppings like dried fruits, nuts, coconut, and seeds. I recommend starting with the base recipe above and adding what you'd like. Below are some of my favorite variations and add-ins.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Berry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Black Forest Cake
More often than not I keep the recipe simple by topping it with fresh or frozen berries and whichever nuts and seeds I have kicking around the pantry!
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