I am a huge fan of overnight oatmeal. It is my go-to breakfast throughout the year, especially during school days when I am busy. It is so easy to make, so delicious, and can be so healthy. Although there are so many recipes out there that I’ve been trying out, I always go back to square one to my very basic recipe. I feel like you don’t have to be fancy-schmancy with your overnight oatmeal to make it good. My recipe consists of only 5 (sometimes only 3 or 4) ingredients:
Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats – I personally do not like quick oats as it is more thinly and finely processed, I like my oatmeal to be chewy and to have more texture.
Chia Seeds – I like the pudding-like texture that chia seeds provide after it’s soaked. Sometimes I would use ground flax seeds to switch up the flavour too. Source of omega-3 fatty acids in your oatmeal yo!
Your choice of Milk – Skim milk/full cream/soy milk/almond milk/coconut milk, get creative or get whatever you like! As I am trying to reduce my dairy intake, I had been alternating between soy milk and almond milk; they give the oatmeal really great flavour too!
Your choice of Fruit – My personal go-to are strawberries, blueberries, bananas, frozen mangoes and peaches.
Your choice of Sweetener (optional) – I normally skip sweetener as the fruits, soy milk or almond milk already has its own hints of sweetness; but if you’re a sweet-tooth or the fruits you get are too sour, you can use honey, agave, stevia, maple syrup or fruit jam to sweeten up your little jar/bowl of morning happiness.
The steps are pretty simple. All you need to do is put all of the ingredients in a container and refrigerate it overnight. I normally use a 250ml mason jar as it’s the perfect size for me. Mason jars are great as they seal really tightly and does not leak, which is great for days when you’re in a rush and have to get your breakfast to-go! However, you can simply use a bowl if you’re preparing your breakfast one day ahead (you can store them for around 4 days with a tight lid jar). Also, take note that if I use fruits that oxidize easily like bananas or apples, I would cut my refrigerated fruit in the morning and add them on top of my soaked oatmeal.
Below is a GIF and a recipe card of how I prepared my blueberry oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow:
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 1 tsp Honey (optional)
- 2 handful Blueberries
- Add rolled oats, chia seeds, almond milk and honey into a glass jar and stir/shake thoroughly. Add blueberries on top and seal jar tightly. Refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours before it is served.
- Substitute almond milk with milk, soy milk or other milk of your choice. The overnight oatmeal can be stored for 3-4 days with a tight lid jar.
Like I said, they are really easy to prepare. Many of my friends find cold oatmeal to be a weird idea initially, but ended up liking them a lot after trying them out. These are some of the not-so fruity flavours I found on Pinterest. I normally tweak them around according to my preference and what I have in my kitchen, for example I normally skip the yogurt and sweetener, and they still taste amazeballs. I am just throwing these out here to give you more ideas on how you can DIY your own flavours! 🙂
Peanut Butter Banana
(via Domesticate Me)
How can you resist peanut butter? It makes everything taste soooo magical! This is my favourite flavour when I want something more nutty in the morning!
(via Dashing Dish)
DAT PHOTO THOUGH. Who needs brownie for breakfast when you can have a healthy brownie batter overnight oatmeal? Ahhh the chocolate-craze in me is screaming out loud!
The name says it all, grandma will approve this.
(via Kim’s Cravings)
SO BASIC. LOL JK. I am still trying to fine-tune the perfect amount of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice for this recipe. I’ll let you know when I get there!
And… that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post and are excited to try out these recipes when you’re free. Trust me, getting to know overnight oatmeal recipes really changed my life so much! I now can have healthy, yummy, quick and easy breakfast every day! 😀
Stay healthy, stay vazzy. 😉