I’ve received a lot of questions lately about overnight oats – how they’re prepared, do you eat them cold, what exactly are they. I promised that I would share my go-to recipe and explain how I make them.
Overnight oats are eaten cold. They are a mixture of milk, yogurt, oats and whatever else you want to add in. You make them the night before, stick them in the fridge and the mixture thickens and the oats soften overnight. I also sometimes make them the morning I’m going to eat them. I find that if I leave them to soak for about 30 minutes, it comes out the same as the overnight method. I know it sounds kind of icky but trust me – overnight oats are the best way to enjoy oats during the hot summer months.
Here’s what generally goes into my mix. Keep in mind that this is totally customizable to what you have on hand.
1/3 cup oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds (or ground flax – for Omega 3s)
1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1/3 cup almond milk (or soy or skim)
1/2 banana, diced (I love banana in my overnight oats – it also adds some natural sweetness to the mixture)
Handful of blueberries
Almond, peanut, sunflower butter
Fresh fruit (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, etc – this can also be stirred into the overnight mixture!)
Jam (like Crofter’s)
Mix together all of the “overnight” ingredients. Mixture will be soupy but remember it will thicken in the fridge as the oats absorb the liquid. Cover and place in fridge overnight (or at least 30 minutes)
In the morning, add desired toppings and enjoy!
Yield: 1 serving