Overnight Oats (6 ways!)

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  • Healthy Overnight Oats made 6 different ways! Simple, customizable and the perfect grab and go breakfast. You won’t get bored with these flavorful and delicious overnight oats combinations!

    To stay organized and on track throughout the week, I love to meal prep. It takes a little time, but is definitely a huge help…especially when things get busy. Overnight oats are one of my favorite breakfasts to meal prep, as well as mini egg frittatas, no-bake breakfast cookies, breakfast yogurt popsicles and morning glory muffins.

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    Overnight Oats

    Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2019 and we’re gearing up for another amazing year! Time sure does fly.

    As soon as January approaches, I like to start the year off fresh by meal prepping and eating healthy. Although it’s fun to indulge during the holidays, I’m definitely ready to get back in a routine and whip up nutritious meals to enjoy throughout the week.

    These overnight oats are one of my favorite healthy breakfasts to make for the week ahead. They are so simple, completely customizable and are the perfect grab and go breakfast. I love to add all sorts of delicious toppings, like fresh fruit, nut butters, honey, chocolate chips, coconut and granola. There are so many yummy flavor combinations for overnight oats…you definitely won’t get bored with this breakfast!

    What oats do you use for overnight oats?

    You can pretty much use any type of oat to make overnight oats. I like to use Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, however you can use quick oats or steel cut oats too. Just make sure to use raw, uncooked oats for this overnight oats recipe.

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    How to make overnight oats

    To make healthy overnight oats, you’ll first start out with the overnight oats base. To make the base, just follow the simple steps below.

    1. In a medium bowl, combine oats, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. If desired, add in protein powder, chia seeds or a Tablespoon of nut butter, brown sugar, honey or fruit.
    2. Pour oat mixture into 4 jars and cover with a lid.
    3. Place in fridge overnight.

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    What can I put in overnight oats?

    Once the base has set in the fridge overnight, you can then add your overnight oats toppings. I sometimes even add a little more almond milk, depending on how much the oats have thickened up. Below are 6 overnight oats combinations that I love:

    • Peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips
    • Greek yogurt, blueberries, almonds, cinnamon and honey
    • Fresh berries and yogurt with granola
    • Apples, cinnamon, sugar and honey
    • Brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and maple syrup
    • Mango, mandarin oranges and coconut

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    How long do overnight oats keep?

    These easy overnight oats will stay fresh in your fridge for up to 1 week. For storing the oats, I used these Pyrex containers in the photos, however mason jars work great too. As long as the oats are stored in an airtight container with a lid, they will be fine!

    When storing, I typically only store the base overnight oats mixture. Then right before eating, I’ll add in my toppings of choice. This helps the toppings to remain fresh and not get soggy.

    Feel free to mix in some extras to your base mixture though, like protein powder, chia seeds, nut butter, brown sugar, honey or fruit. These will hold up just fine when mixed in with the oats and stored in the fridge.

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    Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

    I prefer to eat my overnight oats cold, however you could heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds if you prefer them on the warmer side. Just make sure to warm them up prior to adding in your toppings.

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    Overnight Oats Recipe

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: overnight oats
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 hours 55 minutes
    Refrigerate: 5 hours 55 minutes
    Total Time: 6 hours
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 148
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Healthy Overnight Oats made 6 different ways! Simple, customizable and the perfect grab and go breakfast. You won't get bored with these flavorful and delicious overnight oats combinations!

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
    • 2 cups almond milk (sub: cows, cashew or coconut milk)
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    • Pinch of salt and cinnamon
    • Optional: Add 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder and 2 teaspoons chia seeds, if desired

    Optional mix in or toppings: Greek yogurt, brown sugar, fresh berries, bananas, peanut butter or almond butter, nuts, honey, chocolate chips, granola, coconut

      Instructions

      • Mix together the oats, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Add protein powder and/or chia seeds if desired. You can also mix in a Tablespoon of nut butter, brown sugar, honey and fruit here as well. 
      • Pour into 4 jars and cover with a lid. Place in the fridge overnight.
      • The next morning, stir in more almond milk if desired. You can also warm in the microwave if you prefer. Sweeten to taste (I always add a teaspoon of honey). Then top with your favorite toppings. My favorites are greek yogurt, almond butter, fresh berries and sliced almonds. Then I like to drizzle honey across the top. 

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      Notes

      Note: You can divide this overnight oats into 2 jars for a larger serving, or 4 smaller jars. 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 19.3% | Iron: 7.2%
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