Have you made overnight oats yet? They make such an easy grab-and-go breakfast, and making them is super easy. Here are some overnight oat basics to help you build your own recipe adventure!
Overnight oats pretty much are what they say they are: oats that soak overnight. They’re a quick and easy vegan breakfast for sure. You don’t have to cook them at all, though you can heat them up on the stove or in the microwave, if eating cold or room-temperature oatmeal seems unappealing to you.
A serving of overnight oats usually makes about two breakfasts for my two-year-old son. The recipe below makes one generous serving. You can multiply it to make as many batches as you like. They keep for three to four days in the fridge, so keep that in mind when you’re planning.
The recipe below is what’s called a “skeleton recipe.” I’m big on this sort of recipe, because it gives so much flexibility. Instead of specific ingredients, a skeleton recipe gives amount ranges and ingredient categories. You can jump off of one skeleton recipe to really create an endless number of mix and match specific recipes.
Build-Your-Own Overnight Oats
Makes 1 generous serving.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats – As far as I know, steel cut oats will not work in this recipe. Let me know if you try and succeed!
- 1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice or 1/2 cup fresh fruit of your choice, cut into bite-sized pieces, if needed
- 1 cup liquid - Water or your favorite milk will work. You can also use juice for part of the liquid. If you use a thick medium, like yogurt, up this to 1 1/2 cups.
- 2-4 tablespoons nuts, seeds, or nut/seed butter of your choice
- sweetener of your choice, optional and to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons additional mix-ins: coconut flakes, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, etc.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing to combine really well. Transfer to a pint-sized mason jar.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Serve cold, at room temperature, or heat on the stove or in the microwave.
Overnight Oats Inspiration
Need some combination ideas to get you started? These are a few of the overnight oats recipes that I like:
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Raisin Overnight Oats
And in case you need a reason to eat more oats, check out these 10 health benefits of eating oatmeal.