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Healthy overnight oats: 6 easy recipes!
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Overnight Oats

6 incredibly healthy overnight oats recipes for an easy breakfast that you can make ahead of time. Perfect for meal prep to "grab and go" on a busy morning.
Prep Time5 mins
2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Sara @ Gathering Dreams

Ingredients

BASE RECIPE

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice - (oat milk, almond milk, coconut, soya milk, skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk, etc.)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice - (optional)

DELICIOUS BERRY

  • 1 teaspoon honey - (use maple syrup for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries - (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)

COFFEE & WALNUT

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 5 walnuts, half
  • 2 tablespoon greek yogurt - (or coconut yogurt for vegan version)

INDULGENT DOUBLE CHOCOLATE

  • 2/3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon coconut yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Nutella
  • 5-8 roasted hazelnuts
  • A few raw cacao nibs - (or chocolate chips)

APPLE PIE

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 apple, small
  • 5 pecans

PEANUT BUTTER

  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter - (natural or salted, creamy or crunchy)
  • A handful of peanuts or other nuts
  • Fresh fruit, optional - (bananas, raspberries, blueberries)
  • A few raw cacao nibs - (or chocolate chips)

TROPICAL

Instructions

BASE RECIPE

  • Place the rolled oats and chia seeds in an 8oz glass jar or container and stir with a spoon.
  • Add the sweetener of your choice (if required) and the milk, and mix well.
  • Cover the container with a lid or wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours (but overnight gives a better texture).
  • The next day, open the container and add your desired toppings (see options below). 

DELICIOUS BERRY OVERNIGHT OATS

  • For this berry version, make sure to add honey to the base recipe the night before. I prefer to use oat milk, but you can use any milk you like.
  • The next day, add the berries on top. If you want to eat this warm, make sure you add the berries after warming the oats.

COFFEE & WALNUT OVERNIGHT OATS

  • Add the instant coffee with the rolled oats and chia seeds and mix well, before adding the maple syrup and the liquid (almond milk is what we prefer).
    Instead of instant coffee, you can add a shot of espresso and a bit less milk.
  • The next day, top with greek yogurt and walnuts.

APPLE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS

  • Add the cinnamon with the rolled oats and chia seeds and mix well, before adding the maple syrup and milk of your choice.
  • If you plan to warm this up and would like more of an apple pie taste, add the apples on top of the oats as soon as you take them out of the fridge.
  • Warm oats and apples in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. I don't normally recommend heating up the fruit, but warm apples are delicious!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE OVERNIGHT OATS

  • Add the cocoa powder with the rolled oats and chia seeds and mix well, before adding the maple syrup and milk of your choice.
  • The next day, top it with some Nutella (use my recipe for a vegan, healthy option), coconut yogurt, some crunchy toasted hazelnuts, and cacao nibs.

PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS

  • Mix the base recipe.
  • The next day, top with peanut butter, nuts, and raw cacao nibs. If you want, add some fresh fruits as well.

TROPICAL "VIRGIN PINA COLADA" OVERNIGHT OATS

  • Mix the base recipe. For optimum "piña colada" taste, make sure to use coconut milk. If you are not planning to warm this up, add 1 tablespoon of coconut yogurt to the base recipe before putting it in the fridge. This will create a creamier end result.
  • The next day, top with mango slices, banana slices, the remaining coconut yogurt, and some coconut flakes.

Notes

How to warm up your overnight oats: place them in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, or transfer them in a saucepan and heat. Make sure to add more liquid as needed if oats are too thick.
How to store: you can keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Although I prefer to keep them no longer than 2-3 days or they tend to become too soft for my liking. As they keep for a few days, they make an ideal meal prep breakfast.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutritional information provided is based on the base recipe alone, without sweetener or toppings. You can find protein content and estimate calories with toppings below the recipe descriptions in the post above. But don't get too obsessed with that, just eat and enjoy :)

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 50mg | Fiber: 7.5g