My Favorite Overnight Oats
Prepping breakfast the night before doesn’t get any easier than My Favorite Overnight Oats. This version is easily customizable, relies on pantry ingredients, and tastes delicious!
MY FAVORITE OVERNIGHT OATS
As we head into this unprecedented school year, I’m feeling all the feels. My family is doing our best to keep as much of a routine as we can and for us that means getting up at the same time, getting dressed even if we’re not going to school, and eating a good breakfast before we dive into learning. Not going to lie: I am exhausted from all the cooking these past 6 months! It’s been nonstop kitchen prep and cleaning up after my crew and frankly I’m over it. Any opportunity to take a shortcut in the kitchen, COUNT ME IN!
That’s where these easy overnight oats come in! 🙂
INGREDIENTS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS
With only 5 ingredients and likely all of them are already in your pantry, overnight oats are sure to become a regular on your breakfast menu.
-old fashioned rolled oats
I always have these ingredients on hand because overnight oats is one of my go-to breakfasts. Especially on busy mornings!
THE BEST OATS TO USE
I recommend using old fashioned rolled oats when making overnight oats because quick oats get too mushy and steel cut oats don’t soften enough. I really like the gluten free oats from either Trader Joes or Bob’s Red Mill. With that being said, any brand of oats is fine!
CUSTOMIZING OVERNIGHT OATS
One of the reasons I love this recipe is that customizing the oats to what you have on hand is super easy. You can replace the almond milk with regular milk or any nondairy milk. Peanut butter can be swapped with any nut butter, and the maple syrup can be replaced with honey, agave, or even a pinch or two of brown sugar. Add cinnamon (or any other spice you love) and a tiny splash of vanilla is delicious! This really is a base recipe for you to make your own.
My FAVORITE TOPPINGS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS
Dare I say the toppings are always the best part? Adding the toppings the night before totally works but for whatever reason, I add them the morning of. Either way is fine. Here are some of my favorite ingredients for topping overnight oats:
frozen blueberries- the defrosted juice mixed into the oats is delicious!
chopped almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, and walnuts
an extra scoop of nut butter
Do you have a favorite breakfast that can be made ahead for busy mornings? Below are some of my go-to’s. Thanks for reading and have a great week! xo, Kelley
OTHER EASY MAKE AHEAD BREAKFAST IDEASPrint
A quick and easy breakfast that can be prepped the night before: overnight oats that are customizable and delicious!
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- tiny pinch of sea salt
- In a small mason jar, add milk, maple syrup and peanut butter. Use a spoon or small spatula to stir. I prefer to put a tight fitting lid on the jar and shake to mike the peanut butter throughly with the milk and syrup.
- Add oats, chia seeds and just the teeniest pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, top with desired fruit and toppings and serve. Oats can be eaten cold, room temperature, or slightly warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.