Overnight Oats, Many Ways

Overnight oats are the best make-ahead healthy breakfast! Here are 4 easy & fun overnight oats recipes to keep you from getting stuck in a breakfast rut.

Overnight Oats, Many Ways

I love overnight oats – they’re an easy, healthy, dairy free, grab-able breakfast, but I have a tendency to get into an oat rut, reaching for the same ‘ol toppings every time. If you feel the same way, here are 4 ideas that will hopefully add some inspiration to your breakfast routine!

If you’re new to overnight oats, you’ll be blown away by how simple they are to make. Here’s how: On the night before (or weekend before, if you do weekly meal prep) you plan to enjoy your oats, combine the oats with almond milk in a sealable container. Refrigerate them overnight, and in the morning, your oats will be ready to eat! Transfer them to a bowl before topping and devouring them, or mix them in a Mason jar to easily take them on the go.

These are the toppings I started with to create these 4 overnight oats recipe combinations – how pretty are all of these healthy ingredients!

Ingredients for Overnight Oats, Many Ways

Below, you’ll find my base overnight oat recipe that can be applied to each of these bowls. The toppings can also be assembled in Mason jars if you are taking your breakfast to go.

Overnight Oats - Cherry Berry with Chia and Yogurt Cherry Berry with Chia & Yogurt Oats

A classic antioxidant-filled combo. Since it’s wintertime, I used frozen fruit (tart cherries and blueberries) in my bowls. Top them with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Overnight Oats - Coconut Turmeric with currants, mango, and hemp seeds Coconut Turmeric Oats

An unexpected breakfast bowl filled with anti-inflammatory spices. I stirred turmeric, cinnamon, and coconut milk into the base of the oat bowl and topped it with mango, dried currants, hemp seeds, and coconut flakes.

Overnight Oats - Sweet Sesame Tahini with apricots, pistachios, and pomegranates Sweet Sesame Tahini Oats

I love tahini so much that now I’m eating it for breakfast! This bowl looks so pretty, and it couldn’t be more simple to put together. Just drizzle tahini on top of the oats and top with pistachios, dried apricots, pomegranates, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup, if you’re vegan).

Overnight Oats - Chocolate Chip Cookie with almond butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Oats

If you’re trying to get your kids (or husband) to eat oats, this one is for you :). Who can resist that big swirl of almond butter with chocolate chips? I flavor this base recipe with a dash of vanilla extract for extra cookie flavor.

Want more make-ahead breakfast ideas? Try these cookies, these muffins, or these little frittatas.


Overnight Oats, Many Ways
 
Make any of these 4 healthy overnight oats variations for a quick & easy breakfast, or prep a batch of oats at the start of the week and dress it up with different toppings each day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
Base Overnight Oats:
  • ½ cup whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond milk or light coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
Coconut Turmeric Oats
  • make base recipe using light coconut milk, ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • toppings: hemp seeds, diced mango, currants, coconut flakes, honey drizzle
Cherry Berry Chia
  • make base recipe with coconut or almond milk
  • toppings: scoop of yogurt or coconut yogurt, berries, chia seeds, maple drizzle
Sweet Sesame Tahini
  • make base recipe with coconut or almond milk
  • toppings: tahini, pistachios, pomegranates, dried apricots, honey drizzle, sesame seeds
Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • make base recipe with almond milk and ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • toppings: almond butter, chocolate chips, chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. In a small jar, combine the oats, almond or coconut milk, maple syrup, and salt. Stir and chill overnight.
  2. In the morning, scoop the oats into a bowl, stir in more almond or coconut milk, if desired, for consistency. Top with desired toppings.
  3. Alternatively, for a grab-and-go breakfast, you can assemble the overnight oats in jars with the toppings the night before.
Notes
Make these vegan by using maple syrup in place of the honey.

 

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  1. Susan
    01.04.2019

    Thank you for posting this. We love overnight oats, because they are both easy and tasty. I always put a scoop of protein powder (I use Designer Whey naturally sweetened) in mine because we need to make sure we get enough protein. I will definitely be trying at least the coconut/turmeric variety (and hope that my husband likes it – it’s possibly a bit weird for him).

  2. Mary Kay
    01.04.2019

    Hello, I like to soak oats to make them more digestable and less likely to cause bloating. If the oats have been soaked are there changes to be made to your overnight oats recipes? Thank you!

    • Hi Mary Kay, the oats soak overnight (and last up to 3 days in the fridge), so the soaking part is already taken care of in this case. Does that make sense? I wouldn’t soak them before combining with the milk. Hope that helps!

  3. Beth
    01.04.2019

    I love steel cut oats. I make a week’s batch in my pressure cooker. I love your variety of toppings and look forward to mixing it up a bit. Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Diane
    01.05.2019

    Could we use quick cooking steel cuts oats instead of the whole oats?

    • Hi Diane, I’ve only made overnight oats with whole rolled oats – I think it should be ok but I haven’t tried myself.

      • Diane
        01.05.2019

        Alright… thank you!

  5. Jen
    01.06.2019

    I love the idea of these recipes – they look amazing! What are alternatives to the oats, which can be inflammatory and are high carb? Can these be done solely with chia, or hemp seeds? I’d love some ideas on how to keep these great flavors and the overnight convenience, and strip out some carbs.

  6. Gaby Dalkin
    01.06.2019

    OMG! These all sound so good—so hard to choose!

  7. Haley
    01.08.2019

    I love overnight oats. They are some of the quickest and delicious breakfast ever.

  8. Jamie
    01.18.2019

    Do you have any suggestions for substitutions for the almond milk? My son is allergic to cow’s milk, almonds and coconuts. Do you think oat milk would work? Or possibly cashew milk? Thanks!

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