Memorize this simple recipe and you'll never skip breakfast again!
Overnight oats are the no-cook version of oatmeal. Soaking the oats overnight allows them to absorb enough water so that you can eat them uncooked. You prepare it the night before and BAM you wake up with breakfast already made. You no longer have an excuse for skipping breakfast because you can prepare it in advance.
Not only that, oatmeal is an ideal way to start your morning. Oats have more protein than most grains and are high in antioxidants. Overnight oats are a blank canvas. Add cocoa powder and banana, cinnamon and apple or just a hint of matcha powder. The possibilities are endless so you never have to worry about getting bored with your meals.
How do you make overnight oats?
The base “recipe” for overnight oats is pretty simple. All you need is milk, oats and a sweetener. The trick is in figuring out the ratio. Typically people use 1:1 for oats and plant-based milk but it depends on the texture you’re aiming for. For example, if you want a thicker texture try using less milk.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup plant based milk
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar/maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix together and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. It’s that easy!
Get Creative with the Toppings
Once you’ve figured out the basics you can start adding extra toppings. Throw in some mixed berries or sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over them. Mix in cocoa powder, shredded coconut and almond butter to create a healthier alternative to an almond joy bar.
Food Blogger Kristine from Kristine’s Kitchen has a number of recipes to amp up your overnight oats:
A Few Extra Tips
- Most recipes call for old-fashioned (rolled) oats. Do not substitute quick oats or instant oats or you’ll end up with a less than desirable texture. You can also use steel cut oats in this recipe but you will have to let them soak longer otherwise you’ll end up with a chewy texture.
- Avoid using water. Most plant-based milk will work whether it’s coconut, oat or almond-based. Milk gives it a creamier texture and adds to the flavour.
- Adding a spoonful of Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or chia seeds will boost protein.
- If you’re working with a bitter ingredient such as cocoa powder, use a banana for sweetness.