‘Eat a healthy breakfast,’ they say. ‘It’ll set the pace for a healthy day of eating.’
Pft. Yea, okay, we’ll get right on that, between carpool lines, trying to master a matte lip, and getting the car defrosted in time to beat the morning traffic.
Eating a healthy breakfast is so much easier when it comes in a little package, but for those of us trying to eat cleaner and avoid processed and packaged foods, it’s overnight oats to the rescue.
These magical little meals are every bit as cool as they sound — oats mixed up with a few choice ingredients in a mason jar, and left in the fridge overnight to turn into gooey, nutritious awesomeness.
Load ‘em up and customize them with whatever you want, and no matter what your dietary restrictions are for 2018, we promise — you can probably still find a way to make breakfast taste like dessert.
How to Make Overnight Oats
There are ENDLESS recipes dotting Pinterest for the perfect overnight oats concoctions, but if you’re missing a few ingredients, rest assured, the formula follows basically the same pattern for them all:
Dry steel cut oats (NOT instant)
Enough liquid to make them mushy (milk, water, coconut milk — you decide!)
Sweetener of your choice
Toppings (fruit, chocolate, anything goes)
Flavorings (vanilla protein powder and cocoa powder are favorites)
Whisk all of your wet ingredients together in a small bowl.
Stir all of your dry ingredients together in another.
Mix it all together and dump it in jars.
Put the lids on, and let them sit overnight.
In the morning, you’ll have soft, mushy oats you can either choose to warm up or eat straight out of the jar cold with a spoon!
The key here is to use REAL oats — not instant ones. Look for steel-cut non-GMO oats, like Wheat Montana’s.
Alright, enough scouring Pinterest — we have you covered with 8 of the best overnight oat recipes a busy mom could ask for!
This classic flavor combination is made all the more textured by a topping of toasted pecans, which you can whip up the night before. The recipe calls for almond milk, but as with any overnight oats recipe, use whichever milk is your personal favorite!
Oh SWOON — my favorite flavor combination ever right here. This one is hopelessly simple to throw together, and I’m willing to bet you could even use frozen strawberries if getting them fresh is tricky in your area. Use vanilla greek yogurt for an extra punch of protein.
This one calls for a specific order of ingredients, so start with the oats and end with the milk to get the best consistency. Brown sugar is delicious, but coconut sugar adds its own hint of flavor while being a little easier on the blood sugar.
This recipe is one that asks you to specifically mix the dry and the wet ingredients separately. Though the recipe says to use cling wrap over a bowl, you can also leave them to soften up in mason jars in your fridge overnight for a quick grab-and-go breakfast.
If you like Nutella on your Nutella, you HAVE to try these Nutella overnight oats. This recipe calls for a crunchy topping of crushed granola bars, but you can just buy a bag of your favorite loose granola and get the same delicious effect.
I love recipes like this — just add all of the ingredients to a jar, shake ‘em, and leave them in the fridge overnight. Easy peasy. These oats are 21-day fix approved, and with an addition of chia seeds, CRAZY healthy.
Because you know you want cake batter for breakfast.
It’s a pretty simple concept — just add vanilla greek yogurt and a bit of sweetener for that cake-like taste. If you want a bit more oomph and vanilla in the mix, add a half scoop of vanilla protein powder (and don’t forget the sprinkles).
This basic recipe is perfect for customizing on the spot — just whip up a batch the night before, and let the kids add their own toppings in the morning, so everybody gets what they want!
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