Why does oatmeal get such a bad rap? There's something comforting about warm spicy oatmeal in the fall and winter, and cold overnight oats in the summer. The first time I had oatmeal was when I was visiting family in the states and my baby cousin had dino oatmeal as a snack. You know, the kind with sugar eggs that melt when you add hot water and the sugar dinosaurs come out? No, it's definitely not a healthy breakfast, if you were wondering.
The instant packets of raisin and spice oatmeal were my favorite throughout college, but after learning to make it from scratch, I've never looked back! In fact, I love it so much that I have it for breakfast almost every single day! Especially since becoming a mom, I've kept up with my oatmeal breakfast to support my breastmilk production.
As much as I love warm creamy oats, standing in front of the hot stove stirring a pot of oatmeal isn't very therapeutic in the summer. It's gotten so hot this past week, I can't live without my AC on! Overnight oats is perfect, since you can just grab it out of the fridge, grab a spoon from your drawer, and you're good to go! If you make it in a mason jar, you could even take it with you to work!
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats is a preparation method of oats that doesn't use heat. Rolled oats and liquid are mixed and left to soak overnight. It's a great way to save some time in the morning but still have a healthy breakfast!
How to make overnight oats
Overnight oats is one of the easiest dishes to make! All you need to do is measure out ingredients and stir with a spoon. Think you got what it takes? (Please say yes).
For simple and basic overnight oats, mix together oats, chia seeds, salt, maple syrup, and almond milk. As long as you have these core ingredients, you can get creative with mix-ins! For this overnight oats recipe, I've added cinnamon, vanilla, and dried tart cherries. Technically, salt and maple syrup are optional, but oats are quite bland so I consider both mandatory ingredients.
Although I enjoy overnight oats with almond milk, feel free to switch it up and use any milk of your choice! You can use cow's milk, or keep it vegan with dairy-free milk. If you know my love for hazelnuts, you know I'm dying to try it with hazelnut milk!
Tips for a pretty presentation
1. Don't put the oats into individual dishes until the morning. If you mix the ingredients in individual dishes, you can't avoid getting the sides or rims dirty (or, at least I can't). Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or tupperware first, and once the oats have soaked overnight, dish it out.
2. Toppings! Let's be honest. Overnight oats, much like oatmeal, isn't visually pleasing. On its own, it doesn't get me excited. So add some toppings for pretty points and texture!
My suggestions for toppings would be some coconut yogurt for extra creaminess, toasted sliced almonds for crunch, and more dried tart cherries for a fruity bite!
Overnight oats can also be gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats!
Need some other ideas for an oaty breakfast? Try my homemade granola! You won't be disappointed!
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Overnight Oats with Tart Cherries and Almonds
- 1 cup (100g) old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons (22g) chia seeds
- pinch of fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ vanilla bean
- 2 tablespoons (40g) maple syrup
- ¼ cup (35g) dried tart cherries
- 1¼ cup (300g) unsweetened almond milk
- coconut yogurt (optional)
- toasted sliced almonds (optional)
- In a bowl or large tupperware, combine all the ingredients. Cover and set in the refrigerator overnight, or a minimum of 5 hours. Serve cold with a dollop or coconut yogurt and a sprinkle of sliced almonds.
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