April 19, 2018 · Written by Foodtolive Team

6 Overnight Oatmeal Recipes You Should Try

Oatmeal is undoubtedly a healthy diet to start your day. It’ll give you a substantial energy to keep up with the busy demands of each day. It is easy to prepare and an ideal for people who are on the go. Another way of enjoying oatmeal is to make it overnight. Overnight oatmeal is a perfect fix for those who just can’t seem to have the time to spend in the kitchen even for a quick cook or for a busy fella who wants an easy-to-grab-healthy-breakfast on the morning rush. Overnight oatmeal is a no-cook method of preparing the oats. The basic principle behind it is to mix your favorite oats with some liquid of your choice by adding your favorite fruits and nuts. Put it in a mason jar or to a food container with a lid. Leave it overnight in the refrigerator. The oats will absorb all the liquid making it soft, creamier and dense. In the morning, you have a delicious pudding-like oat that you can eat before you go or you can bring it along with you on your workplace for later consumption.

These 6 overnight oatmeal recipes will jumpstart you in making a simple yet yummy overnight oatmeal. If it is your first time to make it, it is recommended that you use old-fashioned or rolled oats. It won’t get mushy like instant oats and unlike steel cut oats that remain crunchy even if soaked overnight, rolled oats are just perfect to have the creamy consistency. The ratio between liquid and oats should be 1:1. If you want to incorporate healthy seeds like chia, flax or any other dry ingredients, please take note that it absorbs lots of liquid that thickens the mixture so you may need to adjust the liquid accordingly.

Basic overnight oatmeal

1. Basic overnight oatmeal

This recipe is the foundation of overnight oatmeal. From here, you can concoct healthy variations by mixing in your favorite fruits and nuts.

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup liquid of your choice (almond, soy, or coconut milk will do just fine but make it unsweetened),
  • ½ cup yogurt (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • ½ banana mashed.

Give it a good stir and leave overnight in the fridge. You may opt to add more milk in the morning if you want to get the right consistency. Topped it with your best-loved fruits. With this basic recipe, you can experiment with combining peanut butter and banana, apples, cinnamon and maple syrup, coconut flakes, almonds and lemon zest or blueberries, pecans and honey.

Chocolate chips oatmeal

2. Chocolate chips oatmeal

This concoction is for chocolate lovers. It makes a large serving or you may divide it into 2 portions. You can top it with sliced banana and additional chocolate chips.

  • ½ cup Greek or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cups milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • ½ banana mashed,
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp sweetened chocolate chips.

Give it a gentle stir. Pour it to a mason jar or tightly sealed container. Refrigerate it overnight.

Fruit lovers overnight oats

3. Fruit lovers overnight oats

The natural sweetness in this recipe comes from the all-time favorite tropical fruits we enjoy so much. It gives also additional fiber, vitamins and minerals on your diet.

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup canned or fresh pineapple
  • 1/3 cup canned or fresh mango
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes.

Gently stir all ingredients. Refrigerate overnight.

Strawberry Chia

4. Strawberry Chia

This recipe is haven for those that loves to eat strawberries. It is an additional source of fiber, protein and folate. This recipe is jampacked with anti-oxidants, vitamins and mineral coming from chia seeds. It is also a good source of protein to those who eat little or no meat.

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp chia seed
  • ½ cup strawberries, chopped
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or honey

Whisk together milk and vanilla. Pour it to oatmeal, chia, strawberries, banana mixture. Gently stir. Refrigerate overnight. You can pour additional milk on it in the morning if you like. Topped it with almonds or walnuts or you can soak the nuts to the strawberry-chia mixture overnight if you want it to soften for better digestibility. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup.

Chocolate peanut butter

5. Chocolate peanut butter

This is a classic recipe for oats that makes a good dessert as well. Who can even resist the chocolate peanut tandem? It is indulging to a comfort food with a whole lot of familiar taste of chocolate and peanut butter.

  • ½ cup Greek or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup liquid or milk of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp chia seed
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup

Gently stir all ingredients. Store in mason jar or container with lid and refrigerate overnight. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup before eating.

Carrot cake

6. Carrot cake

A cake for breakfast? This is a guiltless indulgence with tons of nutritional value. It will surely give you a boost of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin K and anti oxidants. It is filling and a great additional diet for weight watchers.

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp chia or ground flax meal
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup

Gently stir all ingredients. Put it in air tight container or mason jar overnight. Topped with carrots and drizzle with maple or honey just before eating.

These are the 6 overnight oatmeal recipes that you can enjoy. It will rev you up for the everyday hustle and bustle. It’s very convenient to prepare in less time. Try all these yummy advantages from these recipes and make your oatmeal a step higher in becoming nutritious rather than a boring plain one.