How to make overnight oats - a healthy breakfast loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Including a how-to for a base easy overnight oats recipe, 5 flavor variations, + top tips and FAQs!
You can prepare the oats in individual cups/jars or make the entire base in a large bowl and separate it into portions later.
Combine the rolled oats and chia seeds.
Add all the remaining base ingredients (milk, yogurt, and sweetener) and mix well.
Place the oats in the refrigerator, covered, to thicken for a minimum of 2 hours, though overnight is best.
I like to prepare the flavor combinations before refrigerating (so my breakfast is set for the next 5 days) but you can also do it at the time of serving. Layer the jar with the fruit or jam at the bottom, add the oats base, then add the other add-ins on top. Or you could stir everything together. Then place in the fridge.Keep add-ins you don't want to get soggy separately until it's time to serve (e.g. if you want to keep the biscuits crispy).
When ready, enjoy the easy overnight oats with your add-ins or toppings of choice.
Adjust the consistency: If the oats are too thick, add more milk. If they're too thin, add more oats and allow them to sit for a little longer (around 30 minutes).
For chewier overnight oats: Soak it for just 2-4 hours rather than overnight. The less soaking time, the chewier the oats will be, though they will also be thinner/more liquidy.
Adjust the sweetness: According to personal taste.
To increase the protein: You could add 2-3 tablespoon of your favorite plain or vanilla protein powder. Increase the milk by the same amount.
Add nuts/seeds before serving: If left to soak overnight, they can soften and lose their crunch. The same can be said for most toppings and sprinkles. Even the fruit will do best added right before serving, so it doesn’t become mushy in the oats.
Check the blog post for more ingredients notes, toppings ideas, and answers to top FAQs!