When I first heard about Overnight Oats, I thought there was no way they could taste good. I mean really, uncooked oatmeal?! Yuck.
But, as happens more often than I like to admit, I was wrong.
I found that Overnight Oats not only taste amazing, but they are an excellent item to pack on road trips and eat in the summer when you really want something cold to eat. Since I do a lot of hiking, this little gem of a recipe became my new best friend! This Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe is easy to make, full of nutrients, a great addition for heart health and blood sugar regulation, and travels well.
Benefits of This Recipe
- So easy to grab and go which makes it a perfect recipe to save time in your morning routine.
- Perfect breakfast in the summer and much better for you (and the family) than sugary cold cereal.
- Heart-healthy oatmeal – need I say more?
- My go-to travel companion when taking road trips. I pack a couple of jars in the cooler and eat a little every morning.
- So many variations are possible for the recipe so it’s never boring!
- Great for vegans and vegetarians.
- Depending on which additional items (variations) you include, this little breakfast may also be full of antioxidants, protein, anti-inflammatory, and all kinds of additional nutritional goodness.
Healthy Overnight Oats Basic Recipe
Once milk is added, this Healthy Overnight Oats recipe will last about 3 days. My experience has been it starts to taste a little odd after that.
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- One Quart Mason Jar
- Old Fashioned Oats (don’t get the one-minute oats, they’ll be mushy) – about 2 cups
- Almond Milk (or the milk you like to drink)
- Monk fruit sugar (0 calories and doesn’t spike your blood sugar)
- Chia seeds – 1 Tablespoon
- Cinnamon – I like about 1 Tablespoon
- Vanilla extract (optional) – 2-3 Tablespoons
I’m not big on measuring, and fortunately, you don’t need to with this recipe. I’m pretty sure you can’t mess this up. Put in the amount of each ingredient based on what you like. For example, I love vanilla and cinnamon so I put more of these ingredients in than most people might like. More on the benefits of cinnamon below.
1. Fill the jar about halfway with Oats (about 2 cups).
2. Add cinnamon, chia seeds, and any other dry ingredients.
3. Put the lid on and shake it up to mix the contents. I like to play a little dance music at this point and shake up my whole body. But hey, you do you!
4. Add milk until it fills the jar (it should fully cover the dry ingredients). While it may appear there is too much milk, the chia seeds and oats will swell up overnight and it will be a thick, pudding-like consistency.
5. Put the lid on, shake it up again, and then put it in the refrigerator overnight.
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Let’s talk for a minute about the health benefits included in this Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe.
Oats: Oats have many health benefits. They are most known for their ability to manage blood sugar levels. But oats are also great for weight loss and heart health!
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is under-utilized in my opinion. This little spice packs a powerhouse of benefits ranging from boosting metabolism, decreasing acne, slowing cancer growth, lowering blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, and reducing inflammation. Learn more about the benefits of cinnamon by reading this article from WebMD: Cinnamon Health Benefits.
Flax Seeds & Almonds: I include flax seeds and almond slices in my personal version (see next section). You can view all the resources to the benefits of these seeds in my recipe for Nutty Pudding here.
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My Personal Version
Now, let me tell you how to spice things up and transition this recipe from basic to freakin awesome!
- Raisins (about 1/4 cup), cherries, strawberries, blueberries, or fruit of your choice.
- Almond slices (2 T)
- Flax seeds (1 or 2 T)
Try Any of the Following Variations or Create One of Your Own!
- Goji berries
- Cocao or chocolate powder
- Protein powder
Again, I don’t think you can mess it up so go crazy and enjoy this heart-healthy amazingly simple breakfast option. I almost always keep a small jar of this in the fridge and eat a couple of bites whenever I have a sugar craving. It feels like a desert and doesn’t take much to satisfy you!