Overnight Oats

One great way to enjoy oats that is fuss-free is overnight oats. What are overnight oats though? Overnight oats are essentially a no-cook oatmeal porridge.

 

Skip going the traditional stovetop or microwave route to prep your oatmeal. Also, skip the mess. A spoon, container, mixing bowl, knife, and chopping board are probably the only equipment you need.

 

You simply have to mix your oats with your liquid of choice and mixes. Then, leave it overnight in a sealed container in your fridge. Overnight the oats soften and swell in the liquid turning into thick, wholesome oatmeal. Making it perfect to eat after popping out of the fridge.

 

So, skip the fuss with overnight oats. Overnight oats are completely customizable too! Tickle your pickle. Give them a chance and you’ll never go back. 

 

 

Why oats?

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Oats are such a versatile carbohydrate jam-packed with healthy nutrients. If you didn’t know you could make so many dishes with oats, surprise!

 

What are the many benefits of oats?

  • Jam-packed with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants)
  • Great dietary fiber source and relieves constipation
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Controls blood sugar levels
  • Filling 
  • Aids weight loss
  • Prevents cardiovascular disease
  • Promotes healthy gut bacteria
  • High protein content

 

One simple ingredient reaps so many health benefits. Oats are a superfood. Therefore, everyone should consume more oats for general health. So, here are 5 overnight oat recipes you definitely should try.

 

 

1. Cinnamon Apple/ Apple Pie 

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Ah, this is the OG of oat recipes. Everybody knows cinnamon apple as their go-to spiced up oatmeal option. So, here’s the overnight oats version.

 

⅓ cup plain yogurt

½ cup quick-cook/ instant/ rolled oats

⅔ cup milk (of your choice – cow/ almond/ soy/ oat/ banana)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

0-2 tablespoons honey

1 ½  apple (diced/ roughly mashed)

 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Use 1 apple and leave the leftover half for garnish.
  2. Spoon into an airtight container and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy the next day. For added jazz, top off with ½ a diced apple and sprinkle of cinnamon before eating.

 

 

2. Chocolate Bomb 

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This is a 2 in 1 overnight oats recipe. Sinfully good, taste and health wise. Go all out with the chocolate if you want more. It’s up to you. However, if you want to cut back on the sugar from the chocolates, opt for cacao nibs to top your chocolate bomb oats. They’re a healthier alternative. Besides that, peanut butter is a great extra drizzle option. Since chocolate and peanut butter go so well together. This recipe will definitely win the hearts of chocolate lovers.

 

⅓ cup plain yogurt

½ cup quick-cook/ instant/ rolled oats

⅔ cup milk (of your choice – cow/ almond/ soy/ oat/ coconut, etc)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons Nutella

Pinch of salt

0-2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup chopped nuts (of your choice – almond/ walnut/ cashew/ macadamia)

¼ cup chopped chocolate (bar of your choice – snickers/ Cadbury/ milky bar, etc)

 

  1. Mix all ingredients except nuts and chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. Spoon into an airtight container and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy the next day. Top off with nuts and chocolate for garnish before eating.

 

 

3. Berry Cheesecake

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If you can’t get hold of fresh berries, get creative. Opt for an available fruit like peaches, mangos or whatever you feel like. Or, if you insist on berries but can’t get hold of them, try their preserves/ jam/ puree. Sub the berries with 2 tablespoons of preserves/ jam/ puree and cut the addition of honey to balance the sweetness.

 

⅓ cup plain yogurt

½ cup quick-cook/ instant/ rolled oats

⅔ cup milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup strawberries diced

½ cup blueberries diced

½ lemon zested and juiced

3 tablespoons softened cream cheese

Pinch of salt

0-2 tablespoons honey

2 Crushed graham crackers

 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Leave half the berries for topping later.
  2. Spoon into an airtight container and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy the next day. Top off with the remaining strawberries, blueberries, and crushed graham crackers for garnish before eating.

 

 

4. Tropical Holiday 

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For this, the fruit choices are pretty much up to you. Mix and match tropical fruits of your own choice if you want. This is a very versatile recipe. Though, try not to sub the coconut milk for any other milk because coconut is what makes this recipe.

 

⅓ cup plain yogurt

½ cup quick-cook/ instant/ rolled oats

⅔ cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup mango diced

¼ cup pineapple diced

¼ cup dragonfruit diced

½ banana diced

½ lemon juiced

2 tablespoons coconut flakes

Pinch of salt

0-2 tablespoons honey

 

  1. Mix all ingredients except fruits in a medium bowl.
  2. Spoon into an airtight container and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy the next day. Top off with the mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, and banana. And, drizzle some honey over for garnish before eating.

 

 

5. PB and Banana 

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If you’re feeling extra naughty for these overnight oats, top with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups or any other chocolate. Or, a drizzle of Nutella is a sinfully decadent touch. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven after all.

 

⅓ cup plain yogurt

½ cup quick-cook/ instant/ rolled oats

⅔ cup milk (of your choice – cow/ almond/ soy/ oat/ coconut, etc)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1 ½ ripe banana (1 banana mashed, ½ diced)

Pinch of salt

0-2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup chopped nuts (of your choice – almond/ walnut/ cashew/ macadamia)

 

  1. Mix all ingredients except nuts, diced banana, and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in a medium bowl.
  2. Spoon into an airtight container and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy the next day. Top off with nuts and diced banana. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for garnish before eating.

 

 

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So, give these recipes a try and you’re sure to be in love with overnight oats. Make them for yourself and your loved ones. Pro tip: for added gains, mix 1 scoop of protein powder in with your oats. This will improve its texture, add flavor, and make for a protein-packed breakfast.