I’m all for anything to make my mornings easier. Like most people, I cherish my precious sleep and wake up as late as I possibly can. That idea occasionally backfires when I’m rushing to curl my hair, apply mascara, and enjoy my freshly brewed cup of coffee. Making breakfast can be time consuming but I typically stick with easy, quick, nutrient rich breakfasts that I can take on the go. I personally never skip breakfast because I truly do believe that it is important to eat a fiber rich breakfast to satisfy your hunger all morning. As a physical therapist, I don’t have too much time in between my busy caseload of patients to be snacking. I rely on a large, hearty breakfast to keep my full until noon or later.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats is very simply cold oatmeal which is prepared the night prior to consuming. The milk is absorbed into the oats overnight giving you the most perfect consistency. They do not taste soggy and truly maintain the integrity of an oat. A 1:1 ratio of oats to milk usually works however I found my perfect consistency to be 3/4:1 ratio. This will make a large portion. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to eat too much in the morning, try 1/2 cup oats with 3/4 cup milk.
Why this is a perfect breakfast
- It requires NO COOKING! For all of you out there who hate cooking, this is the breakfast for you!
- It is so versatile. Use your creativity and customize your bowl
- There is about 14 grams of protein per serving! This will vary slightly based on the toppings you choose
- This breakfast is cost effective at only about $1.89 per serving
- Oats provide a significant source of fiber and are low on the glycemic index so unlike typical breakfast cereals which are also quick and easy, oats will not spike your blood sugar
- 3/4 cup oats (old fashion comes out best)
- 1 cup milk (I use oat milk)
- Optional toppings: maple syrup, chia seeds, fruit, seeds, nuts
- The night prior, place oats and milk together in a mason jar. Stir to combine and let sit in the fridge overnight
- Enjoy fresh in the morning and assemble with toppings
Classic Vanilla Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 1/2 cup of oats with 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp maple syrup. In the morning add plain granola.
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
Combine 3/4 cup of oats, 1 cup of oat milk, 1 TBSP chia seed, 2 TBSP creamy peanut butter and 1 TBSP of maple syrup. Stir to combine and do not worry if the peanut butter is not perfectly combined. In the morning, top with sliced bananas and chopped walnuts.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 3/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of oat milk and 1 TBSP of cocoa powder. In the morning, transfer to a bowl and add sliced strawberries and chocolate granola.
Blueberry Bliss Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 3/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of oat milk, and 1/4 cup crushed fresh or frozen blueberries. In the morning, top with more blueberries, granola, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds. Drizzle with honey on top.
Anti-inflammatory Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 3/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of almond milk, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey. Top with almond slices, raisins and a tsp of vanilla.
Very Berry Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 3/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 TBSP of maple syrup. Let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning transfer to a bowl and add strawberries, blueberries, and banana slices. Sprinkle 1 tsp of chia seeds and 1 TBSP of pumpkin seeds on top.
Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup oat milk, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp maple syrup.
Pina Colada Overnight Oats
Combine and stir 3/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of coconut milk, 1/3 cup canned pineapple, and 1 tsp honey. In the morning transfer to a bowl and add chopped mango, banana slices and coconut flakes.
I personally love to prep these in mason jars because it makes it easy to transport this breakfast to work. It’s a good idea to purchase the leakproof covers that are dishwasher safe. You can buy these tops from Amazon by clicking here. If I’m planning on adding more toppings in the morning, I’ll transfer the oats from the mason jar to a bowl but I almost always eat straight from the mason jar. Buying a 4 pack is perfect for meal prepping too!
As far as toppings go, I always crumble some gluten free Bee Free warrior mix granola on top. You can purchase this granola using my link here. You can get 30% off your first purchase by using code WARRIORSTRONG30 at checkout!
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Want more simple breakfast inspiration? Check out my quick breakfast smoothies here. Don’t forget to comment below if you made this recipe. Let me know how it turned out. You can also tag me on instagram @ahealthyprofit since these always look so beautiful!