Creamy, wholesome Overnight Oats are as simple as refrigerating a mixture of oats, milk, and yogurt overnight for an instant, no-cook breakfast…and they can be flavored with your favorite additions, like PB Banana, Raspberry Nutella, or Coconut Almond!
Welllll…even though I may very well be the last one to hop on the Overnight Oats bandwagon, I do believe I am the newest, most enthusiastic member.
Y’ALL. Have you tried Overnight Oats before? I am blown away at how effortless they are, how good they are, how nourishing they are. And the possibilities for dressing them up? Endless. I did a little experimentation this round to come up with Peanut Butter Banana, Raspberry Nutella, and Coconut Almond flavors, but I honestly can’t decide which one I like the best. I’m only sorry that I didn’t try this genius concoction sooner!
So for all of you OO novices out there like myself, allow me to explain. Before heading to bed, you basically combine regular rolled oats with yogurt and milk. To that mixture you add a few additional ingredients for texture and flavor. Then you simply cover and pop it in the fridge…and in the morning, your creamy, filling, wholesome breakfast is ready and waiting!
The flavor of your oats will, of course, depend upon the extra ingredients you decide to add. As far as texture, the closest thing to which I can compare these Overnight Oats would be a thick, luxurious pudding. The oats soften and swell up and the whole mixture becomes thick and creamy…it’s almost like eating dessert for breakfast, really. 😉 Once you make this recipe a time or two, you’ll get a sense for whether you prefer your oats creamier or drier (necessitating more or less milk/yogurt). Finally, it’s easy to tweak the sweetness of this recipe by using plain versus vanilla yogurt, or you can always add a little honey or maple syrup as a natural sweetener.
Now let’s talk about the specific ways I decided to embellish my Overnight Oats (though keep in mind that the possibilities are endless).
Option A is Peanut Butter Banana, and it’s as easy as it sounds. Simply mash a banana and stir it into your oat mixture along with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. Mix in a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of honey, and you’re good to go. As you can see, I topped my jar of oats with an additional dollop of PB, some sliced bananas, and a few chopped peanuts, but you don’t have to go to the trouble unless you want to…that was mainly for the photo op. Rumor has it that a few mini chocolate chips might be decadently delicious on this variation as well… 😉
Next up, we have a Raspberry Nutella flavor! Again, it’s perfectly straightforward with additions of (wait for it!) raspberries and Nutella. In the morning, I added extra raspberries on top as well as some toasted, sliced almonds for crunch, but just about any nut would be tasty.
My final Overnight Oats inspiration for you is Coconut Almond. This variation actually gets a bit thicker than the others thanks to the coconut, so feel free to thin it out with a splash of extra milk, if you wish. I chose to use coconut milk in this one to make it even more coconutty, as well as vanilla yogurt instead of plain. Then I topped it with more coconut and a handful of crunchy almonds. And by the way, if you decide to add chocolate chips to this one, you could just go ahead and call it Almond Joy Overnight Oats. Mmm-mmm-MMMM!
So have I convinced you to give Overnight Oats a spin? They’re my new favorite breakfast. They’re easy and make-ahead, they’re healthy and filling, picky kids love ’em…what more can you ask of a way to start your morning?
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