This recipe for Basic Overnight Oats is the base for creating any version of the dish you like. Start here and get creative.
Okay, y’all… I’m sick. As in sneezing, coughing and just plain gross sick. This is sooooo not how I planned to start the New Year. I was all in the “new year, new you” mentality and ready with my resolutions and then BAM! Sick.
So that’s where I’ve been the past several days. Just. Trying. To. Survive!
Here we are 5 days into the New Year and I haven’t had the energy to step foot in the gym (although I did consider dropping the kids off in the daycare so I could run down and shower in peace in quiet…), but I haven’t completely gotten behind on my plans. So there’s a small silver lining (and there I am being positive, which is yet another part of my resolutions, so yay!).
I am somehow maintaining healthy eating habits, which may or may not be linked to just not wanting to eat period, but I’ll take it. It’s a start! And you have to start somewhere. Just like this recipe for Basic Overnight Oats. It’s the start of one of the most perfectly satisfactory breakfasts you can eat.
I had planned on giving you all the amazing benefits of overnight oats and how healthy they are, but alas my brain is mush at the moment so you are getting the bare bones of this recipe and information.
I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t start out loving overnight oats. I KNOW! They’re amazing, but and this is just my own humble opinion, BUT I feel like they’ve come a long way since I first wrote about them. The latest version has sort of evolved into this Overnight Oat/Chia Seed Pudding combo, which, again in my humble opinion, is just pure bliss!
Well, it’s been several years since I’ve actually made them for my family and after ordering some at a local smoothie shop I had a quick realization that this could be the answer to the eggs for breakfast that we tend to eat around here EVERYDAY! Not that I don’t love eggs, because I sure do… but… sometimes you need to switch it up!
This is the most basic or rather the base recipe for Overnight Oats. Meaning, you can add anything you like such as spices (Nutmeg and Cinnamon are a good start, or perhaps some Cocoa Powder – get crazy!), and you can top it off however your heart desires. For me this meant some granola, Bee Pollen and a little bit of fruit and honey, but again you can go wild here.
Basic Overnight Oats
- 2/3 cup Plain Yogurt
- 1 cup Oats
- 1⅔ cup Milk non-dairy will also work
- 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Ground Flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 4 tablespoons Honey
- 1/4 cup Granola
- 4 teaspoons Bee Pollen
- 1/4 cup Strawberries chopped
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and place it in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Close and store in the fridge for at least 5 hours, or overnight. You may find you want to add a little additional milk if your mixture is too thick.
- If adding the additional toppings as you see in the pictures then layer your serving jar with honey, then place the finished overnight oats on top. Sprinkle the final ingredients on top along with the fruit.
If you’d really like to add some healthy and delicious flavor to this recipe then make a batch of this Healthy Granola Recipe to go on top.