Overnight Oats – A simple spin on classic oatmeal made with just 4 simple ingredients. Easy to customize and so delicious!
I am an oatmeal person. Whether it is baked, slow cooked, made in an instant pot, or just simply microwaved, I’ve made it. I go on kicks where it is literally the only thing I eat for breakfast for like, a year. My favorite way to make it recently has been making overnight oats. I love that I can just throw all of the ingredients together in a mason jar and forget about it in the fridge until morning.
Now it’s important to note that this is a super easy recipe that is meant to be customized with fun toppings. The base is just 4 simple ingredients – oats, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. I added fresh fruit and almonds to mine in the pictures but experiment and try different toppings!
Common Questions About Making Overnight Oats
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are a type of oatmeal made by combining old fashioned oats, milk, and flavorings overnight in a jar in the fridge.
What kind of oats should I use?
I suggest using rolled old fashioned oats. They don’t fall apart and get mushy like a quick cut oat and aren’t too hard like steel-cut.
What kind of milk should I use?
Any! I used dairy milk but any alternatives like oat, soy, almond, etc will all work.
Is this recipe vegan?
So long as you use non-dairy milk, it is! You can sweeten it with pure maple syrup and fresh fruit for a fun vegan breakfast.
What kind of toppings can I use?
There are so many great toppings to at to overnight oats! Some favorites of mine are –
- Peanut butter
- Pure maple syrup
- Fresh fruit
- Jam (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc)
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Protein powder
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- 1 cup rolled old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Toppings (all optional) - fresh berries, yogurt, honey, chocolate chips, etc
- Mix the oats, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl or jar.
- Place in the fridge overnight (at least 12 hours).
- Stir and top with your choice of toppings. Enjoy cold.
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