Overnight Oatmeal

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Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

Overnight oatmeal is a healthy, affordable and tasty breakfast solution for busy mornings. It can be made with quick, rolled, steel cut or even quick cooking steel cut oats. As well as with cow’s or any plant based milk like almond milk etc. After making overnight oats in jar for 4 years, I came to a conclusion that my favourite kind is basic overnight oats recipe with only 4 ingredients. If and when I feel like chocolate, fruit or cinnamon, I can easily add it then. Otherwise, simplicity is best.

There is a difference which type of oats you use to make overnight oatmeal, in terms of nutrition and texture. The major differential between oats is the different fibre content. The more processed oats, lower the fibre, lower nutrition, lower satiety. Over the years I have tried all types of oats to make overnight oats and will share my thoughts below.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

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4 Types of Oats to Use in Overnight Oatmeal

Quick (Cooking) or Quick Rolled Oats

Quick oats are whole oat groats that are first steamed and then flattened into flakes on a machine. They are the most processed oats with the highest glycemic index (GI) of 66. It means you will feel hungry the soonest after eating quick oats.

Quick (instant) oats produce the softest overnight oatmeal with creamy consistency, soaking up milk the fastest, so you can eat them 6 hours after preparation (make in the morning, eat for an afternoon snack).

Rolled or Old Fashioned Oats

Rolled oats are steamed for shorter time than quick oats, producing more nutritious oatmeal with GI 42-55 and chewy texture.

Rolled (old fashioned) oats “cook” as fast as quick oats and produce a soft textured oatmeal with a bit of chewiness.

Steel Cut or Irish Oats

Steel cut oats are uncooked whole groats that have been cut into smaller pieces with steel blades (hence, the name). Because they are not processed, they contain the highest amount of fibre and protein.

Steel cut oats produce the chewiest (crunchiest) overnight oatmeal and definitely have to be soaked overnight. They will stay crunchy for days and texture is a matter of personal taste. Overnight oatmeal’s consistency will be more runny than with other types of oats because steel cut oats are not as absorbent.

Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats

Quick cooking steel cut oats are lightly toasted whole oat groats cut into smaller pieces than steel cut oats. They are my favourite oats to use for making overnight oatmeal because they offer almost the same nutritional benefits as steel cut oats, with a softer texture closer to  rolled oats. And probably because I can buy a huge bag at Costco dirt cheap. Quick cooking steel cut oats have to be soaked overnight like still cut oats.

Looking for more make ahead breakfasts? Try quinoa breakfast bake, vanilla chia pudding or sweet potato egg casserole.

How to Make Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

In any glass container with a tight seal lid, add milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oats. If you want to use smaller jars (pictured), add scant (1-2 tbsp less) of milk and oats, so jars don’t overflow. If you would like to add toppings in the morning, use bigger jars.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

Stir well with a spoon. Refrigerate overnight.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

This is what overnight oatmeal (with quick cooking steel cut oats) looks like a few hours later.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with any oats and milk, refrigerated overnight in a jar for up to 5 days for an easy healthy breakfast.

When ready to eat, stir and top with favourite toppings: nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes etc.

If overnight oatmeal is too thick, adjust with milk. Also add more maple syrup if desired. I wouldn’t recommend using honey because it doesn’t dissolve well in cold milk.

Recipe

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving (8 oz jar)

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In any glass container with a tight seal lid, add milk, maple syrup, vanilla and oats; stir well with a spoon. If you would like to add toppings in the morning, use bigger jars. If you want to use smaller jars (pictured), add scant (1-2 tbsp less) of milk and oats, so jars don’t overflow.
  2. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to eat, stir and top with favourite toppings: nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes etc. If overnight oatmeal is too thick, adjust with milk. Also add more maple syrup if desired.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Notes

Consistency of oatmeal will depend on the type of oats. I used quick cooking steel cut oats. I wouldn’t recommend using honey because it doesn’t dissolve well in cold milk.

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Nutritional Info (with quick oats)

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 195.7
Total Fat: 4.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 135.6 mg
Total Carbs: 32.2 g
Sugars: 4.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
Protein: 5.8 g
WW Points+: 5

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63 comments on “Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Man, I am so going to try this. I keep seeing recipes for overnight oats popping up everywhere and something tells me that I just need to try them! They look phenomenal. I love the endless possibilities. (and the protein! woot.)
    Pinning this!

  2. I am LOVING the idea of a mini coffee pot in my room within an arm’s reach of my bed. Dreamy! 🙂 Overnight oats are the best… I’ve never made them without using yogurt and have never included maple syrup. So, anxious to try this!

    1. Let’s keep dreaming, Kim. I think it’s crazy to do that but maybe not. Especially on weekends I would love just to reach for a cup and lay in bed for a while enjoying the window view while sipping coffee. I have never made oats with yogurt. How do you do that?

  3. Could you use cow’s milk if you’re into that sort of thing? Thanks for the recipe — I keep finding yogurt-based recipes and I just can’t bring myself to enjoy yogurt. Can’t wait to try this!!

  4. Olena, I tried your recipe last night. Had for breakfasts this morning. I used steel cut and organic oats mix. Coconut milk (vanilla) made in mason jars. I am in LOVE with this!!! I added strawberries and chai. Sipped my coffee. I love this. And its like a little present in a mason jar! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Steel oats is twice more the calories then oats. I didn’t realize it until I had made this a couple of times and got addicted. Need to try the regular oats. Don’t wants so many calories in the morning.

    1. Yes, they are although breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day. So, maybe it’s a good thing. Nutritional value included for quick oats.

  6. I have never been a fan of oatmeal until a couple of weeks ago when I tried steel cut oats after a 5K, it was so chewy and delicious. I actually made some this morning for the first time. I love the idea of these overnight oats…it will make breakfast meal prep quick & easy. And great suggestion of adding quinoa too. Blessings!

    1. I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal either. Or I like my oats cooked in a certain way-crunchy steel cut oats. Like you. Not soft and mushy though. You would love steel cut oats in this recipe!:)

    1. Chia seeds are sold in majority of grocery stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods. I probably wouldn’t expect to find them at Walmart.:) I buy this 2lb bag in Costco or you can order on Amazon.
      I’m a bit confused about what quinoa. This is overnight oats recipe. You put them in uncooked. If you want to add a little bit of quinoa, you could. Just a tbsp, not more. It has very nutty taste and tastes a bit bitter in the overnight oats. I tried and didn’t like it much.

      1. Quinoa has a bitter/soapy taste if not washed before using. I assume this is true when used raw as well. Try rinsing thoroughly in cold water, really swish them around well with your hand, then drain and use. This will eliminate most of the bitterness.

  7. Hi

    Just ate it and it was yummy, wish I had made more! Second recipe I’ve made of yours so definitely going to try a third!! Thanks!

  8. I keep seeing overnight oats on pinterest and I’m going to break down and try them. Anyone used chocolate almond milk before? That’s all I have. I think in the morning some pecans and fresh blueberries will pair well with it!

    1. Absolutely! Actually your flavour combination sounds great! I will be restocking myself tomorrow for the week too. Haven’t made these in a while but now that my oven is broken I’m going back.

  9. This will probably sound odd but do you cook the oats first or no? Sounds great and would love to try. I have a son and a hubby who hate to cook! They could just grab it and take it to work or eat it at home!

    1. No need to cook the oats. They “cook” overnight in the fridge. Quick oats are instant and pre-cooked basically. Rolled oats are chewier but still no need to cook.

  10. This looks delicious and I’m so excited to try it for tomorrow. Should I only make one jar per day or can I make five jars ahead of time since they keep for five days?
    Thanks for the great recipe!
    Lili

    1. Just whatever size you have. You know the most common one, kind of medium small. It doesn’t expand much. Sorry I don’t do much canning, so am not very jar proficient.

  11. Great to see. Not new though. I grew up on this 50 yrs ago in UK where it is called Swiss Museli. We used to just make a big bowl full of milk soaked, large oats then in the morning add any chopped nuts, fresh or dried fruit. Of course, chia wasn’t in my area back then and the thought of milking an almond…!

  12. The idea of overnight oats has had me intrigued for a while and after stumbling across this recepies I though I would give it a go. The almond milk adds a lovely flavour to the oats. I just put the oats and milk in the fridge overnight and substituted the maple syrup for honey, adding it to the oats in the morning. I added some raspberries (very slightly warmed up for they had a nice texture running through the porridge) and some mixed seeds. Very nice and I like that different things can be added each day, making it versatile and very easy to make!

  13. Isn’t this quite a sugar-packed breakfast? Women are only supposed to have up to 6g of sugar a day and this has almost that in one serving 🙁 I realise it’s not nasty refined sugar but still seems quite high.

    1. Sorry – I misread info somewhere else on how many grams of sugar we should have a day and mistook teaspoons for grams 🙂 please ignore my earlier comment. By the way, the oats were yummy!

      1. I just made overnight oats for the first time I used the steel cut oats, almond milk, yogurt, bananas, strawberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey, topped it with a dash of vanilla and some sliced almonds, my jar was very full as you can imagine, I am worried about it exploding in my refrigerator I had to push everything down to screw the lid on my mason jar should I take the lid off or loosen it? any suggestion? I can’t wait to try these fabulous recipes you ladies have come up with

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