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Overnight Oats make a healthy and easy breakfast recipe. Use any kind of oats. No cooking required. | ifoodreal.com

These overnight oats and that chia pudding are perfect for lazy clean eating breakfast makers like me. I ran out of ideas and was getting tired of peanut butter on a sprouted toast breakfast. I just hate cooking breakfast, can’t stand it. I think because I’m still half asleep and have to make sure 2 kids leave the house wearing same shoes and more than a cheese string in a lunch bag. You know?! I’m sure you know.

I told Alex I wish I had a mini coffee machine in our bedroom, that I could program for the morning and then just reach. 10 minutes later I’m a super mom. He suggested I do a review or a giveaway. Which is a good one, guys?!

Overnight Oats make a healthy and easy breakfast recipe. Use any kind of oats. No cooking required. | ifoodreal.com

Just like with my chia pudding, I make the overnight oats in Mason jars. Very convenient and oats stay fresh for up to 5 days. In the morning, I adjust the consistency with some almond milk (depends on a mood), top with nuts, chia and berries/fruit and voila. I love it!

The consistency of the oats depends on an amount of milk you add. And the texture on the kind of the oats. Quick oats will produce soft overnight oats, rolled oats will make the oatmeal chewy and steel cut oats produce a crunchy chewy oatmeal – my favourite! In this recipe I used Bob’s Red Mill organic quick cooking steel cut oats.

Overnight Oats make a healthy and easy breakfast recipe. Use any kind of oats. No cooking required. | ifoodreal.com

The overnight oats turned out delicious! A nutty taste of oats with almond milk is divine. Then the taste of pecans with cold almond milk => I died. Nutty explosion. I loved the texture, the fact it’s a cold breakfast and the endless flavour variations with toppings. You really do not have to boil oats in order to cook them. Quick and rolled oats are partially cooked anyways.

I added a bit more almond milk in the morning. I like soupy texture overnight oats. Then I added some pecans, fresh strawberries and chia seeds. Then I stir well. I like to taste a bit of everything in each spoonful. Alex loved the oats too plus mason jar convenience for breakfast on-the-go is a big bonus. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

What are your favourite overnight oats flavour combinations? Have you ever tried overnight oats?

Overnight Oats make a healthy and easy breakfast recipe. Use any kind of oats. No cooking required. | ifoodreal.com

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats, any (I used quick cooking steel cut oats)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened (or any milk: coconut, rice, hemp etc.)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Mason jar or any container with a tight lid (I prefer glass), give a good shake or stir and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, stir and top with favourite toppings: nuts, berries, fruit, coconut flakes etc. Adjust the thickness of an oatmeal with extra milk if desired. Also the amount of sweetener is up to a personal taste.
  2. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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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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61 Comments

  1. Abbie @ Needs Salt

    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!

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    • Olena

      Thank you for pinning Abbie! Yes. That’s what happened to me and I love them!!! Way better than cooked oatmeal in my opinion.

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  2. Kim | Just For Clicks

    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!

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    • Olena

      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?

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  3. nadia

    how lovely!!! so simple and I can almost taste how good and clean it is! Thanks Olena for your clean eating inspirations.

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  4. Karen

    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!!

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  5. Marina | Let the Baking Begin!

    I have done these with yogurt by accident once, meaning I was trying to make myself some parfe for breakfast the next morning but my oat granola and yogurt became overnight oats))) it’s really good 🙂

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  6. Kimberly

    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 🙂

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  7. Bonnie Schubert

    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.

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    • Olena

      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.

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  8. Nina

    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!

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    • Olena

      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!:)

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  9. Kelly

    Where do find chia seeds? And for the quinoa do u put it in as is or cook first?

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    • Olena

      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.

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      • Beth

        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.

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  10. Connie

    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!

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  11. Elaine

    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!

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    • Olena

      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.

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  12. Shanna

    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!

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    • Olena

      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.

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  13. Lili

    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

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  14. Lisa

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. What size mason jar would you recommend using for this recipe?

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    • Olena

      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.

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  15. Rich

    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…!

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  16. Rebecca

    I just put some of this in the fridge for tomorrow. I hope I like it. It was super easy!!!

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  17. joan ehnot

    Sounds good. Have Gluten-free Oats, the car, and frozen blueberries. Will see how that goes. j

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  18. G.e

    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!

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  19. Sindu

    Have heard a lot about overnight oats. will be trying this. Olena, can I use normal oats?

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  20. Paula

    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.

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    • Paula

      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!

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      • Olena

        Good because I was puzzled for a bit.:) I barely eat sugar and my recipes are quite low on added sugar. Glad you enjoyed the oats.

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  21. Clare

    I added chai spices to the milk with a little honey- tastes and smells amazing

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      • Jodi

        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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