As busy as I am most days, I don’t always have time to turn on the stove to make a hot breakfast. Breakfast foods are my absolutely favorite, and it is truly the most important meal of the day. A couple of years ago, I discovered these quick overnight oat recipes that are filling, and save me a lot of time in the morning.
Eating oatmeal for breakfast has a number of benefits. Oatmeal:
- Contains soluble fiber which stays in the stomach longer and helps you feel fuller, longer.
- Decreases LDL cholesterol, or “bad cholesterol” by 10-15%.
- Decreases risk of high blood pressure.
- Is rich in vitamans and minerals, such as thiamin, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
If you’re not a huge fan of traditional oatmeal, these overnight oats might be the solution for you! With a few added ingredients, you could learn to love these sweet treats.
What You’ll Need:
- 3/4 cup oatmeal (rolled or instant)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Handful of fresh fruit (berries are best)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup milk
To start, grab a Mason jar or any glass jar that you have in your kitchen. If you don’t want to go out and spend any additional money, use an empty pickle jar like I do.
Next, pour in your oats.
Then, grab a spoon and layer your Greek yogurt on top. If you don’t have any Greek yogurt if your refrigerator , you can use regular yogurt as a substitute. Also, flavored yogurt can be used instead of plain yogurt. However, if you’re using flavored yogurt, make sure that the flavors come together tastefully.
If you’d like to continue layering in this fashion, you can. Because I’m only making enough for one serving, I’m going to make 1 layer of oats and 1 layer of yogurt.
After adding your yogurt, add your fruit. This is where you can get creative. Because I only had strawberry yogurt at hand, I decided to dice some kiwis for a tropical twist on my overnight oats. However, using berries can make the addition of fruit much simpler and less messy. Popular berries to add include strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
On top of the fruit, I added a tablespoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
Lastly, add the milk and honey for sweetness.
When you’re done, put the lid on the jar and vigorously shake the ingredients together, making sure that the yogurt and milk coat all of the oats.
And as the name suggests, place your oats in your refrigerator overnight.
And here’s what they look like after “marinating” overnight. The oats becoming soft and soak up all of the sweetness from the fruit, milk, and honey.
These delicious on-the-go treats are a personal favorite, and I urge you to give them a try.
If you’re loving this idea, get creative and try other combinations of flavors. I’ve also made chocolate chip + peanut butter, salted caramel + pretzel, peaches + cream, and many more. There are endless possibilities!
Head on over to my Pinterest page and look through my “Breakfast On-the-Go” board for more overnight oats ideas.