Overnight Oats Five Ways

11.24.2016

Overnight Oats 5 Ways | Cooking Classy

Where have overnight oats been all my life? I know I’m late to this party because I just recently tried overnight oats for the first time but I have to say they are totally genius! Prep them the night before you want to eat them then wake up to a ready to eat, delicious, creamy bowl of oatmeal the next day. Overnight oats are so versatile and just like a classic warm bowl of oatmeal they are so easy to make. The mix in options are endless! I couldn’t pick just one favorite so I’ve picked five overnight oat recipes I use to share with you guys.

To make overnight oats all you have to do before you go to bed at night, just mix together oats, almond milk (or other milk of your choice), Greek yogurt, and other toppings you desire. Then you wake up in the morning and ta-da, breakfast is already ready and waiting for you to enjoy! I’m not much of a morning person so these are perfect for me.

Overnight Oats 5 Ways | Cooking Classy

First up there’s the banana almond flax. If I had to pick a favorite this may just be it. I just can never get enough of that delicious almond extract flavor and it’s so good with almond butter and bananas. It makes it taste more like a treat. Then that bit of flax in it just adds a little more nutrition.

Banana Almond Flax Overnight Oats | Cooking Classy

The next one here is the Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. It like a healthy version of pumpkin pie, and it’s perfect for this time of year when you have a little bit of left over pumpkin puree in your fridge that you need to use up. Pumpkin pie for breakfast, yes please! With this one I’d say 1 Tbsp maple syrup is a must but maybe that’s just me. With any of these you can use an alternate form of sweetener such as stevia. I just prefer the flavor of honey or maple syrup in these.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats | Cooking Classy

Another overnight oatmeal flavor you need to try is this Berry Chia Overnight Oats. This one is perfect for summer when all of those sweet, juicy berries are in season. I love the berry and chia seed combo and it works perfect for overnight oats.

Berry Chia Overnight Oats | Cooking Classy

Here’s another one I love that mimics an decadent treat. These Chocolate (optional Peanut Butter) Overnight Oats are dreamy! What better way to start your day out than with a little chocolate? It’s kind of like eating chocolate pudding and you’re going to love it! I personally prefer this version with a scoop of peanut butter but try it with and without and see which you like better.

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Another one that’s perfect for this time of year with all of the apples galore are these Apple Autumn Spice Overnight Oats. I just can’t get enough of those crisp, sweet little bites of apples. They are a great way to put the apples in your fridge to good use and your mornings will thank you!

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A few tips: be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats here (not quick oats) or you won’t get right consistency. Let these soak for at least 6 hours for best results. To keep things like nuts nice and crisp wait to add the morning to add them so they keep that nice crunch. Now get started with this base recipe below try these flavors I’ve shared and create some of your own!

Overnight Oats Five Ways

Overnight Oats Five Ways

Ingredients

    Base recipe
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more to thin if desired
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free greek yogurt
  • 1 fair pinch fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 - 3 tsp honey or maple syrup, to taste
  • Pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch each nutmeg and cloves
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries, for topping
  • 1 Tbsp raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, for topping
  • Chocolate
  • 2 - 3 tsp cocoa powder, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (optional)
  • 1/2 well ripened banana, mashed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips for topping (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp shredded toasted coconut, for topping (optional)
  • Berry Chia Seed
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries (chop strawberries)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • Banana Almond Flax
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 drops almond extract (pour it in the lid first so you don't add too much)
  • Apple Autumn Spice
  • 1/2 cup chopped crisp, sweet apples
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pecans, for topping

Directions

  • Add oats, almond milk, yogurt, salt and honey or maple syrup to a 16 oz. jar or bowl. Add mix-ins listed for desired flavor (don't add toppings until the next day). Stir then cover and refrigerate overnight. Thin with more almond milk if desired, add toppings if listed.
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20 comments

  • Tori//Gringalicious.com: These all look so delicious! Your creativity is off the charts here! November 25, 2016 at 4:08am Reply

  • Pris: Wow, great idea!
    I’m always looking for good before school meals. November 25, 2016 at 4:26am Reply

  • Deborah Bennett: So you’re eating these cold? Right out of the fridge? Even here in Southern California fall/winter mornings can be chilly enough to warrant a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I was hoping you would have a recipe for oatmeal cooked overnight in a slow cooker. I’ve done that a few times, but only once did it come out exactly right. November 25, 2016 at 12:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I know what you mean but as long as you’re dressed up warm and cozy they are still delicious :). It’s kind of just like having a smoothie, cold cereal or yogurt + granola as far as a cold breakfast (which I’m still eating all of those even though it’s 25 degrees outside). I’ve tried slow cooker oats before and they never cook even and the edges just burn so I’ve scrapped that idea. How I wish they’d work though! I do have several warm oatmeal recipes though if you’d like to try those (which you can cook in the microwave or stovetop). There’s banana, pumpkin, apple cran raisin, cinnamon roll or I have two baked oatmeal recipes which are delicious as well. I hope between those you are able to find something you like :). November 27, 2016 at 5:16pm Reply

  • Paige: These all look amazing! I’m definitely prepping some of these for next week!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com November 25, 2016 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: These all look delicious and so pretty! November 26, 2016 at 9:04am Reply

  • Jessica Gavin: Such a fan of the old fashioned rolled oats, looks fabulous! Getting hungry :) November 26, 2016 at 12:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica! November 27, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

  • Alus: Can I use oat milk? November 27, 2016 at 1:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be fine. November 27, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

  • Sabrina B: these look wonderful and a nice change to my routine breakfast drink, thanks for sharing all of these! November 27, 2016 at 10:27am Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: I have overnight oats in the fridge right now! Just maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, and walnuts!!Weird combination, but great taste! November 30, 2016 at 11:43pm Reply

  • Shennae: I made the one with the mashed banana and flaxseed meal but used coconut yoghurt instead of greek yoghurt. It’s very tasty! December 6, 2016 at 8:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy you liked it Shennae! December 7, 2016 at 12:38pm Reply

  • Tess Lecuyer: Overnight oats work if you put the oat-mix in 8oz canning jars (lids on) and use the crockpot as a waterbath overnight, with lid on. No crust!
    Remove, tighten lid, and take to work or open and have a hot lovely breakfast. December 9, 2016 at 1:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ll have to try that, thanks for the tip! December 10, 2016 at 1:42am Reply

  • Maja: Very good recipes, there is only one problem. I am European (Hungary)
    What is the extent of our unity: 1 kg. 1000 g. 100 g. We do not use cups (cups) The recipes are good, but I can not do anything with the units.
    ——————–
    1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (?)
    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (?)
    1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (?)

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    Nagyon jók a receptek, csak van egy probléma. Én európai vagyok (Magyar)
    Mi mértékegységünk: 1 kg. 1000 g. 100 dkg. Mi nem csészézünk (csésze)

    1/2 csésze régimódi zabpelyhet (?)
    1/2 csésze cukrozatlan mandulás tej, (?)
    1/4 csésze sima zsírmentes görög joghurt (?)

    Maja (Magyarország – Hungary) December 22, 2016 at 11:34am Reply

  • Amy: IM New to this overnight oats too. My friend suggested them to me but just so I understand (warning: dumb question ahead). You eat it cold? I thought only orphans had to do that!?!?(catch the movie Annie reference) January 16, 2017 at 11:22pm Reply

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