Meghan’s Corner: Overnight Oats
by Meghan E. White
If you want to change up your breakfast routine, try these fantastic overnight oats. They are creamy, delicious, and nutritious. Make individual servings or make a large batch for the whole week. A few minutes of prep the night before, and you’ve got a healthy meal for the morning.
Instead of cooking oats on the stove or in the microwave, leaving them to sit for several hours in milk softens them up as if they were cooked. It’s just a non-cooking way to make old fashioned oats. And let me assure you, they are so good. If you love oatmeal, then you will love overnight oats.
The sky's the limit as to what type of toppings you can add. Once you make the base recipe add any fruits, seeds, or nuts of your choosing. The beauty of this nutrition packed breakfast is customizing it to your liking.
I love the addition of chia seeds since they are loaded with good stuff. Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods. They have plenty of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are tiny, but they do add some nice texture to the oats.
Overnight oats are beneficial to your health, and they taste really good too. That’s a winning combo. Have fun with this recipe.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup milk
¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1. In a small jar add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup or honey.
2. Stir to combine the ingredients. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
4. Stir the oats before serving. Add the toppings. Enjoy!
● Old fashioned oats are ideal. Steel cut oats don’t soften up. Quick oats get soggy.
● Milk. Use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk as an alternative.
● Yogurt. You can swap out dairy based yogurt for plant based. Or omit the yogurt.
● Other add-ins. Add vanilla extract or almond extract. Add peanut butter, jams, dried fruits, protein powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seed, or anything else you like. Be creative.
● Add fresh fruit and toppings just before serving. The fruit and nuts will get mushy if they sit mixed in the oats overnight.
● Enjoy the oats cold or warm. Just heat them up for a minute or two in the microwave if you prefer warm oats. Both cold and warm are delicious.
● Use any type of jar or glassware. Make sure to cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
● You can make a large batch. If you don’t want to make individual servings just increase the ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Cover the bowl, refrigerate overnight, and scoop out the amount you want each morning.
● Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Fresh strawberries chopped
2 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread
2 tablespoon cashews chopped
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons peanuts chopped
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
2 tablespoons pistachios chopped
About the Author
Meghan was born in Southern California where she spent most of her youth. After several moves during her childhood, she ended up in Oregon, where she stayed for many years. Meghan never dreamed of being a writer, but God told her to write about Joey. After a few years of writing, it was time for a change of scenery. So, Meghan, her husband, and two sons picked up and moved to Texas. If you listen close you might catch her saying “Ya’ll” from time to time. She loves encouraging kids and adults through writing.