Overnight Oats Five Ways

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.

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.

Overnight Oats Five Ways
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

Instructions

  1. 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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