Overnight oats are a quick and convenient breakfast option that can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a quick and easy meal in the morning. They are made by soaking oats in milk and water (or other liquid) overnight, allowing the oats to soften and absorb the liquid.
Overnight oats can be customized with a variety of add-ins, such as fruit, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners, to add flavor and nutrients.
One of the benefits of overnight oats is that they are easy to make and require minimal prep time. They can be made in a single bowl and require no cooking, making them a convenient option for busy mornings. Overnight oats can also be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, so they are ready to eat when you are.
Overnight oats can be made with or without chia seeds and yogurt. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and they can be added to overnight oats to give them a nutrient boost.
However, they are not necessary to make overnight oats, and the oats will still be nutritious and tasty without them. Similarly, yogurt can be added to overnight oats to add protein and calcium, but it is not essential and can be omitted if desired. (If you want a recipe with yogurt but still without chia seeds, see Easy Overnight Oats No Chia Seeds)
To make overnight oats without chia seeds or yogurt, simply combine oats, milk, and water (or other liquid) in a bowl, and add any desired add-ins such as fruit, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners. Stir well to combine, then cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. In the morning, the oats will have softened and absorbed the liquid, creating a creamy and flavorful breakfast. Serve the oats cold or heat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.
Overall, overnight oats are a tasty and convenient breakfast option that can be customized to suit your tastes and dietary needs. Whether you choose to include chia seeds or yogurt is up to you, and either way, you can enjoy overnight oats without them, with the following recipe!
Overnight Oats without Chia Seeds or Yogurt
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup milk soy milk, almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup optional
- 1/2 cup fruit fresh or frozen, diced
- 1 tablespoon nuts or seeds optional
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, milk, and water. Stir well to combine.
- If using honey or maple syrup, add it to the oats and stir to combine.
- Add the diced fruit to the oats and stir to combine. If using nuts or seeds, add them at this point as well.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the oats to a lidded container and place it in the refrigerator.
- Allow the oats to soak in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- In the morning, remove the oats from the refrigerator and give them a stir. If the oats seem too thick, add a splash more milk to thin them out.
- Serve the oats cold or heat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (for chocolate oats)
1 scoop protein powder (for a protein boost)
I hope you enjoy this recipe for overnight oats!
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