This baby–overnight oats–has been doing the rounds lately on several health sites and food blogs. Some have great suggestions–more than 50 variations to make ahead and keep.
I never used to be a fan of oats until my doc recommended it for my Mom. And of course, anything his Grandma ate, my son had to eat. Strangely enough, oats never agreed with my Mom–or should I say she never agreed with them, but nevertheless, we started buying it regularly as we had a new fan at home.
I used to make it the regular way–cook it in milk, sweeten it, add some nuts and serve it in a bowl. My son considered it a meal. Pretty much like a sweet porridge, except it was firm, as our little prince does not prefer runny food.
Years later, oats became a good breakfast option for me, what with being diabetic. I would cook it plain then add some yogurt and a wee bit of pickle to transform it into heaven.
Sometimes I would just eat it cooked plain, with a dash of cinnamon and apple sauce. Or sliced banana.
Then one day, I saw “overnight oats” trending. Curious, I checked it out. And I am now a big fan.
Of course, the jury is out there on whether oats are actually healthy–one health professional went so far as to say that they cause breast cancer–but a majority of people endorse that it works to keep cholesterol in check. Then again, there are different types of oats, but we won’t go into all that now.
Overnight oats is oats soaked overnight and eaten the next day, or perhaps the day after that.
It is easy to make, and if you are a meal planner like me, it is a great way to keep breakfast organized, particularly if you have a busy schedule and want to make sure you are eating healthy. Besides breakfast, it also makes a nice midday snack. Although, maybe not on the same day. But hey, if you’re really strapped for time…
How to make Overnight oats
My version of overnight oats needs
Oats – 2 tablespoons. I use quick cooking oats–there are several brands.
Thick Yogurt – 2 tablespoons
Milk – 2 tablespoons
Chopped Nuts – One tablespoon. Options are almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, melon seeds
Fruit for topping – Options are chopped apple or apple sauce, banana, strawberries, pears, avocado, Kiwi
Getting it all together: How to make overnight oats
It is all about the layering initially.
Take a mason jar–I diligently wash any glass jar. You can also use a bowl, but a see-through glass jar looks prettier
Add chopped nuts
Add the yogurt
Add the chopped/sliced fruit
Add milk on top
Then mix it all up, cover, and put it in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, grab your breakfast jar from the fridge and enjoy. Top with more fruits if you like. I like!
- Fruit: Berries are a great option, I don’t get them as they’re very expensive. I prefer to use fruits locally available and in season.
- Some recommend chia seeds. If you can afford it, great. I skip it.
- You can skip the yogurt, but it is healthy to add it.
- You can skip the milk if you don’t want to mix it with yogurt, but it actually tastes good.
- Some days I soak the oats in only milk, and that works too.
- You can add whipped cream, but at your own risk.
- You can add choco chips to make it more fun. Cocoa powder is nice.
- A pinch of cinnamon also works, especially when you add applesauce, since they’re best friends.
- You can sweeten this with honey/maple syrup/dates/raisins. I don’t, because, even though my tongue may welcome these occasionally, they make my blood sugar dance, and that’s not good news.
Do you like oats? Have you tried overnight oats?