Overnight Oats was such a great discovery for our family. Summer days at home start with a refreshing cup of overnight oats topped with seeds, nuts and fresh fruit to get a delicious energy boost. As much as we love our Sunday breakfasts such as our Dairy-free Pear Pancakes or our Matcha Pancakes, the rest of the days we need something healthier but still yummy.
The best part? We can have different toppings every day to keep it interesting! When I wake up knowing that there is a cup of refreshing oats waiting for me in the fridge, my mood instantly changes. I hate waking up not knowing what we are all gonna have for breakfast. Astra doesn't mind having his breakfast 2 hours after waking up, but for me it's different. Having overnight oats it's just so simple. We just have to think of the toppings that will go inside our oatmeal.
We prepare our oats in small mason jars. This way we have the perfect portion-size and we can all add our favourite toppings.
Why should you start your day with Overnight Oats
I can think of many reasons why we love and keep preparing this breakfast really often.
- It's a Healthy Breakfast. Oats are high in fibre and antioxidants among others. They are a slow sugar release food, which makes them perfect for people with diabetes or high blood sugar levels. I had gestational diabetes and oats was the only thing I could eat in the mornings to control my sugar levels.
- Simple to prepare. Leave the oats soaking in milk overnight. You can add the night before nut butter and chia seeds as well. Next morning, finish your overnight oats adding fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey or maple syrup, seeds, nuts or your favourite toppings.
- Refreshing Breakfast for summer. The best way to have your overnight oats is cold. They are left in the fridge during the night and the oats soak most of the milk. The consistency you will have in the morning is more like a pudding. There is no need to heat them or cook them, they will be ready to eat! Our toddler Luca kept refusing his morning porridge when the weather changed and the first time we prepared the oats this way he finished everything!
- Perfect for meal preps. Prepare them on Sunday night and they will last the whole week. They can be kept in the fridge for 5-6 days which makes them a perfect breakfast to prepare in advanced.
What do you need to make Overnight Oats
- Oats, of course. Rolled oats are the best option when preparing overnight oats. Quick oats may get too mushy and it won't be as enjoyable. We use organic rolled oats at home and they are perfect for any kind of oatmeal.
- Milk. We use unsweetened organic soy milk, but the overnight oats can be prepared with any milk of your choice.
- Nut butter. Homemade almond butter or peanut butter are out top choices. You can make nut butter at home using a food processor or just buy good quality ones. They are packed full of protein and unsaturated fatty oils which are especially good for our health.
- Fresh fruit of your choice. We normally prepare overnight oats during summer when the fruit is juicy, sweet and just delicious. Strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pear, apple, apricots, peach, mango or blueberries are some of our top choices.
- Nuts and seeds. Finish topping your overnight oats with shredded or whole nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts or pecan nuts and seeds. Chia seeds are always a must when preparing overnight oats.
- Sweetener. Cinnamon and maple syrup are our favourite ingredients when it comes to sweetening our overnight oats. You can use honey, agave or sweetened yoghurt as well.
Here are some ideas if you want to give your oats some lovely flavours. Once you get started, you will love it! We decided to share Astra's, Luca's and my favourite recipe. Let us know which one you like better!
Luca's recipe, perfect for toddlers and kids.
- Oats and soy milk
- Homemade almond butter
- Shredded coconut
Astra's recipe, ideal if you love sweet mornings
- Oats and soy milk
- Peanut butter
- Shredded walnut
Laura's recipe, the best choice if a cup of coffee is not enough to wake you up
- Oats and soy milk
- Organic matcha powder
- Chia seeds
- Maple Syrup
- 1 cup oats rolled
- 1 tablespoon nut butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 cup milk
Toppings (add in the morning)
- Fresh fruit
- Nuts and seeds
- Maple syrup or a sweetner of your choice.
- Mix in a bowl the oats, nut butter, cinnamon, chia seeds and add the milk. With a spoon, mix all the ingredients well.
- Cover the bowl or separate the oats in individual jars and leave it in the fridge overnight or at least two hours before you want to eat it.
- Add toppings of your choice and enjoy.