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Creamy Overnight Oats, an easy no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fiber and vegan-adaptable.  Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt.  Try our Super Food Crunch Mix (recipe included)!

Creamy Overnight Oats, an easy no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fiber and completely vegan adaptable.  Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt. Just 10 minutes of hands-on time, before going into the fridge overnight. 

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, through Love all that is copper will be gold, through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine. ~Rumi

Honestly, I was not sold on Overnight Oats until I found a method and combination of ingredients that makes them truly creamy, perfectly chewy and most importantly for me, not gloppy or goopy.

After some trial and error and tweaking, I am quite happy and delighted when I open the fridge in the morning and find these lovely little jars waiting for me.  It is really nourishing to do these things for ourselves.  Self-care is so important and every little thing counts.  Starting the day with a little breakfast gift for yourself is happiness in a jar!

Coconut milk makes these rich, naturally sweet, and ultra-creamy.  You can also use yogurt, or other milk of choice such as almond milk or hemp milk if you prefer.  Chia seeds really contribute to the texture, you hardly notice them, they seem to absorb some of the starchiness of the oats and give a smoother mouthfeel.  Plus they are full of fiber, omega-3’s and protein!

Don’t add that cinnamon until the morning!  It is one of the culprits in producing a gluey texture.

Creamy Overnight Oats, an easy no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fiber and completely adaptable.  Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt.

What is so special about overnight oats?

Oats are packed with nutrients and full of fiber becoming more digestible when soaked overnight.   The soaking increases mineral absorption and does not interfere with digestive enzymes.

Overnight Oats are a great source of resistant starch feeding the good bacteria in your gut, boosting metabolism and speeding up calorie burning!

Having breakfast waiting for you when you wake up is a beautiful form of self-care!  Treat yourself, you deserve it!

Expert Tips

Some spices, especially cinnamon, can have a mucilaginous-like quality when soaked.  This greatly affects the texture of the overnight oats making the oats pasty and goopy.☹️

Add your spices just before eating, unless you don’t mind this texture.

ingredients in healthy overnight oats

Ingredients in Overnight Oats

What type of Oats are best to use for Creamy Overnight Oats?

  • Regular rolled oats give the best results.  The oats still have some texture but are soft enough to chew.
  • Instant oats completely break down turning soft and mushy.  But if you like that texture then go for it!  Make it your way.
  • Steel Cut Oats can be used although they need more time and liquid to soften.

mixing oats in bowl

How to make Creamy Overnight Oats

Step one

Start with rolled oats-organic, gluten-free, old-fashioned oats all work fine.

Add chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt.

You can also make this in individual containers for an individual grab-and-go breakfast.  1/2 pint mason jars are great for this!

adding in milk, yogurt, coconut milk, or almond milk

Step two

Coconut milk makes these rich and gives a less gluey yet ultra-creamy texture and adds natural sweetness.  You can also use yogurt or other milk of choice such as almond milk or hemp milk.  Add maple syrup and vanilla.

Raisins, currants, dates, orange or lemon zest, chocolate chips, nut butter are all good to add in now to flavor your oats.

Mix up thoroughly.

filling jars for ready made breakfast

Step three

Refrigerate overnight.

Serve with your favorite toppings, adding more milk or yogurt if needed.

How long do overnight oats last?

They remain fresh for four days refrigerated in a sealed container.

Can you eat overnight oats hot?

Yes!  Just lightly heat when ready to serve.

Are Oats Gluten-Free?

My understanding is that oats are naturally gluten-free the issue is more cross-contamination.  Oats that are labeled gluten-free have been grown in fields that have not grown gluten grains, processed with equipment that is gluten-free, including gluten-free trucks.  If you have a sensitivity it is best to avoid bulk bins as cross-contamination is hard to avoid.

Variations on Creamy Overnight Oats

Get creative with toppings!

  • fresh fruit: berries, bananas, pears, peaches, apples
  • dried fruit: raisins, dates, dried cherries, currants, goji berries
  • nut and seed butter: peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter
  • toasted nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews
  • seeds: sunflower, pumpkin seed, sesame seeds, hemp seeds
  • toasted coconut flakes
  • chocolate: cocoa powder, chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, pumpkin pie spices, chai spice

 

This Super Food Crunch Topping (recipe in the notes) is super versatile and adaptable.  It is easy to make and so convenient  to sprinkle over your Creamy Overnight Oats, adding delicious texture and massive nutrients.

toasted sunsets, pecans and coconut

Lightly toast nuts, seeds and coconut.

superfood blend

Feel free to adapt and create your own favorite blend!

superfood blend in a sealed jar

Store in a sealed container.

Creamy Overnight Oats, an easy no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fiber and completely adaptable.  Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt.

Let us know what you think!

~Tonia

 

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Overnight Oats Recipe


  • Author:
    Tonia | Feasting at Home

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes

  • Total Time:
    10 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 cup

  • Category:
    breakfast

  • Method:
    overnight

  • Cuisine:
    American

  • Diet:
    Vegan


Description

Creamy Overnight Oats, a no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fiber and completely adaptable.  This base recipe is easy to make ahead.  Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt. Just 10 minutes of hands-on time, before going into the fridge overnight.


1 serving

4 servings

Additions:

Add overnight: raisins, currants, dates, orange or lemon zest, chocolate chips, nut butter

Add morning of: fresh fruit, spices, toasted nuts and seeds, cocoa nibs, toasted unsweetened coconut, a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Favorite combinations:

  • almond or peanut butter, banana, cocoa nibs, a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • yogurt, blueberry, lemon zest, cardamom, almond
  • dates and superfood crunch mix
  • raisins, apple, cinnamon
  • orange zest, peach, pecan, cinnamon
  • dried cherries and almond butter
  • tahini, cocoa powder, coconut flakes and dates


Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Place in a sealed container.
  3. Store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Top with desired toppings, add yogurt and more milk if needed.


Notes

Full-fat coconut milk will make a thicker texture.  You may want to add less if using a different milk.

Super Food Crunch Mix

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