If you haven’t at least heard of overnight oats, you need to wake up! Oatmeal made while you sleep has become the breakfast sensation to rival fancy toast. As popular, healthy, and easy as overnight oats are, if you haven’t tried them, we highly recommend it. Overnight oats are a well-balanced breakfast that will save you time in the mornings and ensure you start your day nourished and feeling great.
To get started, you need oats, milk or yogurt, your favorite fruit or nut toppings, and a bowl or jar. Once you combine all of these ingredients, all you have to do is stick your oats in the fridge before bed, and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning when you wake up. We tested different types of ingredients to create this definitive guide to making the best overnight oats.
Start with Old-Fashioned rolled oats.
After testing every kind of oats, we found that Old-Fashioned rolled oats work best for getting the just-right consistency. Quick oats are more processed and become mushy, while steel cut oats turn out too firm. One serving of rolled oats, typically ½ cup, lends around 150 calories and is a good source of fiber and protein.
Add creaminess with nut milk or yogurt.
Cooking oats with water works fine when they’re hot, but for cold brewing your oats you want to add creaminess with milk or yogurt as a base. Nut milks, like almond, cashew, or coconut, give the oats a nutty or sometimes sweet taste. These are great options for people avoiding dairy while still giving some of the same nutritional benefits as milk. Greek yogurt works well as a base too (we love Siggi’s!). You will notice it makes the oats thicker and it can help you add protein to your oats. The probiotics in yogurt can also aid in digestion and support gut health.
Add sweetness and texture with seeds, nuts and fruit.
The possibilities are endless with adding flavor to overnight oats. Seeds, nuts, and fruit like bananas, raisins, and berries, are great because they offer a variety of nutrients without being calorie-heavy. Consider adding Chia seeds and Flax seeds too. They’re loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy fats and it only takes two tablespoons to reap these benefits. Nuts (and nut butters) are good choices too and can add a little crunch to your oats. You can recreate many of your favorite foods and flavors in oat form. Try making Banana Split Overnight Oats, PB&J Overnight Oats or even Carrot Cake Overnight Oats.
Use glass containers.
We recommend using glass containers for your overnight oats for a few reasons. Glass is easier to clean and will last longer so you will be creating less waste. You can also be sure that no chemicals are seeping into your breakfast overnight. We love using mason jars for our overnight oats. They’re portable, reusable, and pretty durable. Cold and hot foods can be stored equally, unlike plastic where the container could melt and release unhealthy chemicals into your food.
Overnight oats are one of the best healthy breakfast foods; a quick and easy way to start your day, even when you’re short on time. Terra’s Kitchen can help add efficiency to your dinner routine as well. Our meal kits come pre-prepped with simple instructions so you can make a healthy dinner in as little as 20 minutes with little clean up. Click below to learn more about meal delivery with Terra’s Kitchen.