Love an easy breakfast? These basic overnight oats are the perfect on-the-go, meal-prep-friendly morning meal.
Overnight oats are cold, uncooked oats that sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, they are soft, creamy and refreshing.
Why you will love overnight oats
This cold version of your traditional oatmeal involves no cooking. The fridge and time do the heavy lifting for you.
Oats are an excellent breakfast, full of fiber, filling and delicious.
You can add ingredients that you love and make these overnight oats a breakfast you look forward to.
Overnight Oats Ratio
When making this cold oatmeal breakfast, the milk to oats ratio will vary depending on what kind of oats you use.
For these recipe I used old fashioned oats and almond milk in a ratio of ⅓ cup of oats and ½ cup of almond milk.
The ratio is not really that difficult to figure out. The most important thing is that the milk or liquid you use, covers the oats completely.
The next day when you are ready to eat your overnight oats, you can add a little more milk if they are too thick.
Basic ingredients for overnight oats
The basic ingredients for overnight oats are oats, milk and chia seeds.
- Oats: I like using old fashioned oats (rolled) because they are like the middle ground between quick cooking oats and steel cut oats.
- Milk: You can use any milk or liquid (water) you want. If you want to add protein to these oats, you can add protein powder.
- Chia seeds: They help with the texture of the oats, making them have a pudding-like texture.
- Toppings: You can add any fresh or dried fruit you'd like, nut butters and more seeds as toppings.
This recipe couldn't be more simple. All you have to do is mix the ingredients in a container that you can put in the fridge, ideally covered with a lid.
Once you mix the oats, chia seeds and milk, stir well and place in the fridge overnight.
When ready to serve, give it a good stir, add more liquid if your prefer a more fluid texture, and top with your favorite toppings.
If the mix is too runny, you can thicken it up with some greek yogurt or any kind of thicker yogurt.
These overnight oats are great for meal prep. They keep well in the fridge for up to five days.
Keep in mind the longer the oats sit in the fridge, the more liquid they will absorb.
You might need to add more liquid when serving the oats the longer they sit in the fridge.
I do not recommend adding the toppings to the overnight oats until you are ready to eat them.
Here are some more ideas to make overnight oats with different toppings including carrot overnight oats and cinnamon apple overnight oats.
Basic Overnight Oats
- ⅓ cup Rolled oats
- ½ cup Almond milk
- ½ teaspoon Chia seeds
- ¼ cup Sliced banana
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- Maple syrup optional
- In a glass jar mix together the oats, almond milk and chia seeds.
- Stir well and cover. Place in the fridge overnight, ideally for 8 hours.
- When ready to eat, stir again. Add more milk if you want a more runny texture or yogurt if you want a thicker texture.
- Add the bananas and maple syrup to taste.