Overnight oats are extremely simple to prepare and mean you have an easy, healthy breakfast ready for you the next morning. They even last up to five days in the fridge. (We prefer the texture on days 1-3, but the oats are still tasty on day 4 and 5). The recipe below makes one serving, but you can make as many servings as you like.
A 1-pint mason jar is perfect for one serving or use a small bowl that you can cover well when stored in the fridge. When making a large batch, you can prepare multiple jars or simply make a big batch in a larger mixing bowl/container. Just make sure that you cover them well when stored in the fridge.
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash fine sea salt, optional
1/2 cup dairy or non-dairy milk (we use unsweetened non-dairy milk)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons nut butter or sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit
1 to 3 tablespoons chopped nuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds or shredded coconut
Drizzle of honey or maple syrup
In a jar or small bowl, stir the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt together. Add the milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days.
When you are ready to serve, add your desired toppings and if the oats seem too thick, an extra splash of milk.
**To add nut or seed butter in the beginning, combine the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt together. Add the nut or seed butter as well as a splash of milk. Stir until mostly combined, and then stir in the remaining milk and vanilla.