3 Overnight Oats Recipes to Ease Your Morning Routine

Posted by Emily Weeks, RDN, LD

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tags: Heart Health, Diet

Are your mornings rushed? Getting your kids out of bed, dressed and well-fed can feel like an impossible feat – especially when you have little or no time to prepare a wholesome breakfast. Overnight oats are the perfect solution for a quick, healthy breakfast (that you can take on the go!). Never heard of them? They’re simply rolled oats soaked overnight in milk and/or yogurt until softened. Toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds or a dash of something sweet (such as honey or brown sugar) add variety and extra flavor to this delicious dish.

Overnight oats are well-loved because they are not only soft, chewy and extremely easy to make, but they’re also good for you! Oatmeal is a heart-healthy whole grain containing fiber that can help improve blood sugar control, while the milk and yogurt serve as excellent sources of protein. When the protein of the dairy is combined with the fiber power of the rolled oats, you’ll be sure to stay full until your next meal!

Here are three overnight oat recipes that both kids and adults can enjoy!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup diced apples
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • toppings: sliced apples, cinnamon and brown sugar

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients and stir. Seal the jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Add toppings just before serving.

apple overnight oaks

Maple Nut Peach Overnight Oats 

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup diced peaches
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • toppings: sliced peaches, chopped pecans and maple syrup

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients and stir. Seal the jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Add toppings just before serving.

maple nut peach overnight oats

Peanut Butter S’more Overnight Oats  

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • toppings: mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients and stir. Seal the jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Add toppings just before serving.

peanut butter smore overnight oats

Emily Weeks, RDN, LD

Emily is the author of Zen and Spice, a blog dedicated to all the goodness that food can be. She loves working with like-minded food brands and organizations on recipe development, nutrition communications and more. When she isn't in her kitchen or blogging, she teaches cooking classes and spends time with her young daughter. Learn more about Emily.

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