If you ask yourself the question, “Is my breakfast actually nutritious?” what would your answer be? I recently started asking myself if the foods I choose are healthy and good for my body, and it was a little startling how often my answer was a big fat no!? I’m not a health food nut, and I certainly don’t count my calories, but I realized that so much of the food that I choose is processed, it was almost embarrassing.
This overnight oats recipe is my absolute favourite way to make sure I’m eating a healthy breakfast! It’s packed with chia seeds and almonds and fruit and it’s so easy to grab a jar in the morning and to know that I’m actually eating something nutritious. I usually choose to make mine with frozen fruit. You can definitely use fresh fruit, but somehow, I find it easier with frozen fruit – plus it’s often sweeter than fresh fruit and it seems to last longer in the mason jars.
These overnight oats taste amazing and I actually stay full all morning long. There’s no cooking involved – you eat them cold, like cereal. They last in the fridge for up to 5 days so you can make them in advance, and have a healthy and super easy breakfast for a full work week. Just grab a jar and go!
This is one of those recipes that I’ve been making on and off for about 3 years. I’ll eat it for weeks at a time, switch to something else for awhile, and when I come back to it I always panic, and think “where on earth did I find that recipe!?” And it makes me so sad that I might lose it because it’s seriously one of my favourites!
So I’m sharing it with you today because I really love it! And NOW, when I need to find it again, I can search my site, and I’ll have it. It’s based on a recipe I found on Pop Sugar – Feel free to head over there to see the nutritional value.
Overnight Oats Recipe
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Quick cooking oats
- Slivered almonds
- Coconut milk (or dairy, or almond, or whatever you like!)
- Chia seeds
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Frozen fruit
You can make yourself 4 or 5 jars of overnight oats in about 15 minutes. Things start to taste a little mushy after 5 days, so I don’t particularly recommend storing these for much longer than that, but you can test it for yourself and see how it goes.
You can make this recipe in either a 1 cup mason jar or a 2 cup mason jar. It fits in both.
I usually pour mine into a bowl when I eat it, so if you want to eat yours right out of the jar, I’d go with a 2 cup mason jar.
You might want to increase the amount of milk used in the oatmeal, depending on how you like it. It ends up being a little firm if you follow the recipe exactly. I enjoy the firm texture, but if you want yours a little softer, I’d recommend adding a big splash of extra milk.
Add all the ingredients to the jar and stir them together.
I use unsweetened coconut milk (I think it’s Coconut Dream?). It comes in a box/carton – don’t use the coconut milk that comes in a can unless you really water it down.
If you’re adding fresh fruit, you probably don’t want to store it in the fridge for more than 1 or 2 days. If you’re adding frozen fruit (which is what I normally do), feel free to add it in when you pre-make your breakfast jars. I usually make mine with frozen wild blueberries, and the jars of overnight oats will keep for about 4 or 5 days.
It tastes amazing with blueberries, raspberries, banana, apples, peaches, pretty much any of your favourite fruits will work.
I looked it up, and one serving of blueberries is 1/2 cup, so that’s how much fruit I try to add to mine.
Stack the frozen fruit on top, and when you’re ready to eat it, pour it into a bowl and stir it all up. (Or stir it all up in the mason jar and eat it right from the jar).
It’s DELICIOUS! It’s a bit more firm than regular oatmeal, and obviously more firm than cereal. But it tastes great, it’s super filling and the almonds give it a wonderful crunch!
Just to be clear, you don’t need to cook these oats. They absorb the liquid and soften overnight. You’re supposed to eat overnight oats cold, just like you eat cereal cold. It’s not a hot meal, although I guess you could microwave it if you like??
- ½ cup quick cooking oats
- ½ cup coconut milk (or dairy, almond, etc) (add more milk if you prefer a softer texture)
- 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup frozen blueberries (or other fruit)
- Add all of the ingredients (except the fruit) to a 2 cup mason jar and mix together well.
- Add ½ cup of frozen berries on top.
- Cover with the lid and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. The jars can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Stir the fruit into the oats before serving and enjoy!
If you're planning to eat your overnight oats with fresh fruit instead of frozen, add the fresh fruit in the morning, rather than storing it in the mason jar. Fresh fruit will last in the jars for 1 to 2 days.
This overnight oats recipe is SO GOOD! It’s packed with protein (chia seeds and almonds) so it keeps you full all morning. Make it in a mason jar with fresh or frozen fruit and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s a delicious, healthy and nutritious breakfast idea and a great way to save time in the morning!
If you’re looking for more make ahead breakfast ideas, check out our protein packed breakfast bites. They taste amazing and make an awesome breakfast or snack to go!