July 8, 2013

Overnight Oats Tutorial

Happy Monday!  Have you had breakfast yet??  My new favorite breakfast is overnight oats.  We (because Scott eats what I'm willing to make him) have been eating these for the last month or so.

When I started looking up overnight oats recipes, I noticed some pretty precise measurements..2/3 cup of this, 1/2 cup of that.  I really don't think that's necessary.  Especially because, if you're on the ball enough to make your breakfast the night before, there's no need to bust out the measuring cups.  Let's face it, I take the Rachael Ray approach (read: don't measure) most of the time.  Since some of you might fall into the same category, this is a quick way to make several days' worth of breakfast at once.

You need:  old-fashioned/rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, honey, yogurt.

Some recipes say "2 T. chia seeds".  That, to me, seems overkill.  I use a generous teaspoon.  I usually don't use a spoon, just my palm, to measure, but this is about what I put in.  It will do the job.

Then, the yogurt.  I use vanilla.  Again, some recipes say to use a whole 6 oz. container.  Eh.  It's more convenient to buy a giant container.  It lasts quite a while in the fridge. 
Plus, I'm not crazy about yogurt.  I have a hard time getting past the sour taste, so I just put in a large dollop.  Again, it totally does the job for you.  Maybe 1/4 a cup? (I swear, I really don't measure it.)

Then I drizzle on some honey.  You don't have to.

I add unsweetened vanilla almond milk until it looks like this.  Then I mix it up...

..and it should look kind of soup-like.

Stack them up and store them in the fridge!

They can stay in the fridge for at least a week, if needed, but they need to "cook" overnight.  
When you pull it out, you have this:

Add more almond milk, maybe more honey (I always do)...and stir it up!

That's it!  


  1. I'm the same way about yogurt. I can't eat it. It tastes weird and leaves a gross taste in my mouth! I may have to try these though. Does it taste yogurty?

  2. Oh this looks soooooo damn good! I am going to do this!

    p.s. I thought the 2T of chia seeds were a bit much too!

  3. There is rarely if ever measuring involved in my cooking. And I hate yogurt. Angel recently bought some for me to take to school and eat for lunch but I'm really trying to avoid eating it...Actually, my plan is eating oatmeal for lunch for the next week. I had no idea it was possible to "cook" it in the fridge. So do you just eat it cold, then?

  4. i was looking up recipes for this the other day. what are chia seeds? i've never bought them. and do you think you can use regular milk?

  5. I am loving cold oats this summer, but I've been measuring for fear that i'll end up with under-soaked oats.
    I love adding Chia seeds to it (and everything) it gives it such a nice little crunch.

  6. Craig eats oatmeal pretty much everyday. Usually plain. Gross. I like the flavored stuff, so I may try this. Seems like a good thing to bring camping.

  7. I told Isaiah the other day if there's one thing I miss about being vegan/not eating dairy, it's Greek yogurt. I love the stuff. Could eat it plain, all day errday. ;)

    I've made overnight oats a bunch in the past, but never could get them to where I really like them. I do like adding berries though - you should try that now that you probably have access to much better produce. Chopped up peaches are good, too.

  8. This is a really awesome idea! I've done overnight crock pot oatmeal before but I will have to try this next.

  9. This sounds amazing! I have a chocolate overnight oat recipe I want to try so I might have to try this one and that one soon!

    1) I hate measuring anything.
    2) I have to use up an ungodly amount of oats and chia seeds before we move.
    3) Do you think this would turn out ok with something like strawberry greek yogurt + no honey + regular milk?
    4) I'm making this tonight.

  11. Overnight oats are my favorite thing. They were so convenient when I was working.

  12. I've been crushing on overnight oats lately. I'm gonna go make some for tomorrow!

  13. I've been having these for breakfast SO often lately. If you ever have an almost finished jar of peanut butter, or cookie butter of anything, these are the perfect way to get the last vestiges of flavor!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  14. Pinned! Thanks for sharing...and not measuring :)

  15. I don't like yogurt either. I want to. I tried to. It just doesn't work. This sounds like a great idea to have made ahead for a busy week!

  16. wonderful tutorial,this overnight-oats looks very delicious i am gonna try out this thanks for sharing



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