There is usually one reason why people fail to eat breakfast at home - there's just not much time in the morning. And so, most of us go to work on an empty stomach and catch a cup of joe with a calorific pastry before starting a hectic day.
For those who can totally relate, we have a solution for you - overnight oats!
Oats are high in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. This National Oatmeal Month, give overnight oats a try and treat yourself to a healthy version of the most important meal of the day.
Overnight Oats Variations (Chocolate Covered Katie)
This is a great recipe for anyone who is new to making overnight oats. And the best thing is, Chocolate Covered Katie offers a few variations to fit everyone's taste - banana, pineapple, raspberries and apple & cinnamon.
"With these overnight oats, all of the prep work is done the night before, meaning a filling and healthy breakfast can be on the table whenever you’re ready!"
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds, optional
- 1/2 cup yogurt, such as Coconut Dream nondairy
- 1/2 cup fruit of choice, plus more for the top if desired
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- sweetener of choice, as desired
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1-2 tbsp crushed walnuts with the dry ingredients. Use sliced banana as your fruit of choice.
- Piña Colada Overnight Oats: Use coconut yogurt and coconut milk. Add a few drops pure vanilla extract, and use diced pineapple as your fruit of choice.
- Raspberries’n Cream Overnight Oats: Use raspberry yogurt, and replace the milk of choice with either canned coconut milk or nondairy creamer. Use raspberries as your fruit of choice, and stir in some raspberry jam at the end if desired. The same idea can be applied to strawberry, cherry, or blueberry overnight oats.
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice. Use diced apple as your fruit of choice, and add 1-2 tbsp raisins if desired.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Overnight Oats (The Breakfast Drama Queen)
This is a great overnight oats recipe for anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter. It may look sinful at first, but it's actually made with pumpkin puree, banana, oatmeal and dark chocolate. You can also make this treat for dessert if you're looking for a healthier version of store-brought chocolate pudding!
"These vegan and gluten-free overnight oats taste decadent, but they’re healthier than you may expect."
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 - 4 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
- Chopped nuts, chocolate chips and/or peanut butter, to serve
Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats (Oh My Veggies)
If you're looking for overnight oats with a mix of chocolate and something fruity, this is a great recipe for you! The fruity sweetness of pomegranate and the slight bitterness of cocoa nibs blend perfectly together. Flax seeds give this treat some extra crunch and a healthy dose of antioxidants.
"Use your favorite kind of milk! Add chia seeds or chopped nuts instead of flax meal! Put in protein powder if you insist! Whatever. It’s all good and it’s pretty much impossible to mess up."
- 1/2 c. old-fashioned or rolled oats
- 1/2 c. vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 c. pomegranate seeds
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp. cocoa nibs or coarsely chopped dark chocolate