Creamy, dreamy, satisfying and super convenient. We’re talking about overnight oats, of course. This breakfast item—made by mixing equal parts rolled oats and almondmilk and letting them soak overnight—has become a fan favorite. As well it should be. Easily prepped in jars or plastic containers at night, you wake up to breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
Even better, overnight oats are nutritious. The oats are high in protein and fiber, and do their part to keep you full for hours. Almond Breeze Almondmilk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamins D and E. And, though not essential, you can also add yogurt and chia or flax seeds to your recipe base, which not only act as binders to help thicken the final consistency, but add even more nutrients.
Then comes the fun: mixing and layering in different ingredients to make your overnight oats especially tasty. Here are seven ideas to get you inspired.
Crunchy Nuts and Seeds
While the creamy texture of overnight oats is part of their appeal, sometimes you want a contrasting crunch. Don’t add these at night as they’ll just get soggy. But come morning, toss on a handful of pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, granola, or any other crunchy ingredient that gives an added boost of texture and flavor.
Of course you can top your overnight oats with a handful of blueberries and be satisfied. You can also let your imagination loose and bring in more robust flavors Think: piña colada (diced pineapple and coconut), raspberry cheesecake (a couple tablespoons of cream cheese along with the berries) and banana split (strawberry, pineapple and banana).
Some mornings you might want to amp up the indulgence. Try swapping in Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk, which adds decadence without extra sugar. Pair it with peppermint extract or a dollop of peanut butter for extra dimension. And if you want to toss a few chocolate chips on top, we’re not telling.
Want to change the whole flavor profile? Your spice cupboard is a trove of delicious inspiration. Cinnamon, cardamom, chai, and nutmeg all taste yummy with overnight oats. For a bit more of a kick, try ginger or rosemary.
One of the great things about overnight oats is how hearty and healthy they are. But you can make them even more so. Add some protein powder for a powerful boost that will also keep you feeling full longer. For extra energy, add maca powder or even a shot of espresso.
An easy way to not get bored with your oats is to look to your local market to see what’s available. That could mean adding anything from fresh figs and apricots in late spring to apples in the fall. Holidays offer great inspiration, too. For Valentine’s, add rose extract; for Thanksgiving, spoon in some pumpkin puree and spice. And come Christmastime? A splash of eggnog is extra tasty.
Your Personal Combination
These are all just starting points. The combinations for overnight oats are really quite endless and there’s plenty of room to play. Coconut and chocolate might be your perfect pairing. Peanut butter with berries could evoke PB&J nostalgia. Think balance and texture, and then put your chef’s hat on and see what you cook up.
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