Hence the need for Simple Overnight Oats!
Here are some of the questions I get asked when I suggest people eat overnight oats for breakfast –
Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
Can you make overnight oats with milk? Can you make overnight oats without milk?
I prefer to make them with plant-based milk, so coconut, almond, rice, soy milk, etc. You can make them with juice or water, too. I suggest you try a few different options and see which one you prefer.
How long can you keep overnight oats in the fridge?
Anywhere from 2-4 days depending on what you add to the oats. Keep it simple and they will last longer.
What kind of oats are used for overnight oats?
I use rolled oats or old fashioned oats. Instant oats will end up super mushy since they have already been processed. You can also use steel cut oats, but they will have a chewier texture.
Is overnight oatmeal good for you? Will overnight oats help you lose weight?
Since oats are low in calories, low in fat and high in fiber they definitely help you stay satisfied and satiated, especially when paired with protein like peanut butter (try adding some to your Simple Overnight Oats -yum!), or slivered almonds.
Oats are known to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer. They also help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
When I was in the process of losing 125 lbs (read my story) I started having oatmeal everyday. I can eat the same thing for breakfast day in and day out, it’s the only meal, though. It definitely kept my energy up and cravings down.
Want to know more about the health benefits of oats? Check out this article from Healthline.
How do you make overnight oatmeal?
Easy breezy! Here you go –
Simple Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk or any plant based milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp sweetener of choice I used maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Add all of the ingredients to a mason jar or small bowl and stir with a spoon to combine.
Gently press the oats down with a spoon and make sure they are immersed in the milk.
Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days. Keep in mind the longer they set in the refrigerator the softer they will become.
Garnish with fruit, granola, nuts or enjoy plain.