Overnight oats and I have had an interesting relationship. When I first saw it on Pinterest (where all good ideas come from), I thought it was silly. It doesn’t take that long to make oatmeal, why do we need to make it ahead of time?
And then I made this batch and everything changed. Imagine walking downstairs half asleep in the morning and just grabbing a jar from the fridge, fumbling for a spoon, and knowing that is the only work you have to put into breakfast. Yes you have to prep it the night before, but the prep itself is minimal. Just throw your ingredients together in a jar, shake it all up and chuck it in the fridge for a bit. It really can’t be any simpler than that. I love anything I can eat from a Mason jar with a spoon. And cold oatmeal totally works! If cold oatmeal isn’t your thing, try heating this up a bit in the microwave. Please just remove the metal lid first.
Overnight oats shouldn’t just be limited to breakfast though. Try making a batch to have a lunch, or packing a jar for a quick dinner on the go! I’ve done two variation on the blog, but almost any combination of fruit, nuts and seeds, nut butters, dried fruit, or anything else will work. Or try a savory jar and top it with an egg for a different twist!
This recipe makes 1 serving.
- 1/2 cup large flake oats
- 2/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut
- 5 dried apricots, chopped
- Combine everything in a clean 500 mL mason jar. Shake to combine and refrigerate overnight. Reheat if you want, or eat cold.