Simple Overnight Oats


Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they’re ready just when you need them in the morning.

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Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they're ready just when you need them in the morning.

Way back in January, when I shared my Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie recipe, I said that I was on a mission to improve my selection of healthy breakfasts. My mission then stalled for a while. This was for two reasons…

  1. That banana smoothie is really yummy – I couldn’t resist making it.
  2. I got a bit carried away making pancakes so didn’t have much time for healthy breakfasts.

Overnight oats seem to be everywhere at the moment. So a few weeks ago I gave them a try and thought I’d share my super simple version.

The great thing about overnight oats is that you do all the work (what little there is) the night before, so if you need breakfast in a hurry in the morning you just take it out of the fridge, grab a spoon and dig in.

Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they're ready just when you need them in the morning.

So what are overnight oats

In case you’ve not come across them before I thought I’d give you a brief overview. Overnight oats are porridge oats that have been soaked overnight in the fridge. They absorb quite a lot of the liquid so have the consistency of a really smooth porridge.

This breakfast is relatively high in fibre and protein which will help keep you filled up.

I tend to make my overnight oats using milk (although I’m experimenting at the moment). However, I’ve seen lots of variations using alternative non-dairy milks (e.g. almond milk) or yoghurt.

You can then add extra toppings. If I’m in a rush I add a teaspoon of honey to give some extra sweetness, and if I’ve got a bit more time I’ll add fruit, nuts, seeds or maybe a few chocolate drops :-).

Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they're ready just when you need them in the morning.

Serve warm or cold

Personally I like to eat it straight out of the fridge. However, if you prefer it warm (on a chilly morning) then simply cover it and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Then give it a quick stir before eating.

So here’s the recipe… (OK recipe may be a slightly generous term as it’s so easy, but I thought I’d put it in a nice recipe box anyway).

Simple Overnight Oats

Active Time: 1 minute

SERVES 1

Simple Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 50g oats
  • 120ml skimmed milk (you can use any milk but I prefer skimmed)

Method

  1. Place the oats (approx. 50g) in a bowl.
  2. Add the milk (approx. 120ml). The milk should be just covering the oats.
  3. Cover.
  4. Leave in the fridge overnight.
  5. Remove from the fridge and add your favourite toppings before serving.

Notes

Can be made to serve as many people as you like. Simply increase the amount of oats and milk and divide it up in the morning.

Measurements are approximate. Just add to the bowl the amount of oats you want to eat and then top with milk. You want the milk to just cover the oats.

http://charlotteslivelykitchen.com/simple-overnight-oats/


 Some more overnight oats inspiration…

If you enjoy overnight oats then take a look at my COCONUT & CHOCOLATE or STRAWBERRY, MAPLE & PISTACHIO versions.

Coconut Chocolate Overnight Oats 3  Strawberry maple and pistachio overnight oats 6


Overnight oats nutritional information per serving

This is the nutritional information for just the oats and milk with no additional toppings.

overnight oats nutrition

This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.


 

7 Comments:

  1. Does this work on steel cut oats ??

  2. This is exactly what I was looking for – An overnight oats recipe with no complications. I’ve never tried them before so I didn’t want to go through all the motions of 22 ingredients just to try them for the first time (and to see if this would work with steel cut oats).

    Oats + Milk + Fridge = SOLD 🙂

    • Charlotte Oates

      I always prefer to start simple and then add extra flavours later. This also tastes really good as a simple version with coconut milk.

      I’ve tried it with both rolled and steel cut oats and it works just as well with both.

  3. So you don’t cook it?

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