Overnight oats? Nope! Never heard of these before, as the only way oatmeal has ever been made in our home is the traditional way. However, when I saw these overnight oats pop up on everyone’s news feed, I just had to try them. Who knew they were so easy to make!?!
A little experimentation is in order to find just the right balance for your palate, as there are a many different ways of making overnight oats. Some people prefer to make these with just water. Others have dietary restrictions and use Almond Milk or Rice Milk. Gluten-free/lactose-free is yet another popular way to go. And last, milk, regular, 2%, skim etc.
Having tried them several different ways, I found what worked for me was just plain ol’ milk. As healthy as this all was, I figured a little regular fat milk wouldn’t tip the scales much.
Below is the recipe for the Blueberry Almond Oats pictured above. FYI – this is not the only recipe out there, but it is the simplest one for first timers. Also, keep in mind that many people have a bit of a texture issue with chia seeds if they’re not familiar with them. But it’s such a small amount of seeds that I would recommend trying it once this way and finding out for yourself if you can bare them. If not, leave them out of your next batch of overnight oats. It’s all about finding out what works for you. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland, painful, or horrible. It can be fun and tasty too!
Try them, experiment until your little heart is content, and let me know what you think! Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups milk or whatever is your preference
Directions for overnight oats:
Combine all the ingredients in the order listed above. Next, tighten the lid and shake well until combined. Then chill overnight in the fridge. Overnight oats will keep up to 2 days, if made with regular milk.
Add any additional desired toppings in the morning, such as brown sugar or maple syrup for a bit of sweetness. Then stir the oats, warm them up or enjoy them cold!