Five overnight oats recipes to get excited about

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Brynna Gabrielson

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If you're on the go and looking for a nutritious and filling breakfast, then you can't really go wrong with a jar of overnight oats. They're simple to prepare in advance, and can be customised with a multitude of ingredients to create a number of tasty variations. Previously we shared five great recipes for you to try, and now we've got five more - this time with a pudding theme!

To get started, make sure you have a jar with an air tight lid. Old glass jam jars, for example, are perfect. You'll also want some oats on hand. You'll find Steelcut Oats are a bit too tough for overnight oats, and Instant Oats will become mush overnight. Your best bet is to use regular rolled oats.

*In each recipe below we advise adding 1-2 tsp of sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar).  You may want to add less or more, depending on how sweet you prefer your oats. We also advise using 250ml of liquid, you may want to increase or decrease this as you learn how thick you like your oats.

Pina colada

Refreshing and tasty, we love this recipe. Place 50g of rolled oats in your jar and top with 250ml coconut milk (not the kind from the can, but the milk substitute commonly found in the refrigerated section). Add a pinch of salt and 1-2 tsp of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or agave for example), and 1/2 tbsp of melted coconut oil. Stir well. Next add 1/4 cup of pineapple - you can use fresh, frozen or tinned. Crushed pineapple works as well, though may make your oats a little soupier! If you used tinned pineapple add a few tablespoons of the juice for extra flavour. Fold in until the pineapple is spread throughout your oats. Lastly top with 1 tbsp of desiccated or flaked coconut. Refrigerate overnight.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Ooey and gooey, this overnight oats recipe will definitely make you want to lick the spoon. Combine 50g of rolled oats and 2tbsp of chia seeds with 250ml of milk (or milk substitute such as coconut or almond milk) in your jar. Add a pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp of Vanilla extract, 2 tsp of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Stir until well combined. You can choose to add the chocolate chips (about 1 tbsp) on top here, though they may get a bit damp, or wait until the morning.

Apple pie

What's better than a slice of warm apple pie? Perhaps a cold jar of Apple Pie overnight oats! This one involves a little more work, but it's worth it we swear!

First chop a large apple (peeled or unpeeled, it's up to you) into small 1cm square pieces. Warm a frying pan on the hob and add 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. Toss in your apples and coat with a dash of cinnamon and either 2 tsp of brown sugar or 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Stir in the pan until warm and soft, and then remove from the heat to cool.

Next combine 50g of oats with 250ml of milk or milk substitute (sweetened Almond milk is nice here) and add 1/4 tsp of vanilla and a pinch each of salt, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves.  Add some sweetener (honey, maple syrup or brown sugar work well) and then stir until well combined. Next add half the cooked apple and loosely stir until it's distributed throughout the oats. Top with the remaining apple and refrigerate overnight.

Carrot Cake

We love this spiced cake flavoured jar of oats, and we're sure you will too. Once again, get your 50g of oats and combine with 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 250ml of liquid (milk or milk substitute). Next add a pinch of salt, 1 -2 tbsp of raisins, 1 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/4 tsp of vanilla, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and a pinch each of ginger and all spice. Combine well and then fold in 1/4 cup of finely grated carrot.  Refrigerate overnight and for a bit of extra tastiness top with a dollop of cream cheese in the morning.

Peanut Butter cup

If you're a fan of the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, then this one is for you. Combine 50g of oats with 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 250ml of your preferred liquid. Next add a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 -2 tsp of sweetener and 2 tbsp of peanut butter. Stir well then top with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips, or cacao nibs.

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