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Choosing to eat healthier doesn’t always have to be a difficult or even boring thing to do.
Given the right recipes, I can assure you it’s a piece of cake (Metaphorically). And definitely one you’ll enjoy.
When it comes to healthy breakfasts that also taste incredible delicious, you just can’t leave out overnight oats.
They’re literally one of the easiest things to make ahead of time, are nutrient-packed, and of course very delicious when you make them right.
If you’re not a fan of overnight oats, you’re about to be.
Here, you’ll learn the amazing benefits that come with overnight oats, as well as how to make it, and 15 incredibly good overnight oats recipes to get you started (and of course addicted)
Let’s dive in.
How To Make Overnight Oats
It’s literally one of the easiest things to do. From the name alone, you can already get a pretty good idea about how it all works.
Overnight oats, are basically made by soaking rolled oats overnight, and in a liquid of your choice. Simple as that.
Unlike regular oatmeal which requires cooking for a couple of minutes on the stove top, overnight oats are a perfect “no-cook” solution, especially on those days when you don’t really feel like switching on the stove.
While that’s the basic definition of how it’s made, you’re definitely going to want to spice it up a little bit, and make it more interesting.
Here are the main ingredients you can use for making overnight oats.
1) Oats – well this is obviously the most important ingredient. Rolled oats are generally used here, but some people occasionally use steel cut oats and report having success with it.
2) Liquid – the choice of liquid is up to you. Although milk tends to be the most popular option, water can also be used, especially if you’re vegan, or trying to avoid dairy products altogether.
Other alternatives to dairy milk include nut-based milks like almond milk and coconut milk, as well as other options like soy milk.
3) Chia seeds – although these are completely optional, a lot of recipes recommend them, and I personally like using them.
Chia seeds not only add extra nutrition, but they are also improve the overall texture of the oatmeal, making it more creamy and tasty.
4) Sweeteners – oats aren’t naturally sweet, and may sometimes require some sort of additional sweetness. In the case of overnight oats, depending on the other ingredients you use, you may not really need to add in any additional sweetness.
But if you have to, sweeteners like maple syrup and honey are good options. If you prefer carb-free or calorie free options, you can try sweeteners like stevia, Erythritol and monk fruit.
Nut butters, such as almond and peanut butter can also add a level of sweetness, and creaminess to your overnight oats.
5) Toppings – this is where the real fun begins. The choice of toppings are totally up to you. Fruits like berries, mangoes and bananas are great options, giving their health benefits as well as the natural sweetness they provide.
Chopped nuts and coconut flakes can also be used. Always feel free to experiment when it comes your choice of toppings.
Health Benefits Of Overnight Oats
It’s no news that overnight oats are incredibly healthy when made right.
Oatmeal as it is, is already super healthy, being a good source of fiber, and protein, and also being very low in calories, making it a great tool for weight loss.
Chia seeds, if you decide to use them, are a good plant-based source of healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health and can help improve cholesterol levels.
Due to the high fiber and protein content, especially if you add in some milk or yoghurt, you can expect to feel satiated for longer, and experience less hunger cravings during the day.
Oatmeal is also on the good side of the glycemic index, meaning you’re less likely to experience blood sugar spikes and crashes, unlike other carb or sugar loaded meals.
When it comes to nutrition, you’re certainly not missing out. From the oatmeal itself, to the choice of toppings, and other ingredients, you can already tell it is a nutrient-filled breakfast. The kind you want to be starting your day with.
Now, here are some delicious overnight oats recipes for you to enjoy.
15 Delicious Overnight Oats Recipes
Variety is the name of the game here. When it comes to making this super easy and yummy breakfast, you truly have a lot of combinations and varieties to choose from.
Here are 15 of the best overnight oats recipes for you to enjoy.
1) Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (5 Ingredients)
2) Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats
3) Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Overnight Oats
4) Tropical Overnight Oats
5) Almond Butter, Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats
6) Berry Overnight Oats
7) Overnight Oats With A Blueberry-Cashew Cream
8) Peanut Butter Overnight Oats With Chocolate Granola
9) Vegan Protein-Packed Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
10) Cherry Berry And Banana Overnight Oats
11) Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats
12) Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats
13) Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats
14) Zucchini Bread Overnight Oats
15) Matcha Overnight Oats
Feel free to experiment with some of your favorite toppings and combos, and let me know how it goes.
Also, which one of these is your favorite? Let me know down below.