I don’t know about your mornings, but mine aren’t always relaxed and calm.
Sometimes, I’m trying to help Trevor get some last-minute things together before school. Other times I’m packing for a trip and counting down the minutes before I have to head out the door.
On these “less than peaceful” mornings, I often grab a quick snack that isn’t always filling or healthy. But after realizing how much these foods slowed me down, I was ready for a new morning bite.
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That’s why I started making classic overnight oats. And here’s the thing, they keep me full for hours!
Find the recipe below.
If mornings are hectic, prep these overnight oats ahead of time for a simple and filling breakfast!
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup milk (of choice)
- 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- In a mason jar or other large glass container, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight (if in a pinch, try to keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours).
- Take it out of the fridge, give it a good stir, and add toppings as you please!
You can prep these ahead of time and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days!
You can make one batch of overnight oats or enough for the entire workweek.
They can be stored in your fridge for up to five days… making them the perfect prep-ahead breakfast for those days when you don’t have a lot of time to sit down.
You can always leave these overnight oats as is, but I like to enjoy mine with toppings. Here are some of my favorite combos.
Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Oats
When making Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, you’ll include all of the ingredients you would in classic overnight oats with the addition of peanut butter in the base.
This means you’ll take approximately 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and mix it in with all of the ingredients PRIOR to putting it in the fridge overnight.
After pulling the oats out of the fridge, you’re ready for toppings!
Toppings for Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats:
- 1/2 cup chopped apples
- 2 tablespoons granola of choice
- Drizzle of peanut butter to taste
- Dash of cinnamon to taste
Banana Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oats
Similar to the Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, you’ll mix peanut butter into the classic base prior to refrigerating.
Then, upon taking them out of the refrigerator (after letting your oat sit for at least three hours), you’ll top them with the following.
Toppings for Banana Chocolate Chip Peanut ButterOvernight Oats:
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon semi-sweet, dark or milk chocolate chips
- Drizzle of peanut butter to taste
I sometimes add sliced almonds or crushed walnuts to add some texture to these oats, too!
Mixed Berry Classic Overnight Oats
You won’t need to add anything to the base of your Classic Overnight Oats before adding toppings. Just take them out of the fridge and top them with these ingredients.
Mixed Berry Overnight Oats:
- Blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries (about 1/4 cup each)
- Drizzle of honey to taste
Tropical Delight Classic Overnight Oats
If your palate seeks the sweet flavors of pineapple, coconut, mango or any tropical taste, this batch of overnight oats is for you.
For this one, I definitely recommend adding the optional chia seeds to the base. They’ll add some healthy fats that you’d otherwise get with the peanut butter in the first two recipes.
When done with sitting in the fridge, here’s what you’ll add as toppings.
Tropical Delight Overnight Oats:
- 1/4 cup chopped mango
- 1/4 canned or fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
Do you know what classic overnight oats recipe you’ll try first?
I’m a huge peanut butter gal so I’m sure you know which ones I like… but the great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever you’d like to the base and I’m sure it will taste great!
Feel free to get creative 🙂
From my kitchen to yours,