Friday, February 25, 2011

Overnight oats

Yeah, yeah, if you read any of the food blogs out there, you've already heard of overnight oats approximately 4329573 times already. I know.
But for those of you that don't, or those of you that have read about it, but never tried it, it's time! Try everything once, didn't your mom ever teach you that? :)

(I'll begin this by saying that I have no idea how similar or not overnight oats are to "typical" oatmeal, because I don't eat typical oatmeal. I've never really tried it and it's never really appealed to me. That being said, if you don't like oatmeal, there's a good chance you'll still like this. So again, TRY IT!)

The premise behind overnight oats is that you prepare it the night before, and it sits overnight. (who woulda thought?!) However, this isn't absolutely necessary, just know that the longer it has to sit, the less...hard your oats are. Or the chewier they become. Something like that.

You'll need 3 main ingredients.
You use whatever amount you want, but the same amount of each.
I use 1/3 cup, but feel free to use more or less.
the milk is underneath the oats
I use pumpkin pie spice in mine, but that's just a preference thing. (remember how much I love anything pumpkin?) I also use vanilla yogurt, cause that's the only flavor I like. If you like fruity yogurts (bleh!), I bet that would be delicious, and you could top it with sliced fruit before you eat it.
Stir it up, cover it, and store in the fridge overnight. (or for a few minutes if you're making in the morning)

It'll come out looking a little like this:

I stir maple syrup into mine because of my terrible sugar addiction cause I like maple syrup, but feel free to experiment with mix-ins or toppings, like peanut butter, nuts, fruit, raisins, etc etc.

I'm one of those people who get into an eating rut, and when I like something I'll eat it over and over again. I'm pretty sure I've eaten this everyday for the last 15 days or so.

Now, go try it!


  1. do you heat them up or eat them cold?

    and I agree...I could think of a lot more fun things to spend money on than a furnace/ac unit. boo. (although I do greatly appreciate being warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so I guess that makes it "fun")

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates fruit yogurts!

  3. Do you eat it cold? As good as it sounds, I'm just not feelin' the whole "cold oatmeal" thing. I make it cooked on a fairly regular basis, and Kolbe really likes it. But cold?? Hmmmm...

  4. Yes, eat it cold!

    I mean, you could try to eat it warm, but I've never tried it that way. I like it cold! Something about warm yogurt....ehhhh.

  5. i have a pretty terrible sugar addiction! I'm not a huge fan of overnight oats. I'll do it every once in awhile (especially when I have an almost-empty peanut butter jar - I'll make it in the jar)...but its not my fave.

  6. I hate oatmeal. Will I like this? Really? I may have to give it a try. :)

  7. Nah, you gotta eat it cold - I have that in summer (australian summer so way too hot for oatmeal!) and proper oatmeal in winter. and if you hate oatmeal, check out katheats the blog - its not about the oatmeal, its how to eat it.

    I like to put fruit in mine, like grated apple, froznn berries, maybe some chia seeds to plump it up. Soo good. Also good if you use untoasted muesli instead of oats cos the raisins get super plump and delicious!

  8. Overnight oats? We call it oat porridge (or is that the same as oatmeal?) and we boil the oats with water or milk (nicer with milk, in my opinion) for a few mins and they end up like that. Lovely with some honey on the top!

  9. I was wondering if you eat it cold, too ......

    what kind of oats are these??


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