Now that the temperatures are creeping back up, my craving for overnight oats is back with a vengeance! A warm bowl of oatmeal is heartwarming, but there's nothing like enjoying a jar of cold, creamy overnight oats during the brutal Texas summer months. Looking to switch up your morning breakfast routine? Overnight oats are quick & easy, portable, and extremely satisfying and nutritious. And depending on what ingredients you choose, these can also be enjoyed as a healthy, delightful dessert anytime of the day.
I'm sharing the complete tutorial and recipe inspirations on the Food Network's Healthy Eats Blog so be sure to head on over there! You don't want to miss it!
- Have you tried overnight oats before? If so, what are your favorite toppings/flavor combinations?
- I'd love to try this with steel but oats but haven't figured out a way to make them not so crunchy in the morning. Any suggestions/ideas?
I agree! As soon as the temp warms up I get out my jars and start making overnight oats! It is one of my favorites!
Kristen RD says
Hi MJ! Fellow RD here and I also follow you on Instagram. Can you tell me what the serving size is? I know it's one jar, but how many cups does this make? How much does it expand? I'm asking because I am considering preparing a large batch of overnight oats with a toppings bar for a health fair sampling at my job and I am trying to scale the recipe by number of samples that I need. Thanks in advance! 🙂
Hi Kristen!! It's lovely to connect with you!! I really like to use my pint-size mason jars. I normally add about 1/3 cup oats, in which case it approximately doubles in volume after adding in the liquid and chia seeds, so about 2/3-1 cup depending. Hope this helps! Love that you're going to serve this at a health fair!! Such a fun idea, and I think people will really love it. I introduce overnight oats to my clients, especially the super busy ones, and they've come to really embrace it 😉
Kristen RD says
Just FYI, I used 1/3 c milk, oats, and yogurt and 1 tsp chia and it came out to exactly 1 cup, or 4- 2 oz samples. I love that you include chia. What would you recommend if people did not have chia to add? Would you say a little less liquid? Thanks for your help! I'm eating my practice sample with a local butter pecan granola and dried cranberries on top. So yum! A few of my coworkers were asking me about a quick and healthy breakfast and my answer is almost always to prep the night before, and I recommended overnight oats. They were skeptic about eating them cold, but I learned that they can also be heated. So I'm using this as a learning opportunity, for me and them 🙂
Thanks for letting me know! Honestly, I haven't tried it without chia seeds, but I would start off by adding less liquid and adjust accordingly. Yup!! That local butter pecan granola sounds delish! You can definitely enjoy overnight oats warm..endless possibilities, right? It's so fun to experiment and conjure up all kinds of concoctions ;).
Yvette-Marie Alvarez says
I put mines in a double-boiler steam them to the degree that I want them,
So that I don't get bored of it, I use every fruit thst is in season,sometime I use fixed dried fruit and nuts, one day use rice milk,another almond,coconut water,extra.... I love the steel cut oatmeal.
Thanks for the tip! I'll def have to start making these with steel cut oats! I love'em too 😉
Leslie Holeman says
Can you use Flax Seed also in the overnight oats?
the flavor choices sound great-I can't wait to experiment with them.
HI Leslie! You sure can! The great thing about overnight oats is that they're highly customizable 😉 Have fun experimenting!!
I must be missing something. Do you eat these cold right from the fridge? Or do you heat them up in the jar or empty into bowl and heat it up? To heat up having to use stove when one doesn't have a microwave 😉
Hi Kitty! I know..it's an odd concept at first, BUT cold oats in the form of overnight oats are amazing! Hope you give it a try ;). But if you prefer it warm, you can transfer your delicious concoction into a small saucepan and reheat (you may need to add more liquid). Hope this helps!
Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says
I do love some overnight oats! Even in our (mild) winter they are great for a grab-and-go healthy breakfast! I love swirling a little bit of jam through mine for a touch of sweetness, and topping them with nuts or toasted coconut 🙂
Fantastic idea! I shall make tomorrow's PB&J 😉
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
I love overnight oats! Thanks for such an awesome tutorial packed with so many delicious ideas 🙂
I love overnight oats, I have only done steel cut oats and absolutely fell in love! I figured out that if you use quick cook steel cut oats, like Quaker, they aren't crunchy at all! You just get the lovely, chewey texture.
So you don't have to cook the steel cut oats in advance? I'll def have to try! I do like chewy 😉
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says
I love oatmeal - even in the warm weather months! Haven't tried overnight oats yet, but think it's time for me to give them a try!
Yes yes! I was quite skeptical at first, but it's a must during summer..it gets very.very warm here in TX..
Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen says
Yes - overnight oats are going to be staple in my house too! I love your flavor combos.. I'll definitely need to add them to my mix!
Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says
Loved your post! I've only tried overnight oats once and it was not a success. I'll have to try them again because I love the idea of such an easy, healthy breakfast!
Yay! Hope you give it another try. What didn't you like about it the first time around? Was it the texture? consistency? Hope my tips/suggestions may offer some help. Let me know how it turns out this time around 😉