Who says you have to slave over a hot stove every morning making delicious homemade oatmeal?
It’s the 21st-century people and times have changed. Yeah, oatmeal is still the same- nutritiously packed full of fiber, fluffy, and filling but the way you cook it doesn’t have to be the same.
Caring for a one-and-a-half-year-old child and working full time is hard work. Making meals, doing laundry (diapers and clothes), fishing dog food from my child’s mouth, and picking up the hundreds of toy cars is a full-time job in itself. The last thing I want to do is think too much about meal prep.
A few years ago, I started experimenting with Overnight Oatmeal for a quick, grab and go breakfast. I was tired of dry breakfast bars and feeling way too guilty about my fast food indulgences. Looking to make a change in my morning breakfast routine, but still needing a quick fill me up, I decided to try a new twist on a classic favorite. Overnight Oatmeal with mix-ins.
One of my favorite Overnight Oatmeal recipes is chocolate coconut. With any Overnight Oatmeal recipe I make, the ingredients below always remain the same. I start with equal parts of rolled oats (these are my favorite) and milk, then add sweeteners and yogurt, refrigerate for 24 hours and enjoy.
The Overnight Oatmeal recipes below yield 6 half pint (8 oz.) Ball Jars. This is the perfect amount to get me through the week.
Overnight Oatmeal Ingredients
- 3 cups Rolled Oats
- 3 cups milk (almond milk is my favorite)
- ½ tsp. of vanilla or coconut extract
- 3 tbsp. honey (optional)
- 3 tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 8 oz. container of vanilla yogurt
- pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Mix until well blended, add desired mix-ins.
I make my Overnight Oatmeal in bulk on Sunday night, jar it, and refrigerate. In the morning, it’s ready to eat! All you need is a spoon and you can eat it in the car, on the train, or in a bus. It’s one of the most simple and hearty breakfast meals you can grab in a hurry without feeling guilty.
5 Overnight Oatmeal Mix-Ins
- Chocolate Coconut- add 1/3 cup coconut flakes, ½ cup mini chocolate chips and top with almond slices.
- Apples & Honey- add 1 peeled and cooked apple, sprinkle with cinnamon
- Almond butter & Jelly- add 2 tbsp. almond butter and jelly, top with almond slices
- Blueberry & Lemon- add 1 cp. Fresh blueberries, 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, top with lemon zest and granola
- Strawberries & Cream-add 1 cp. Chopped fresh strawberries, top with granola
These Overnight Oatmeal recipes are great for kids too. I use whole milk instead of almond and go a little easy on the chocolate when making these for my son. I also swap the 8 oz. jars for 4 oz. jars and top off the oatmeal with a little extra yogurt.
Have you ever tried Overnight Oatmeal? What are some of your favorite flavors and mix-ins? Share in the comments below.
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Meagan has been married for seven years and is a proud new mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 18 years ago in high school; they got married 11 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her one year son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and fishing dog food from his mouth, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbeque anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.