Christmas is over. For me, Christmas is all about friends, family, socializing and food. It’s precisely the latter that ensures that a lot is eaten for 2 to 3 days. All the food is tasty, that’s the main problem of Christmas. Typical Christmas dishes are: Honey Glazed Duck Breast or Duck a l’orange. After these days, I always feel that I will make a new and good start for the coming year. You can of course make a good start every day with your breakfast. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how to make overnight oats.
What is the definition of Overnight Oats
The meaning of Overnight Oats is:
”An healthy breakfast whereby the oatmeal isn’t cooked, but mixed with milk and other ingredients to hydrate in the fridge. Normally this is done overnight”.
Everyone knows oatmeal. It’s dried, hulled and cut oats. It is mainly used in breakfast. In order to eventually get the oatmeal, a number of things have to happen. For example, the grain is first washed and then removed from the crown husk. These are, as it were, the outer leaves. These are not for human consumption. When the husks have been removed, the grains are heated and made smaller. After this, the small pieces are steamed and rolled. There are different types of oats. You may have heard of Rolled Oats. These can be thick and thin and fall into different categories. These 3 categories are:
- Old fashioned
They are assigned to a category based on the cooking time they require. Overnight Oats is oatmeal that is not cooked, but is already prepared the day before. Among other things, milk is added to the oats. Then it is kept in the refrigerator overnight. By keeping them, the oats will absorb the milk. This will change the substance of the oats. They are hard at first, but the absorption of the milk makes them soft. If you want to prepare this recipe, make sure you leave the glass with the oats in the fridge for at least 3 hours. It’s best if you do it all night. When you wake up, you only have to take the glass from the fridge and provide the oatmeal with a tasty topping. The rest has all been done! A quick and good start for your morning.
Making Overnight Oats
No one is the same or if you are twins you may have more in common than another. But everyone wants their oats in a different way. One person likes oats that are slightly harder, while the other likes them super soft. It may also be the case that you don’t want too much milk or a lot of milk. That’s why this recipe is so useful. It gives you the basics. Then you can see for yourself what you like most and experiment with it. You are the person who’s making it and eating it, not me. So choose what you like most! In short, making overnight oats consists of the following steps:
- Grab a glass
- Fill the glass with oats, milk and seeds
- Add Greek yogurt and vanilla extract
- Stir everything together. There should be no lumps in it.
- Put the glass in the fridge for at least 3 hoursOptionally, you can also add honey, maple syrup or sugar instead of vanilla extract. It’s just what you want and how healthy you want it to be. You can also choose the seeds yourself. The most obvious is to choose Chia seeds. The exact ingredients list is in the recipe at the bottom of the article. The basis of overnight Oats consists of:
- Rolled Oats
- Vanilla Extract
Overnight oats with yogurt
One of the elements you add to the oats is yogurt. Here too you have many different choices:
- Low fat yogurt
- Greek yogurt
- All kinds of flavors
In the end you have so many different flavors and brands, that I recommend that you choose a basic flavor, so normal Greek yogurt if you want to make the basic version of this recipe. If you want a banana flavor, you can choose yogurt with a banana flavor.
You can also experiment with this to get the best combinations. If a combination does not work out well, you know that the next time you have to make the recipe slightly different. I am curious about your favorite combination. Share the best combination of this recipe in the comments below.
The last element is of course the topping. To give you some inspiration, I’ve made a list below of ingredients that you can use:
- Fruit: mango, strawberry, apple, blueberry, banana, coconut
- Sweetener: Honey, Mable Syrup, Sugar, Dates
- Nuts: Granola
- Herbs: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, turmeric
This are a couple of examples! By choosing the ingredients, the name of the overnight oat will change. Below a couple of examples:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats
- Banana Chocolate Chip Oats
- Banana Peanut Butter Oats
- Yogurt Overnight Oats
- Berry Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Oats
- Mango Yogurt Oats
This list can become endless, because of all the combinations. It’s time to tell you the ingredients for this recipe.
Overnight Oats Recipe Ingredients
To make this fantastic breakfast you need the following ingredients: rolled oats, plain Greek yogurt, Chia seeds, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and honey. For the topping I use some berries. You can find the recipe below. Interested in cooking videos, go to my YouTube Channel!
- 80 grams Greek Yogurt
- 45 grams Rolled Oats
- 160 ml Milk
- 13 grams Chia Seeds
- 2 grams Vanilla Extract
- Grab a glass.
- Fill the glass with oats, milk and Chia seeds.
- Add the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
- Stir everything together. There should be no lumps.
- Put the glass in the fridge for at least 3 hours. My advice is to do this overnight.
- After a minimum of 3 hours take the glass out of the fridge. At a little bit of cinnamon, Honey en Berries on top! You have made yourself Overnight Oats!
FAQ Overnight Oats
Below you can find the most frequently asked questions:
What are overnight oats?
An healthy breakfast whereby the oatmeal isn’t cooked, but mixed with milk and other ingredients to hydrate in the fridge. Normally this is done overnight.
Which ingredients do I need?
You need the following ingredients: rolled oats, plain Greek yogurt, Chia seeds, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and honey. For the topping I use berries.
How long does it take to make?
The preparation is 10 minutes. Put it at least 3 hours in the fridge. The easy way is to do this overnight.