What is overnight oatmeal?
Overnight oatmeal is a delicious mixture mainly of oatmeal, your favorite yogurt and chopped fruit. You make a batch ahead of time and then you have a quick and delicious breakfast in the morning. I like to pre-portion this into mason jars. Makes morning less stressful!
I'm a person that needs breakfast. Along with all the studies that say breakfast is crucial to fueling the day, studies also say it helps with weight loss. The real reason I eat breakfast is I'm crabby when I'm hungry :).
My new favorite breakfast food is overnight oatmeal. Here's the kicker, there is no cooking involved! That's a big plus to me since I hate cleaning that pan I've used to cook oatmeal. So much that I'll actually not make oatmeal in the morning 'cause I don't want to clean it up.
There are hundreds of recipes for overnight oatmeal but through a little trial and error, I've found the formula I like and it is EASY! Here is what you need:
The next morning, grab and eat! No work required! I do find the sweetness is perfect and that comes from the flavored yogurts. It is cold oatmeal and the first couple of times that didn't appeal to me. I took the lid off and microwaved for about 30 seconds and it was perfect for me! Love the texture, the flavor and the fact that it's ready to go in the morning. I actually make 2 or three days worth ahead of time.
Overnight Oatmeal printable recipe.
No cook overnight oatmeal – yum!
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal (Steel cut can be used for a chewier texture)
- 1 cup flavored yogurt (vanilla or a fruit flavored)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup fruit (roughly chopped - can use fresh or frozen fruit))
Empty a container of your favorite yogurt into a bowl.
Add a cup of old fashioned oatmeal
Add one cup milk
Coursely chop 1 cup fruit if using larger fruit. Add to bowl.
Coarsely chop fruit
Stir all ingredients together.
Fill your mason jars. If you don't have any handy, use a glass and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
Place in fridge overnight. The next morning it's ready to eat. If not a fan of cold oatmeal, heat about 30 seconds in the microwave and stir.
Keywords: Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, breakfast
Have some fun with the flavor combinations. Are you a huge strawberry fan? Use strawberry yogurt with fresh strawberries. I have a bag of mixed frozen fruit in my freezer (thanks Costco). This ensures I always have fruit and I can pick through for specific fruits for different flavors.
Although I wasn't keen on eating this cold at first, I do enjoy it now. It's refreshing. As the summer gets warmer, I think a cool savory flavorful breakfast will even be better.
Do you have any other easy breakfast recipes?
Yes! Here are a few other easy breakfast ideas for you. These are baked but are easy!