4 Ideas for Overnight Oatmeal

How to make overnight oats For me, oatmeal is one of those foods that I just plain forget about. I've pretty much always loved oatmeal. It's warm, easy to customize cereal. Who doesn't love cereal? And once I learned that oatmeal can actually be quite good for you, I was even more sold on it as a breakfast option.How to make overnight oatsThe one draw back is prep time. You can easily make oatmeal on the stove top or in the oven (yay for baked oatmeal!). Neither option takes much time. But when you're the kind of person who waits until the last possible moment before leaving your house to think about breakfast, well, your options get pretty limited fast. That's why I was so excited to try out overnight oatmealHow to make overnight oats   I am happy to report overnight oats are awesome! You can quickly put this together the night before and you have a ready to go breakfast in the morning. You could easily pop this in the microwave too, if the weather is bananas cold where you live right now (we just got more snow yesterday!). Here are a few of my favorite combinations so far. Berry overnight oatmealVery Berry Oats, serves one.

2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
1 tablespoon blueberry jam
fresh or frozen berries for the top

The night before combine the first three ingredients in a small jar. Give it a good shake with the lid on. Place in the refrigerator. This variation isn't very sweet, the only sugar being whatever is in your particular blueberry jam (you could use any fruit jam you prefer).Banana nut overnight oatsBanana Nut Oats, serves one.

2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup whole milk (skim or 2% is fine too)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
banana slices and chopped pecans

The night before combine the first four ingredients in a small jar. Give it a good shake with the lid on. Place in the refrigerator. Top with bananas and pecans the next morning just before eating.Pumpkin spice overnight oatsPumpkin Spice Oats, serves one.

2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup whole milk (skim or 2% is fine too)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
a big pinch of cinnamon
a small pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
granola for the top

The night before combine the first seven ingredients in a small jar. Give it a good shake with the lid on. Place in the refrigerator. In the morning top with crunchy granola. Oats on oats. Then, go ahead, it's good I tell you. :)Overnight oats with coconut milkTropical Oats, serves one. (Exotic sounding, no?)

2/3 cups oats
2/3 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
sliced mango
chopped almonds

The night before combine the first three ingredients in a small jar. Give it a good shake with the lid on. Place in the refrigerator. In the morning top with sliced mango and chopped almonds. I also think a little toasted coconut would be wonderful in this one. The morning I made this I found I did not have any coconut left though. Oops. How to make overnight oats  Before adding the toppings in the morning be sure to give the oats a taste and add a little more sweetener or even a pinch of sea salt to boost the flavor. Try it! You're gonna love it. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

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