I love oats for breakfast and overnight oats are a great addition to the regular muesli and hot oats porridge. This is an easy recipe for basic overnight oats in a jar. Today I have topped them with fresh figs, blueberries and some chocolate but you can top with any fresh fruits and toppings you desire. Try colourful sprinkles for kids or some crunchy trail mix for extra health boost.
Overnight oats kind of sprung up on me, all of a sudden. One fine day, when I opened my apple-cinnamon or banana-chocolate and also trying out new flavours like a key-lime overnight oats jar! A lot of them are actually popular cake or smoothie flavour combinations.
What I love most about Overnight Oats
They are healthy, delicious and highly customisable! But what attracted me to overnight oats was the ease of making them in a jar. They require no cooking, just mix everything up in a jar, close and keep them, well, overnight! They are perfect for us. I often set yogurt in small jars so that I can top it up with muesli in the morning, pack and take it on-the-go. Overnight oats just made it so much more easier!
I love old fashioned rolled oats but I always had to cook them in water or milk. So not ideal for a rushed up morning or to-go breakfast. Enter Overnight oats and my life is changed!
My basic recipe for overnight oats is simply oats, chia seeds, a few nuts, maple syrup and non-dairy milk. Mix everything together, close and leave in fridge. I love the texture with chia seeds. They bind the overnight oats together and make it more like a pudding. (by the way, I can anyway have them for dessert as an oats and chia pudding!)
Make a game out of toppings for overnight oats!
Like I said, you can add any flavour and toppings to this basic recipe. Feel like some blueberries? or strawberries? or carrot? or a chunky monkey with chocolate and banana? or like this one with fresh figs, blueberries and some chocolate :-). How about every member of the family choose their own toppings? I love to play. Usually, I take them out at least 10-15 minutes before eating so that they are not super cold.
If you haven’t tried overnight oats yet, you really have to. It is just so so simple to make them. Please take a moment to rate this recipe, it will really encourage me!
Easy Overnight Oats with fresh fruits and chocolate
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup almond milk , (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 1 tbsp mixed seeds , (sunflower, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds)
- 6-8 nuts , (mix almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, goji berries)
- 1 tsp dark chocolate chip
For the topping
- 1 fresh fig
- 8-10 fresh blueberries
- Add everything (other than the topping ingredients) in a glass jar.
- Mix well.
- Close tightly and keep in fridge for the night.
- Top with fresh fruits and other toppings like chocolate or nuts etc.
- For even thicker texture, use ¼ cup non-dairy yogurt and ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- Preparation Time does not include time to chill the oats.
- Overnight oats stay well refrigerated for upto 2-3 days.
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