I'm a big fan of fresh oatmeal but sometimes I find it difficult to make in the morning because of how time-consuming it can be. For this reason, I love overnight oats because they are so simple to make and in 5 minutes you can have a delicious meal prepped for the next morning. There are a range of toppings and flavors that you can use to create your oats, but I tend to stick with basic flavors such as cinnamon to flavor the oats. You can also make overnight oats with or without the chia seeds, but I like the texture they add and they're a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Depending on the size of the jar you are mixing the oats in, the measurements will vary. I used a small mason jar that previously held homemade jam, but you can also mix the oats in an empty to almost-empty nut butter jar for a nutty twist.
You Will Need:
Ideally, you want half to 3/4 of the mix to be made out of the oats, and 1/4 to 2/4 of the mix to be chia seeds. The chia seeds will thicken the oatmeal, so you can play around with the ingredients to get your desired consistency. You then want to add in the milk until the dry ingredients are entirely submerged, but opposite to the chia seeds, the more milk you add, the more liquidy the oatmeal will turn out. After this is all mixed together, add in the cinnamon and maple syrup to taste. Let the oats sit covered in the fridge overnight, or for a minimum of 4 hours.
You can top off the oats with anything you'd like, but some tried-and-true options are:
In the version you see below, I topped off the oats with Orange Spice Siggi's yogurt, unsweetened coconut flakes, blueberries, and strawberries.
~ Breif explanation of what the heck Siggi's is: ~
I LOVE this stuff! Siggi's is a thick yogurt in the style of Icelandic Skyr, that has a higher content of protein than sugar. They are not overly sweet, and come in various milkfats, from 0% (skim), to 4% (whole). The skyr is made from grass-fed cows, and has no artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial coloring.
The options for overnight oats are virtually endless, which makes it a perfect option for a quick and filling breakfast!
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