All of The Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats are officially my new obsession.  Mark my words yall.  I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make these, but I am so glad I did!  They are AHH-mazingly delicious, so easy to make, and you prep them the night before so they take ZERO time in the morning!  Nothing makes eating a healthy breakfast on a busy day easier.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Added Sugar Free, Vegan Friendly

You heard me right.  With just a couple swaps/modifications from my recipes below, every single one of these can easily be made to fit perfectly into anyone’s diet.  So it is a great meal for everyone!

Dairy free:  As long as you choose a non-dairy milk (soy, almond, or cashew which is my favorite) and a substitute for the greek yogurt,  there is no dairy in this recipe.  My favorites are Silk cashew milk and Kite Hill greek style almond milk yogurt.  If you can’t find Kite Hill, I have also tried it with Trader Joe’s vanilla cultured coconut milk – this is a little less thick than greek yogurt but it still creates a great texture and even adds a little extra sweetness!  The other greek yogurt alternative I have tried is Forager Project plain cashew yogurt.  This is thinner so I think the consistency is affected a little bit, but it is still pretty good if it is your only option!

Gluten free:  Oats are actually a naturally gluten-free food.  The problem is in the processing.  A lot of oats are processed in locations that cannot verify there is no cross contamination with foods that may contain gluten.  The easy fix for this is to purchase oats that are certified as gluten free.  I either buy Bob’s Red Mill or Trader Joe’s.

Added Sugar Free:  NONE of these recipes tell you to add table sugar to your oats.   In one of them I do use honey, but if you want to you can avoid this using a few different options, picking which works best for you.  The first option is to just leave out the sweetener completely.  The second option I like is to mash up 1/2 of a medium banana and mix in with your other ingredients in place of the honey.  This adds natural sweetness to the meal without using any sweeteners.  The apple cinnamon recipe at the bottom is already free of any sweetener as is!

Vegan friendly: To make this dish vegan approved, you will have to swap out the honey (as well as make the alternatives for dairy mentioned above).  You can choose to swap it with any sweetener that you prefer.  You can use the idea mentioned before and use 1/2 of a banana to have some natural sweetness added.  Or you could use maple syrup, agave, date syrup, or regular table sugar.  You can also leave out the sweetener completely!  This is still delicious without it.

Actually Overnight?

So what I love about these oats is that you are able to make them the night before a busy day and grab them on your way out the door the next morning.  You can even make a bunch of them on Sunday night and bring them to work for the entire week.  However, you don’t have to remember to make them the night before to be able to enjoy these.  As long as you give them about four hours to sit, they will be good to go!

And did you know there is actually a benefit to this?  Soaking the oats in this acidic mixture helps break down phytic acid,  which is an anti-nutrient that interferes with digestive enzymes and inhibits mineral absorption.  So it makes the oats easier to digest and helps your body actually absorb more of the nutrients from them!

Are you ready to get going?? Pick the flavor that sounds best to you and let’s get started!

 

Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I buy these gluten free ones)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (I buy this one)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp milk (I like using cashew milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight lid (I usually use mason jars, but you can also use any glass tupperware) and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Grab it on your way out in the morning and enjoy!

 

overnight oats

BERRY Chocolate Overnight Oats


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I buy these gluten free ones)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (I buy this one)
  • 1-2 tbsp dried gogi berries (we love this brand)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp milk (I like using cashew milk)
  • 1/2 banana (mashed)

Instructions:

  1. Mash your banana.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well combined.
  3. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight lid (I usually use mason jars, but you can also use any glass tupperware) and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Grab it on your way out in the morning and enjoy!

 

berry overnight oats

Chocolate Cinnamon Overnight Oats


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp milk (I like using cashew milk)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana (mashed)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight lid (I usually use mason jars, but you can also use any glass tupperware) and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Grab it on your way out in the morning and enjoy!

 

chocolate cinnamon overnight oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (learn how to make your own here!)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp milk (I like using cashew milk)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight lid (I usually use mason jars, but you can also use any glass tupperware) and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Grab it on your way out in the morning and enjoy!

 

apple cinnamon overnight oats

Can’t decide?  Me either that is why I like switching it up between all of these!  Try them all and comment below letting me know which one is your favorite!  Enjoy 🙂

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