Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes – How to Make Overnight Oats

Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes with Greek Yogurt and Almond Milk
6 Overnights Oats Recipes: Peanut Butter, Banana-Chocolate, Strawberry, Pineapple, Apple, and Coconut Overnight Oats

Overnight oat is another healthy way of making oatmeal without heating the oats. This ensures the nutritional value of the oats is preserved. In making overnight, you can combine different flavors such as peanut butter, banana and chocolate, blueberries, or apple and cinnamon; the type of overnight oat you love depends on your favorite flavor and the health benefit of the ingredients.

For a healthy overnight oat recipe, chia seeds and cinnamon are mostly used. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that are good for the heart and also high in fiber. Cinnamon on the other hand has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Therefore, to make a healthy overnight oat recipe, it is good you add these two ingredients to your oats.

Health Benefits

Are overnight oats healthy?

Overnight oats are healthy and good for you. Oats are high in fiber, especially steel-cut oats. This is the reason why steel-cut oats are preferred for making overnight oats. However, you can use any type of oats such as Rolled oats (old fashioned oats) or instant oats (quick oats). In this recipe, I used the rolled oats because it is what I have around but I will recommend steel-cut oats.

Benefits of Chia Seed and Cinnamon

Most overnight oats recipes have chia seeds and cinnamon added as ingredients; this is because of the health benefits of these ingredients; with chia seeds providing additional fiber and omega 3 fatty acids that are good for the heart while cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Good for the Gut

Another health benefit of overnight oats is that leaving it overnight helps in fermentation and makes it easily digestible by the gut.

Nutritional value is preserved

The nutrients in overnight oats are intact because no heat was applied to them; unlike the oatmeal recipe where heating may destroy some of the nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1 and a half cup of Rolled oats (Old fashioned oats). I prefer steel-cut oats because it is less process and still has the most nutrients and higher fiber content.
  • 12 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Any type of yogurt can be substituted for Greek yogurt. In fact, you can make it with just water. Greek yogurt improves the taste and the consistency with additional nutrients to enhance that of the oats.
  • A pinch of salt to each jar, cup, or bowl. This is optional.
  • 6 tablespoons of Chia seeds
  • 3 cups of Almond milk. You can use any type of milk for this. for vegan overnight oats, you can use almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.
  • 12 teaspoons of Honey but you can use maple syrup.
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate or cocoa powder and Half Banana
  • A quarter cup of chopped Apple with a half teaspoon of Cinnamon powder. You can grate the apple if you like.
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped Pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons of Peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of fruit Jam.
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped Strawberries.

If you are going to be topping the overnight oats with some chopped fruits as I did, then you can get a teaspoon each of peanut butter, chopped strawberry, banana, grated coconut, grated apple, and chopped pineapple as toppings.

How to Make Overnight Oats with Greek yogurt and Almond milk

I will be making 6 different flavors; you can just pick one flavor that is your favorite and make it at home instead of making all the six recipes I showed here.

Banana Chocolate Overnight Oat Recipe 

  • Mash your banana in a bowl, then add the chocolate or cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Add a quarter cup of oats
  • Stir to combine and then add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of almond milk.
  • Also, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and mix again.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • In a bowl, mix a quarter cup of oats with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of fruit Jam.
  • Also, add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of almond milk.
  • Stir to combine and keep aside.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

  • Chop half of a small apple (about 3 tablespoons) into a mixing bowl; then add a quarter cup of oats into it.
  • Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • Also, add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of almond milk.
  • Stir everything together and keep aside.

Coconut Flavor

Use 2 tablespoons of grated coconut, a quarter cup of oats, and add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Stir to combine and keep aside.

Pineapple Flavor

Chop 3 tablespoons of pineapple, a quarter cup of oats, and add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Mix and keep aside.

Strawberry Flavor

Chop 3 tablespoons of strawberries, add a quarter cup of oats then add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Mix everything together and keep aside.

Refrigerating the Oats Overnight

If you want to add a sweetener, you can use honey or maple syrup. I used 2 teaspoons of maple syrup into each bowl/cup. Once you are done mixing each of the flavors and the sweetener; refrigerate your oats overnight.

Take them out of the fridge the next morning and enjoy your healthy overnight oats recipes. The oats absorb all the nutrients you mixed and they become swollen and soft, making them sweet with the taste and flavor of your ingredients.

These are simple ways of making overnight oats; it is the best I have made; you can use any brand you love; I used quaker oats. If you love gluten-free oats, do ensure you check the label before buying. Have a nice day.