I used to hate the idea of overnight oats. I thought they’d just be horrible, cold, soggy, mush in the morning. Then, I came up with a recipe I actually adored (see it here), and I was so wrong! They’re now my favourite thing to have for breakfast. I love to make a big batch of oats to last me a few days, and it saves so much effort in the morning which is great because I am NOT a morning person!
I wanted to share my favourite combinations of ingredients to make great overnight oats, but I never follow a recipe, so it’s more of a ‘chuck everything in, hope for the best’ situation. Hope that’s cool with you.
I’ve included approximate measurements next to each ingredient but, like I said, I never measure or use a recipe, so it’s just down to you and how much of each ingredient you think you’ll like.
Don’t worry too much about having too much liquid or too many dry ingredients because you can always adjust it in the morning if it isn’t quite right. 9 times out of 10, my oats are awesome without adjustment!
Oats. Obviously. For one serving I’d go for about ½ cup.
Seeds: flax, chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin. About a tablespoon of flax and chia, and I tend to use sesame, sunflower and pumpkin to sprinkle on top.
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans. Just about a handful, whole or chopped.
Maca powder. Depends if you like to be able to taste it, it’s kind of biscuit-y. I don’t like it to overpower, so I only add about 2 teaspoons per serving.
Cacao nibs. Handful will do.
Dried fruit: raisins, sultanas, apricots, cranberries, figs, apple, banana chips, blueberries, goji berries. Way more than is necessary. These are really flavoursome and, in the case of dried apricots, are pretty damn good for you, so this is completely to taste.
Frozen fruit: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, banana. About a handful of each is good.
Fresh fruit: banana, apple, blueberries. Again, a good handful should be enough for flavour and fibre.
Protein powder. Usually these come with a scoop to help you measure one serving. If not, go for a tablespoon.
Flavouring: Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, vanilla. Again, to taste. I use what I would call a pinch, depending on the other ingredients. I love cinnamon, though, so that’s always heavily used!
Plant milks: soya, coconut, almond, hemp, hazelnut, oat, and flavoured versions of these. About ¾ cup per serving, but add more if your oats are too thick in the morning.
Other grains: quinoa, millet, barley, rye flakes, wheat flakes, spelt. Depends if you’re using these instead of oats or in addition to. If instead of, go for about ½ cup. If using as well as oats, go for a ¼ cup of each.
Dessicated coconut. A tablespoon depending on how much you like coconut flavour.
Here are some of my favourite combinations to get you started:
Flax + chia + cacao + cranberries + cinnamon + vanilla soya milk
Flax + chia + dessicated coconut + apricots + goji berries + coconut milk
Flax + walnuts + maca powder + raisins + sultanas + ginger + nutmeg + cinnamon + vanilla soya milk
Vanilla protein powder + chia + banana chips + frozen blueberries + quinoa + almond milk
Spelt + banana + cinnamon + chia + dessicated coconut + coconut milk
Chia + flax + almonds + frozen blackberries + frozen blackcurrants + stewed apple + chopped nuts + almond milk
If you do want to be exact, measuring cups are your friend! I could not be bothered getting the scales out and measuring in grams and ounces. If you don’t have measuring cups already, you can pick some up really cheap from amazon.
Feel free to Pin or save the image below for your breakfast inspiration!
Do you eat overnight oats? If so, what’s your favourite combination? Do you use a recipe or are you like me and prefer the slapdash method?