Meet your new breakfast BFF: Basic Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds. This is the ultimate, the champion of easy, healthy, make-ahead breakfasts. Can we please take a moment to appreciate that this recipe calls for 4 ingredients and literally takes 2 minutes to prepare?!
What is Special About Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are made without heat. Instead of cooking them on the stove or in the microwave, you simply soak the raw oats in milk. Time does all the work while you are catching up on those zzz’s. Soaking overnight helps the them soften because they absorb the milk. I actually find that I prefer the texture of overnight oats, because they are less sticky and gooey than traditionally cooked oatmeal.
Your overnight oats can be ready in as little as 2 or 3 hours. For the best texture, though, you will want to let them soak overnight. If you have 2 minutes before you brush your teeth at night, you can wake up to delicious, creamy, ready-to-eat oatmeal.
The best part? Overnight Oats are a good for you!
- Oats offer more protein and healthy fat than most other grains.
- Oats are full of fiber, which helps your digestive system function and your stomach to feel satiated. One specific type of fiber found in oats may even help lower cholesterol.
- Oats contain antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and help lower blood pressure.
What Do You Need to Make Overnight Oats?
Basic overnight oats can be made with just 4 ingredients:
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: Make sure you are using plain, old fashioned rolled oats, not the quick cook kind. Old fashioned rolled oats will give you the best texture with this type of no-cook preparation method.
- Milk of choice: Cow’s milk is great option and any percentage will work. Here is where this recipe gets really fun. You can also use plant-based milk: almond, coconut, soy, rice, cashew etc… You could even use water if you wanted to, but I’d recommend milk for the extra nutrients and flavor.
- Chia seeds: For me, chia seeds are non-negotiable. They improve the texture and help the unabsorbed liquid to stick to the oats. Chia seeds also offers a boost of fiber, fat, protein and lots of minerals.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances flavor and adds a touch of sweetness without adding a sweetener.
You can optionally add in a sweetener, fresh or dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, your favorite nut butter, whole nuts, seeds, or yogurt.
So, we know that this Basic Overnight Oats Recipe with Chia Seeds is:
✔️ Made only a few ingredients
✔️ Made without heat or cook time
✔️ Completely customizable (can be made dairy-free, sweetened, with toppings etc…)
✔️ Good for your body!
So, what are you waiting for?! Pull those oats out of the back of your pantry, grab some milk and start your day with this easy, healthy breakfast.
- 2 cups Rolled Oats
- 2 cups Milk of choice
- 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
In a 16 ounce mason jar or other container of similar size, add the rolled oats, milk, chia seeds, and vanilla extract.
Mix thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients are evenly dispersed.
Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
In the morning, spoon into a bowl and serve with a sweetener if desired. Once mine is made, I leave it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days until we eat it all up.