Admittedly, I’m not the best at the whole preparing-breakfast-the-night-before thing. Even when I’m at school, making breakfast has become a ritual for me that happens in the morning, rather than at night. Granted, I am lucky to have a class schedule (read: I refuse to take classes before 10 am) that allows me to prepare my breakfasts in the morning. If this were not the case, far more of my meals would be prepared in advance, like this one was, especially since overnight oats occupy their own category of delicious. They’re also really foolproof. You can substitute nearly anything for anything in this recipe. For gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats. You could use buckwheat, soaked overnight and rinsed in the morning before being combined with the other ingredients. You could use cooked millet or cooked quinoa too. Any crushed nut or another seed could be substituted for the chia seeds. Mashed/diced fruit would also be great. You can use juice or even dairy-free yogurt instead of the milk and water. All you really need is a jar and a few hours to let the mixture sit! Here’s my go-to recipe for the easiest overnight oats you’ll ever make. Enjoy!
- scant 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 to 2 pitted, chopped dates
- Toppings: anything you want! Fresh or frozen berries, banana slices, cacao nibs, crushed nuts, or a drizzle of maple syrup would all be delicious.
- Mix everything together in a mason jar, cover with a lid, and leave to sit overnight or for at least 4 hours. It helps to give everything a quick stir right before you go to bed to ensure that the chia seeds are dispersed throughout the mixture.
- In the morning, add any toppings you’d like! If you want to heat it up, you can do so on a pot over the stove or in the microwave in a microwave-safe container.
- Since the dates I used were super sticky, I found that it was helpful to put the oats, cinnamon, chia, and cinnamon in first, and then drop a few of the date chunks into the oats mixture, and shake it around so they get coated by the oats. Then drop a few more in, shake it around again, etc. This helps make sure the dates are evenly distributed throughout the mixture rather than in one huge layer. But really, you can do this whole thing however you want! It will still be super delicious.