Happy Friday again!
I’m just going to be straight with you, this is undoubtedly a case of the lazy Friday recipes. Don’t confuse that with it being boring though, because the weekend just can’t have that. That’s actually my main reason for sharing it, to show that this way of eating oats is anything but boring.
I’m not sure how it seems to you but for me overnight oats are a relatively new thing. I’ve been craving oats off and on as the Summer has been heating up, but the thought of a hot bowl of anything on a sunny morning is sometimes just not appealing. This is where overnight oats are a game-changer.
Ironically, I made this recipe on a very warm day but as I’m editing this post the weather has cooled down a bit. In fact, yesterday I went for a bike ride and was cold enough to need a jacket. That’s the blessing/curse of where I live is that this time of year fluctuates in temperature a lot. With that said, I thought I’d add that you can eat this warm too and it’s more convenient than starting oatmeal from scratch as it’s ready in minutes.
I shared a recipe for muesli a few days ago and that’s been a really great find for me, but when I’m in the mood for preparing something ahead I really enjoy this recipe for how creamy the oats get.
So obviously I added a lot of toppings to mine, but that part is completely about what you like and how you wanna decorate it and flavor it. I honestly can’t imagine eating oats without at least a tiny bit of fruit. I also used some coconut yogurt in this, but you can replace that with some basic coconut milk or even just more plant milk if you prefer your oats thinner.
My Favorite Overnight Oats (Vegan+GF)
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk depending on how thick you want it
- 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt optional
- dash of cinnamon optional
- 1 - 2 tablespoons maple syrup stevia can be used instead
In a medium jar or resealable container, add the milk (use less if you want it thicker), salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener of choice, and stir together. Mix in the chia seeds and oats and cover with lid. Place in the fridge overnight or for at least 5 hours to thicken.
Once it's thick, add the toppings you'd like and enjoy.