Overnight Oats X5

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I am a big fan of overnight oats. Easy, healthy, and extremely adaptable.  My older son and husband now love almost any combination I make. These are a collection of some of my favorite overnight oat bowls I’ve made and loved. Sometimes I post recipes exclusively on Instagram, but these I wanted to share on my blog as well.

My overnight oat bowls are all made using my basic recipe below, it’s simple and can be done with almost any oat/”milk” combination. My go-to oats are Bob’s Red Mill extra thick whole grain oats and I typically use unsweetened almond milk making most of my overnight oats vegan-friendly. Soy, oat, and rice milk are also great non-dairy options. I have made overnight oats with regular milk so that’s an option as well if you prefer.

With my overnight oats, I really like a blank slate, thus the simple recipe.  I use toppings to add flavor, textures, and protein-rich combinations depending on what I’m in the mood for. There are however, no bad combinations, it’s all about personal preference. My older son is happy with a little peanut butter and strawberry jam swirled in, so sometimes simple works just as well.

In the basic recipe below I listed some of my go-to toppings, many of which were used in these “top 5 overnight oat bowls” of mine, but the list is by no means exhaustive, so go ahead, get creative and make your mornings even easier.

Blueberry-Coconut Overnight Oats (featured in the photo above)

  1. One recipe for my basic overnight oats is made with vanilla almond milk. The next morning mix in 1-2 tablespoons additional vanilla almond milk, 2 tablespoons fresh blueberry quick jam (or similar), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, and 2 teaspoons agave.
  2. Top with unsweetened flaked coconut + chai seeds.

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Blueberry-Banana Brown Sugar Overnight Oats

  1. One recipe for my basic overnight oats is made with unsweetened almond milk (I have also made this with oat milk and love as well). The next morning, swirl in 1-2 tablespoons additional almond milk, 1/2 banana, mashed, 1 1/2  teaspoons light brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  2. Top with fresh blueberries and more bananas, pecans + some golden flax seeds.

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Summer Berry Overnight Oats

  1. One recipe for my basic overnight oats is made with sweetened almond milk. The next morning, mix in 1-2 tablespoons additional almond milk. Stir in a scoop of your favorite protein powder, 1/4 cup mashed strawberries, 1/4 cup smashed blackberries, and 1/4 cup smashed blueberries.
  2. Top with sliced almonds, ground Bourbon vanilla beans, sliced almonds + a drizzle of agave.

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 Apricot-Almond Overnight Oats

  1. One recipe for my basic overnight oats is made with unsweetened almond milk. The next morning, swirl in 1-2 tablespoons of additional almond milk. Swirl in 2 tablespoons fresh apricot quick jam (or similar), a dash of almond extract, 1 tablespoons almond butter, 1/4 teaspoon ground Bourbon vanilla beans, 2 teaspoons good local honey.
  2. Top with some sliced almonds + a little bit of chai seeds.

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Smashed Cherry-Raspberry Overnight Oats

  1. One recipe for my basic overnight oats is made with unsweetened vanilla soy milk. The next morning add 2 tablespoons of soy milk. Swirl in 1/4 cup smashed raspberries and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  2. Top with 1/2 cup fresh cherries cut in half, 1 tablespoon raw pepitas, 1 teaspoon flax seeds + a generous drizzling of honey.overnight oats
About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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