Overnight oats is the perfect breakfast if you want a wholesome, homemade meal but you don't want to add anything extra to your morning routine. Rolled oats, milk and a few other tasty ingredients are combined in a container and left to chill overnight in the refrigerator. The oats become soft and creamy by morning, just like slow-cooked oatmeal. Chia seeds, popular for their omega-3s and other health benefits, become pleasantly soft as well and add a light nutty flavor.
A little maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla make this breakfast dish just sweet enough. I added dried cherries, toasted almonds and banana to mine for some extra natural sweetness and lots of texture. Swap these out for your own favorite toppings, like fresh apple slices and walnuts or fresh berries, coconut and macadamia nuts. Serve with fresh juice or a nice cup of cold brew.
- 1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup milk or non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup toasted almonds
- 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
Combine the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, dried cherries, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large jar or medium container with a lid. Stir well.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, serve in two bowls and top each with the almonds and banana.
Note: Overnight oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days.