The Overnight Oats Experiment

I know, I know, I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but boy is it a party I am glad I found!

A few months ago I stumbled upon the health benefits of overnight oats.  Having these for breakfast means that your body absorbs more nutrients, you are full longer (which is helpful for busy meeting-filled days at work), and you have a happy and healthy heart.

I soon began seeing blog posts with stunning oatmeal art which showcased the versatility of what seems to be such a simple food.  I’m always looking for fast and healthy breakfasts so I decided to give it a try.  I was initially led to this article which claims that steel cut oats don’t digest as well when consumed raw, and they suggested using rolled oats.  My pantry, however, had steel cut oats, because I prefer them in cooked oatmeal.  The Kitchn confirmed this choice noting that they enjoy overnight oats with steel cut as long as you don’t mind a chewy texture. Sadly, however, I didn’t love the final texture.

After moping around thinking that this new fad may not be for me, one day Ashley from the Honey and Cardamom Blog suggested I try making her apple cinnamon overnight oats and notes in her post that “every person I’ve fed them to has gone home with the recipe and informed me they’ve been making them religiously ever since.”  How could I pass this up.

Well, she was right. I have joined the revolution!  Below is Ashley’s yummy recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Steps and Notes:

  1. Find an airtight container (I used a small tupperware)
  2. Add all ingredients and mix well
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight
    • She notes that 4 hours minimum would be sufficient

Thoughts For Next Time:

  • Fresh fruit: apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • Banana puree
  • Nuts such as chopped almonds or walnuts
  • Brown sugar
  • Top with honey

21 comments

  1. So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the shout out 🙂

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    1. Thank YOU for such a lovely new addition to my mornings.

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    2. Of course! Also – quick question. Do you eat these warm or cold?

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      1. I eat them cold, straight from the fridge. How about you?

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      2. That’s exactly what I did as well. I did read somewhere that they can be consumed ‘hot or cold’ so I may try that next week. Thanks again for the recipe. I’ve now made them for breakfast every day this week!

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      3. Oh that makes me so happy!!!

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  2. Thanks for the shoutout! That really made my day 🙂 Your oats look super tasty and I love the idea of adding chopped almonds with honey on top.

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    1. Of course! I always love seeing your beautiful bowls. Hope all is well.

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      1. Thanks! I hope your week is wonderful.

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  3. Lovely Deb. I too, experiment with overnight oats. I am never consistent though (lol) Excited to try your recipe 🙂

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    1. Well, this was only my first time but it was quite tasty! Do you have other recipes that you’ve had success with?

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  4. Are these eaten cold? I tried an overnight oatmeal in a crockpot and they were too mushy.

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    1. I did eat them cold, but honestly I hadn’t thought about heating them up. I bet that would have been good. I’ll go to the expert and get back to you.

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    2. Ok, after some research I’ve learned that you can indeed eat them hot or cold. I went with cold, right out of the fridge, but warm sounds good as well! Hope this helps.

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      1. Thanks. I like oats but I’m not sure I’d like them cold.

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  5. You’ve given me the nudge I need to start soaking my oats overnight – I just bought spelt rolled oats so will give this a go!

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    1. Excellent! I hope you enjoy them. Let me know if you find any good tricks or ideas.

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  6. I also tried for the first time very recently (2 weeks ago!) following Jamie Oliver recipe (http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/diy-oaty-fruity-cereal/#HggALfJTDevXjlGE.97) and love it too!

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    1. I’ve made them almost every week for breakfast since first trying them. So easy, filling, and tasty. Looking forward to trying these.

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  7. […] some make ahead breakfasts that I can prep and bring with me to school each day such as overnight oats variations and breakfast egg muffins.  Any favorites? Send them my […]

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