Start Your New Year Off Right
Overnight oats have become the new, trendy breakfast option sweeping the internet. As you look for new ways to stay healthy this new year, overnight oats may be something to consider. But are they worth the hype?
Believe it or not, overnight oats are more than just a delicious (and Instagram-able) breakfast food. They’re easy to make and packed with fiber and nutrients that will help you start the day off right. All you need is oats, milk, toppings, and quality glass jars to start creating this tasty breakfast treat yourself.
What Are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats use the same rolled or steel-cut oats found in traditional oatmeal. However, the cooking process is completely unique.
Unlike traditional oatmeal, overnight oats aren’t heated over the stove or in the microwave. Instead of boiling, raw oats are soaked in milk in a sealed glass jar. This process usually takes at least five hours, hence the name “overnight oats.” Because of this, most will prepare the mixture at night and enjoy in the morning.
Soaking the oats overnight results in a smooth creamy texture, similar to typical boiled oats. You can either enjoy the oats just as they are, or add toppings such as nuts, fruit, or chocolate.
What are the Benefits of Overnight Oats?
Along with serving as a tasty breakfast, overnight oats have other benefits as well.
Increased Fiber Intake
Overnight oats contain soluble fiber, which can help to reduce blood pressure, improve circulation and digestion, and lower cholesterol levels. High fiber intake has also been shown to lower the risk of developing pancreatic and colon cancer. There are many ways to add additional fiber into your diet. Overnight oats are an easy way to start the day off right.
Overnight oats are easy to add into your meal planning. The recipe takes little time to prepare at night and is ready as you rush out the door in the morning. One batch can last up to five days in the fridge. A single batch of overnight oats prepared on Sunday night can last for an entire week of breakfasts.
Overnight oats are made with inexpensive ingredients, making them an easy and cost-effective breakfast choice. They’re hearty and filling which may help those looking to snack less throughout the day.
How do you make Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats can be very simple to make. Most overnight oats recipes recommend starting with equal ratios of oats to milk. Depending on if you prefer your oats to thicker or more liquid, you can adjust the ratio.
After combining the oats and milk in a glass jar, seal the jar and place it in the fridge. The oats will need to soak for at least five hours. Once the oats have properly soaked, add toppings and enjoy!
What are the best oats for overnight oats?
Overnight oats work best if using old-fashioned oats, not the quick cooking or instant variety. Only rolled oats will provide the expected consistency. Steel cut oats work as well but will have a different texture. Try out your favorite recipe using both rolled and steel-cut oats to find out which you prefer.
What milk do you use in overnight oats?
Any liquid, even water, will work in overnight oats, but milk is the most common choice. Milk provides that creamy texture that you expect from oatmeal.
Any type of milk will work, from full fat down to skim. You can even use a non-dairy milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
What toppings are best on overnight oats?
Common overnight oats ingredients include:
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Nuts or nut butters
- Spices (especially cinnamon or nutmeg)
- Chia seeds, flax seeds, or protein powder
- Extracts such as vanilla extract or almond extract
- Chocolate or Nutella
Many recipes for overnight oats in a jar include a sweetener, such as honey or agave. Some also like to add Greek yogurt to give the overnight oats recipe an extra tangy flavor.
Feeling overwhelmed by the topping possibilities? Try these classic combinations of flavors:
- Strawberry and Nutella
- Blueberry and Yogurt
- Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips
- Cinnamon and Apple
What are the best jars for overnight oats?
The best way to store overnight oats is in a glass jar. The glass jar you use should have a tight seal. This ensures that the overnight oats stay as fresh as possible as they soak and are stored.
Besides the tight seal, a glass jar will allow you to easily warm the overnight oats in the morning. The glass jar can be placed directly into the stove or microwave to be warmed.
What is the best overnight oats jar size?
If you’re looking for a glass jar for overnight oats, you have several options depending on the size you prefer. Most like to portion the overnight oats into individual servings. A glass jar that holds between nine and twelve ounces should be the perfect fit.
These 12-ounce glass jars are also a great slightly larger size of glass jar for overnight oats. This larger size will be helpful if you plan on adding a lot of toppings.
How long will overnight oats last?
A glass jar with a tight seal will allow your overnight oats to last in the fridge for about five days. This makes overnight oats perfect for weekly meal prepping. A large batch made on Sunday night can last the entire week.
If you add sweetener, such as honey or agave, or fruit, they will not last as long. Consider adding the sweetener or fruit to your overnight oats only once you are ready to enjoy them. This will help keep the overnight oat mixture fresh for as long as possible.
If this post has made you hungry, now you know the steps. So, step into the kitchen, make some overnight oats and be sure to share your deliciousness on Instagram…#jarstore…so that we can see all of your yummy breakfast creations.