These easy overnight oats with chia seeds are a quick, easy and healthy breakfast option.
Overnight oats are a healthy way to start your day, and if you are someone who is pushed for time in the morning, they are a great option as you can just grab them from the fridge and they are ready to eat.
These chia overnight oats are so easy to make and really delicious. I hope your family likes them as much as mine does.
Overnight oats ingredients
This overnight oats healthy recipe uses oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, yoghurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
There is a fair bit of flexibility when it comes to making basic overnight oats. You can use any oats you like and your own personal preference of milk and yoghurt.
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You can also add a variety of additional ingredients to make it your own recipe.
How to make overnight oats
The best thing about overnight oats is how easy they are to make. You simply add all the ingredients for your overnight oats in a jar (I like to use a mason jar like this one), give them a good stir and then pop them in the fridge overnight.
In the morning you have a ready-made breakfast you can just grab and go.
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Getting the right overnight oats ratio
For this overnight oats recipe, I use the ratio ½ cup oats + ½ cup milk + 1 tablespoon chia seeds. This works perfectly for the oats and chia to absorb all the liquid and give the right consistency.
I find the yoghurt adds creaminess and the maple syrup and vanilla are there for flavor and sweetness.
What milk to use in overnight oats
I like to make my overnight oats with coconut milk. However, this is totally up to your personal preference and any milk will do.
I have also made overnight oats with almond milk, which works really well and you could also use normal dairy milk, soy milk or any other milk you like.
What yoghurt to use in overnight oats
As with the milk, you can use any yoghurt in overnight oats, based on your personal preferences.
I like to make overnight oats with greek yoghurt. It's the yoghurt I always have in my fridge and it makes the overnight oats nice and creamy. I have also made these with coconut yoghurt, which is yummy too.
Can you make overnight oats with quick oats?
Yes you can! You can use any oats you can find - quick, rolled, steel cut... I prefer to use rolled oats. Quick oats will be a little softer, but should also be ready a little quicker.
Other overnight oats ideas
There are loads of things you can add to a basic overnight oats recipe. You can experiment and brainstorm to your heart's content when it comes to stir-ins. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Add a spoonful of peanut butter
- Stir in some grated apple
- Add some fruit puree or apple sauce
- Stir in some of your favorite nuts or seeds
- Add in some Cacao nibs
- Stir in some cinnamon or orange zest for flavoring
How to serve overnight oats
You can eat these overnight oats straight from the jar exactly as they are. Or choose to add your own toppings.
My favorite way is to eat overnights with berries. I like to add a fruit puree (I whizz up some strawberries and raspberries in the small mixer attachment of my stick blender) then top with blueberries and raspberries. Delicious!
Are overnight oats healthy?
They might taste creamy and sweet like a pudding, but overnight oats are a healthy way to start your day.
Oats are rich in a number of nutrients, such as fiber, carbohydrates, plant-based protein and B Vitamins.
You can read more about the benefits of eating oats here.
Chia seeds are full of nutrients too and are well known as a super food. They are a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron and calcium. They are also a good source of protein.
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- Add oats and chia seeds to jar.
- Pour in milk.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir together until well mixed.
- Store in fridge overnight until ready to eat.
You can substitute the coconut milk with any milk - almond, soy, dairy etc.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 11g