Having a nutritious, filling breakfast in the morning can be a challenge for a busy person. There have certainly been a lot of mornings in my life when I had to wake up early for school or work, and ran out of the door with an empty stomach or a prepackaged, processed breakfast bar in my hand. Whether or not breakfast foods are your favorite it’s important to eat before you start your day. After fasting for several hours while sleeping having breakfast replenishes glucose to boost your energy and jump start your day. Eating breakfast has a slew of other health benefits like managing your cholesterol and controlling your weight, but simply put eating breakfast can keep you firing on all cylinders. However, to reap all the benefits of breaking your nighttime fast you should strive for the most balanced and nutritionally complete breakfast foods. I understand that this can be a struggle when you’re expected to wake up early and be at your job, school, or activity on time. Nobody wants to add on another half hour to an hour of meal preparation and eating to their already early morning routine. Before you reach for that prepackaged vegan muffin or toaster pastry take the time to ask yourself if you have ten minutes in the evening to prepare a breakfast that’s not only balanced but delicious. Ten minutes is all it takes to throw together some overnight oats!
Overnight oats are a great option for breakfast whether you’re busy, or not. Oats are very affordable, and you can buy them in bulk so you always have them on hand. You can eat them cold, or pop them in the microwave for a minute. They can be made in a to go container like a ball jar, so if you’re having a really busy morning you can throw them in your lunch bag and eat them on the go. I recommend trying to squeeze in a few minutes in the morning to mindfully eat your breakfast, but I realize that for some that’s not a possibility. Having a better to go breakfast makes it possible to have a nutritious meal without interrupting your schedule. The versatility doesn’t stop there. You can make oats with any flavor combination you want.
The original recipe is super easy, and is a 1:1 ratio of oats to plant-based milk. We’ve provided a few of our favorite flavor combinations, and the measurements we used to perfect them for you in this post. Once you know the basics you can build off of that and make your oats however you want. You can add any fruit, granola, nut butter, chia seeds, chocolate, vegan yogurt, and more! If you come up with an original flavor combination that the world must know about feel free to share it in the comments below.
Vegan Overnight Oats
To make two servings in the same container just double the recipe.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup oat milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or other natural sweetener
- Measure out a half cup of dry, rolled oats, and place them in a reusable container. I like to use ball jars with reusable lids to make my oats, because they’re really easy to take with on the go.
- Add 1/2 cup of your preferred non-dairy milk. We use oat milk for ours.
- Add 1 tbsp maple syrup, and stir all ingredients thoroughly.
- If you wish to add additional flavorings like cinnamon, or nut butter do so at this time.
- Refrigerate over night, or until the milk is completely absorbed (about 8 hours).
- Add any additional fruit or toppings when you are ready to serve the oats. I’ve found that adding them prior to refrigeration can make them absorb too much of the milk causing them to become soggy.
- Serve cold, or microwave for about a minute to serve warm.
Two of my favorite overnight oat flavor combinations are apple cinnamon, and nut butter with banana. To create the apple cinnamon flavor combo add a teaspoon of cinnamon into your oats before refrigerating them. Chop up some apple to mix in, and top with after your oats are otherwise ready to eat. If you’d like you can dust a little bit of cinnamon, and brown sugar on top as garnish.
To create the nut butter banana flavor add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter, and stir it into the oats before refrigerating them. We used almond butter, but you can use whatever you prefer. Once the milk is absorbed, and they’re ready to eat you can top them with bananas. Vegan chocolate chips are a great optional topping for this flavor combo.