If you’re like most busy students, parents, and professionals these days, you find it hard to squeeze in a healthy breakfast before the demands of the day take over. The solution to that dilemma? Learn how to make overnight oatmeal!
Overnight oatmeal is a tasty and nutritious treat that’s ready when you are, regardless of how much time you have in the morning.
Once you’ve learned how to make overnight oatmeal, you can even take it with you for a hearty meal on the go!
In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project tell you how to make overnight oatmeal in 10 easy steps and give you our favorite foodie tips and flavor combinations to make it taste great.
We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply delicious and nutritious servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
What Is Overnight Oatmeal?
Overnight oatmeal is a quick and convenient alternative to cooking oatmeal on the stove or in the microwave.
Instead of boiling the oats in milk, water, or broth, you soak the oats overnight in the liquid of your choice. As the oats soak, they absorb the liquid and soften enough that you can eat them uncooked.
Overnight oatmeal only needs to soak in the refrigerator for two hours, but the long hours between when you make it at night and when you eat it in the morning make it all the better.
The final product is the consistency of porridge or hot cereal and is usually denser and creamier than hot oatmeal.
Plus, if you learn how to make overnight oatmeal as we suggest below, it’s super easy to grab and go as you rush out the door in the morning. Just don’t forget the spoon!
How To Make Overnight Oatmeal
- Milk, water, or broth
- Vanilla extract
- Toppings of your choice (we’ll suggest our favorites later on)
The main ingredient in all of this is, of course, oats. In particular, rolled oats rather than quick oats.
Rolled oats are a heartier type of oat, so they have a thicker consistency when they’ve absorbed all the liquid they can. Plus, they’re naturally gluten-free!
For the liquid, you can use whatever choice you find tastes best. Two-percent milk is a common option, but we also enjoy making it with almond milk, coconut milk, or even veggie or chicken broth.
Aside from the oats and liquid, everything else is optional and depends on your particular tastes. Experiment with different combinations to make your oatmeal taste good and you’ll be more likely to eat it in the morning.
- Add 1 cup of rolled oats to the container of your choice
- Add 1 cup of liquid
NOTE: Use a 1-to-1 ratio of oats to milk to customize the overnight oatmeal to your needs. For example, if you need less, add ½ cup of rolled oats to ½ cup of milk or water. Keep in mind that oatmeal will swell slightly as it absorbs liquid.
- Add ⅛ cup of seeds of your choice (we like hemp, chia, and flax)
- Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite yogurt
- Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (add more or less to taste)
- Mix oats and liquid (and any other ingredients) until you don’t see any clumps
- Seal or cover with a lid
- Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours
- In the morning, add your favorite toppings
Unsure about what flavor combinations work well with overnight oatmeal? Read on to find out.
Overnight Oatmeal Flavor Combinations
A Candy Bar For Breakfast
If you need a bit of a chocolate kick in the morning, try this delicious overnight oatmeal flavor combination that’s reminiscent of popular coconut candy bars.
For the Mounds option, top your overnight oatmeal with:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
- A drizzle of maple syrup
For the Almond Joy option, include crushed or chopped almonds with the three ingredients above.
A Childhood Favorite
Who doesn’t love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? With a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy that savory-sweet taste as part of your overnight oatmeal breakfast.
Simply layer the following ingredients on top of your oatmeal before heading out the door:
- Peanut butter (we also like almond butter)
- Strawberry jam or jelly
- Sliced fresh strawberries
- Diced peanuts (optional, though they do add a nice crunch)
A Taste Of Summer In The Morning
Apple pie is one of those foods that remind us all of summers gone by. But you don’t have to wait until August or September to experience this tasty treat.
Add the following ingredients to your overnight oatmeal and experience the taste of summer every morning.
- Diced apples (we like Honeycrisp for their crunch and sweetness)
- Chopped pecans
- Maple syrup
- Ground cinnamon
Ah, the memories!
Foodie Tips To Make Overnight Oatmeal Amazing
1) Learn How To Make Overnight Oatmeal In A Mason Jar
You can use any container to make your overnight oatmeal, but a mason jar with a lid is the perfect alternative to a standard cereal bowl or Tupperware container.
They come in regular-mouth or wide-mouth varieties and offer several sizes for your convenience.
If you’re a light breakfast eater, the 16-ounce (2 cup) jar might be perfect for you. If you need a bit more heft in your breakfast, try the 32-ounce (4 cup) or 64-ounce (8 cup) options.
And for those of you who want a healthy breakfast but don’t have time to spare in the morning, mason jars come with screw-top lids so you can pack your overnight oatmeal in your bag and head out.
2) Make A Week’s Worth Of Breakfasts All In One Go
Overnight oats stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to five days, so you can make a batch Sunday night and keep it on hand for breakfast Monday through Friday.
This is a great time-saver for even the busiest student, parent, or professional.
If you’re going to mix up a week’s worth of overnight oatmeal in one go, wait to add your fresh toppings (fruit, veggies, nuts, etc.) until the day you eat it so they don’t go bad and spoil the whole batch.
Amp Up Your Overnight Oatmeal With Hot Cereal
If you want even more nutrition and flavor in your overnight oatmeal, add hot cereal to the mix.
The Soulfull Project’s Hearty Grains And Seeds Multigrain Hot Cereal is perfect for amping up your overnight oatmeal and making it taste delicious!
The rolled oats act as the perfect base for your oatmeal, while the oat bran, red quinoa, flaxseed, and chia seed provide extra macronutrients (as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals) to get you off on the right foot in the morning and help you power through to lunch.
Simply substitute our Hearty Grains And Seeds Multigrain Hot Cereal for the rolled oats in the recipes above to experience just how delicious — and convenient — breakfast can be!
And for every serving of our eight delicious flavors that you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.
We hope that The Soulfull Project will help make it easy for all of us to have an impact on the health and happiness of our neighbors. That’s peace of mind and body you can’t find anywhere else.
For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.