DIY

How to Make Overnight Oats

College is a time when breakfast is a luxury.  The precious time preparing, cooking, and eating breakfast is usually reserved for cramming midterm knowledge, writing more words for essays, or sleeping.

As a commuter student, I still faced that same dilemma.  Fortunately, I mastered the skill of eating while driving to compensation for the lack of time for breakfast.

A bowl of overnight oats is a great breakfast for everyone, even college students.  Unfortunately, I did not discover the recipe for overnight oats until after college.  Nevertheless, it is inexpensive to make, but you can always spruce it up with more expensive additives.  It requires no cooking and minimal preparation.  So even a child in elementary school can make it (of course, I still would recommend supervision).

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Gather your ingredients:

  • Oats (Old-fashioned, quick)
  • Milk (Soy milk, almond milk)
  • Cinnamon (Optional)
  • Vanilla extract (Optional)
  • Peanut butter (Optional)
  • Bananas (Optional)

This recipe list looks strikingly similar to the rice porridge one.  This recipe only requires two ingredients: oats and milk.  Everything else is additives.  However, I do recommend cinnamon and vanilla extract at the very least.  The peanut butter is there for some healthy protein, and the bananas are there for some sweetness.  Other recipes call for yogurt, but I never buy yogurt when grocery shopping.  I think my oats still turn out fine without it.  There are other sites that have awesome flavor combinations.

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It’s a bad habit, but I do not use any measuring utensils when cooking/preparing food.  Thank goodness I don’t bake.  Pour as much oats as you would like into a mason jar.  If you want to add peanut/almond butter, I would add it in this step.  If you did add some type of nut butter, I suggest covering it in more oats so it won’t stick to the side of the jar.

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Add a dash of vanilla extract and several dashes of cinnamon.  Top everything off with your choice of milk.  By the time I started making overnight oats, I stopped drinking dairy.  My only experience with overnight oats is with almond milk.  But I’m sure whatever milk you prefer is fine.  Make sure the oats are saturated with the milk.

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After you added everything you want, shake it up!  The point of the recipe is to saturate the oats with the milk.  So after shaking, take a spoon and scrape off all the oats hanging on the side of the jar.  Make sure the oats are saturated with the milk!

Store the jar in the refrigerator overnight.

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After a good night’s rest, pop open the jar, top your oats with fresh fruit, and enjoy.  Breakfast doesn’t need to break the bank or take time to make.  A bowl of overnight oats is a great way to start your day with a healthy breakfast.

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