There are two types of people in this world: morning people, and the rest of us. But even if you’re one of the lucky few who thrives at the crack of dawn, you might still find yourself in need of a few tips and tricks to make mornings less hectic, and even more enjoyable.
Enter: overnight oats. The make-ahead breakfast is a popular breakfast choice because it’s generally a super convenient, good-for-you meal that you can tweak to fit both your nutrient goals and your taste preferences. Overnight oats are transportable, so you can grab a pre-packed mason jar-ful on your way out the door, and they don’t require any heating or fuss. All you have to do is dump all your ingredients into a mason jar (or your favorite container), stir and shake, and then leave them in the fridge overnight.
Recently, the oat mavens Quaker have caught on to the craze, and are now selling five new overnight oats flavors in single-serve cups. While we’re huge proponents of companies offering convenient, healthy and plant-based options to customers (and might even pick up a serving or two for ourselves!), we also have enjoyed making our own overnight oats ourselves. They’re easy, delicious, and can range from simple to decadent.
If you’re feeling up to spending a few minutes in the kitchen, we highly recommend you give some of the following recipes from our Food Monster App a go: we think you’ll find your own culinary creations are too delicious and fun to give up!
These Overnight Oats With Raspberries and Tahini contain raspberries, which are very high in vitamin C, and tahini — a paste of sesame seeds — which is high in copper, to keep your blood and bones healthy. Tahini has a higher protein content than most nuts, keeping you satisfied for longer. The tahini and tangy raspberries provide an amazing contrast of flavors which pairs splendidly well with the sweet banana.
These raw Goji and Chia Seed Overnight Oats are perfect for health-minded people. They achieve an ultra-creamy consistency and are chock full of good-for-you ingredients such as ginger, goji berries, blueberries, almonds, chia seeds, and more. These will leave you feeling full and energized until lunchtime.
These Anti-Inflammatory Overnight Oats with chia seeds are packed with flavor and anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric! A generous heap of cinnamon and turmeric, plus an extra squeeze of lemon will keep you on top of your game no matter what the weather’s like. Make these oats in a mason jar and take it to go in the morning.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats are a great way to start your day. Part nutritious powerhouse, part decadent dessert — what could be better than that? Enjoy!
Sometimes you just need chocolate in the morning. This Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal is sweetened with dates and made rich through the addition of a tender, roasted sweet potato. As the oatmeal sits overnight, the texture thickens and the natural sugars of the dates saturate the entire jar leaving you with rich, chocolatey goodness for breakfast. It’s then topped with chocolate cookie crumbles and fresh strawberries in place of candy.
Are you excited to begin making your own overnight oats for breakfast? Or just looking for more amazing plant-based oatmeal recipes in general? Then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Anti-Inflammatory Overnight Oats