No time to make breakfast in the morning before work? Then make it the night before! Overnight oats are quite possibly the easiest homemade breakfast option next to cereal, but give you a lot more nutrients and variety. I go to morning yoga twice a week at work and I prefer not to eat breakfast beforehand (fiber and morning downward dogs are not the best combination). Overnight oats are perfect for these mornings since I can easily take them with me to eat at my desk after yoga. If you resort to waiting in line at the McDonald’s drive-thru because the thought of making breakfast is too much to process in the morning, start your day on a healthier note and give these oats a try.
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
- 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- Banana slices
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl or Tupperware container and mix well.
- Add the milk and maple syrup and stir to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with banana slices when ready to serve.
What I love about these oats is you can make so many different flavor combinations. Try mixing it up with other ingredients like:
- Instead of Almonds: Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios, Peanuts
- Instead of Cranberries: Raisins, Blueberries, Raspberries, Banana, Strawberries
- Instead of Maple Syrup: Honey, Brown Sugar
- Instead of Almond Milk: Cashew Milk, Soy Milk, Whole Milk, Coconut Milk
- Instead of Flax Seeds: Chia Seeds (one of these two seeds needs to be used in this recipe, as they act as a binder to create a thicker texture)
- Other Additions: Shredded Coconut, Vanilla or Almond Extract, Nut Butters, Granola
What kind of oats do you make for yourself? What flavor combinations do you want to try? Leave a comment!