Meet my latest breakfast obsession. I cannot stop eating this and have been making it on repeat for weeks! I had even previously written off overnight oats because I found them to have a chalky texture and I just didn’t understand the hype, until this recipe. Are you wondering what overnight oats even are? Raw oats are mixed with banana, chia seeds, cinnamon and almond milk and the mixture soaks in the fridge overnight. Five minutes of prep work and you wake up to a delicious bowl of oatmeal that is instantly ready to eat! Now there are no excuses for not enjoying an amazing breakfast any day of the week.
This oatmeal is perfect topped with fresh fruit, almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup, but I had to go and make things just a little more complicated. Sorry, couldn’t resist! While you are prepping the oats before heading to bed at night, drizzle sliced strawberries with maple syrup and toss them in the oven for about 10 minutes. As they roast, they will release delicious strawberry juices and become even sweeter. Pop the roasted strawberries into the fridge and top your oatmeal with them in the morning. The day I took these photos, I even added some chopped plums for good measure.
I know it may sound weird to eat cold oatmeal, but I actually really like this dish cold. Sometimes I heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds, just so that it is lukewarm, but I enjoy it either way. Try it both ways and see what you like! I also recommend making this in a mason jar, so that if you run out of time in the morning you can always grab a spoon and take it to go. As fall is basically here (even though the weather says otherwise), I am already dreaming of topping this with roasted cinnamon apples or stirring in some pumpkin instead.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or regular almond milk with 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- maple syrup
- sliced almonds
- Combine oats, banana, chia seeds, almond milk and cinnamon in a small bowl or mason jar and cover and place in fridge overnight. If the mixture is too thick in the morning, add more almond milk and enjoy cold or heat it up in the microwave. Top with fresh fruit and almonds, or maple roasted strawberries.
- To make strawberries, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the strawberries and spread them on a baking sheet in one layer. Drizzle with maple syrup and bake for about 12-15 minutes. Enjoy right away or store in fridge and enjoy them cold on your oatmeal.
- The oatmeal stays good in the fridge for a few days, so you can make a larger batch and eat it over the course of a few mornings if you prefer.