I am sure overnight oatmeal has been around for a while, but earlier this year, I saw many Pins on Pinterest about it. Basically, it is like our childhood Quaker oatmeal, but a little healthier. I really love making and eating overnight oatmeal, because I know exactly what is in it. I have been trying to transition away from eating a lot of processed foods, and this has been a godsend.
Another thing that I like about overnight oatmeal, is that it can be customized to your preference that day. After some time, I was able to convince my parents to eat this oatmeal for breakfast instead of the packet oatmeal. Once they tried it, they wanted me to add other ingredients or more of one ingredient in their oatmeal.
The base to this breakfast dish is steel-cut oats or old-fashioned oats. Do not, I repeat, do not use quick oats for this recipe. If you use the latter, your oats will be beyond mushy in the morning (trust me). For my oatmeal, I like to include one shake of nutmeg (a little goes a long way), and two to three shakes of cinnamon. For texture, I chop up some almonds, then add vanilla flavored almond milk. It might seem redundant to use almonds and almond milk, but it works; the almond milk adds a little sweetness to the oatmeal. Once everything is in my mason jar, I put it into the fridge overnight…hence the name.
Overnight oatmeal is super easy to make, and even better to enjoy. Be creative and add your favorite ingredients. You can try adding protein like peanut butter or potassium like bananas, you can sweeten it up with brown sugar or add other nuts for texture. The combinations are endless! With few ingredients needed, this is truly an economical breakfast idea.
If you have made overnight oatmeal before, comment below with your favorite combination. As always, thanks for reading.