Yes, I am the kind of wife who makes breakfast for my husband so that he can grab it and scarf it down quickly in the morning before work. No, it’s not complicated and yes, it’s very quick to put together. In fact, these overnight oats take five minutes and only a handful of ingredients. It’s just too darn easy not to do and I know he enjoys it. If it was complicated, forget it, he’d be on his own. Yes, I’m that kind of wife, too.
Recently, I started making a variation of this quick breakfast for myself, too. The great thing about these overnight oats is that not only do they come together in a snap, but they are entirely customizable. For myself, I use almond or flax milk and non-dairy yogurt instead of the regular cow’s milk and low fat dairy yogurt. And, I use literally whatever fruit I have on hand to mix in. Sometimes it’s strawberries and blueberries, other times it’s mango or banana, and sometimes, if I am completely out of fresh fruit (I’ll admit, I avoid making trips to the grocery store if I can avoid it!), I use homemade applesauce. For those of you who don’t live in a nut-free home like we do, a scoop of nut butter would go perfectly in here as well.
I typically make a couple of jars of these at a time. Each jar makes one really large serving. My husband typically eats half a jar each morning and grabs a hard boiled egg or two as well. Perfect, easy, quick, and clean breakfast!
To keep this gluten-free, I use gluten-free oats, but regular old fashioned oats would work just as well. I also add in a small scoop of chia seeds. These have all kinds of health benefits and have the added benefit of keeping you full longer. They don’t have a taste, but do add some additional texture to the oats. Feel free to leave ’em out or substitute for flax seeds.Print
My Husband’s Overnight Oats
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes + overnight
- Yield: 1-16 ounce serving
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: No bake
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup low fat or nonfat yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped fruit (such as berries, bananas, mangoes) or applesauce
- Prepare oats: In a 16 ounce mason jar or small bowl, add all ingredients and stir well. Place tight-fitting lid onto jar or bowl and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, dig in!
- This recipe is entirely customizable – replace ingredients with alternatives in equal proportions. Try it with dairy-free milk such as almond, coconut, cashew, oat or flax milk. Use Greek, regular or dairy-free yogurt. Add a dollop of nut butter
- Nutrition information is for low fat regular yogurt, whole milk, and berries
Keywords: overnight oats, gluten free, nut free, breakfast, paleo-friendly, easy recipes