Gut-Friendly Overnight Oats

 

Want a healthy, quick and gut-loving breakfast that’s super-easy and tastes amazing? It’s overnight oats for the win. 

Overnight oats take 2 minutes to put together and perfect to make right before bedtime. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight in a jar. The next morning, take out of the fridge, add your favorite toppings, and voila! Breakfast is ready.

Overnight Oats start with a base recipe. We chose our two favorites – one with yogurt and a vegan version. Then, read on for 4 delectable topping recipes that take your Overnight Oats to the next level!

 

Why we love these ingredients

The ingredients for prepare oats include gut-friendly foods like oats, chia seeds and fruit. This combination is delicious, filling, and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  • Oats contain beta glucan, a proven immune booster. It also contains special antioxidants called Avenanthramides which promote the growth of good gut bacteria, reduce inflammation and support healthy cholesterol. 
  • Chia seeds may be small, but they’re incredibly rich in antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows they promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar balance.
  • Yogurt. A great source of probiotics! Mixed in combination with oats [a natural source of prebiotics] you have a great recipe for gut health. 

 

A few tips to get you started

  • Probiotic-rich yogurt gives your oats creamier consistency. But if you want to switch out the dairy, you can use a non-dairy option like coconut yogurt. 
  • Chia seeds add a pudding-like consistency. They also make the oats heartier and more filling.
  • If the oats are too thick or dense for your liking, simply add in additional milk, water or non-dairy milk until you reach the desired consistency. 
  • Sweet toppings work best for overnight oats. Some good options include berries, dark chocolate chunks, coconut shavings, and cinnamon [read on for some topping recipes].

 

Ready to begin? Here are 2 base recipes: one for overnight oats with yogurt, and a vegan versation.

 

OVERNIGHT OATS Base

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 tsp Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave
  • ½ Cup Milk

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar or another airtight container.
  2. Mix completely
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

 

VEGAN OVERNIGHT OATS Base

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Non-Dairy Yogurt [optional]
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 tsp Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave
  • ½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar or another airtight container.
  2. Mix completely
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Looking for some topping inspiration? Here are some of our favorite delicious topping combos to add to your Overnight Oats…

 

APPLE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS TOPPING

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Almonds/Pecans/Cashews/Walnuts

Directions:

  1. Chop the apple in small pieces. 
  2. Sauté in a saucepan with coconut oil and cinnamon over medium-high heat for 2 minutes
  3. Add water and cook until the water has evaporated, another 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Top your overnight oats with the apple mixture and nuts


CARAMELIZED BANANA & COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATS TOPPING

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes

Directions:

  1. Cut banana into slices 
  2. Sauté the banana with the coconut oil and cinnamon over medium-high heat for 2 minutes
  3. Add water and a pinch of salt and cook until the water has evaporated, another 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Top with coconut flakes


CHOCOLATE & ALMOND BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS TOPPING

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Almond Butter (any nut mutter will work)
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chunks
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Almonds/Pecans/Cashews

Directions:

  1. Once your oats have soaked overnight, or for at least 3 hours, top with the chocolate chunks, nut butter, and chopped nuts.


VERY BERRY OVERNIGHT OATS TOPPING

Ingredients:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Chopped Nuts

Directions:

  1. Once your oats have soaked overnight, or for at least 3 hours, top with your berried and nuts.

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