Overnight oats: healthy breakfast recipes that will keep you full until lunch

Heard of overnight oats but never tried making them? Boy, are you in for a treat! These will become your go-to brekkie, so here's how to make them...

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Interested in the whole overnight oats hoo har that's going around but not entirely sure what it's about? In a nutshell, overnight oats are rolled oats that have been soaked in your milk of choice – overnight and in the fridge – which in essence cooks them, deliciously so.

In our opinion, they're possibly the most underrated breakfast of all time. Why? They're so simple to prepare, they cost nada and they will keep you fuller for longer than any breakfast bar or slice of toast would do. As luck would have it, we've got a few overnight oat recipes below to jazz up your mornings – you should try them.

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Basic overnight oats

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Recipe

  • 1/2 cup part rolled oats (buy these sans gluten if you’re coeliac)
  • 1/2 cup part milk (all types of milk work)
  • 3/4 tbsp chia seeds (optional but we highly recommend)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup/honey/sweetener of choice

Method

  1. Find a jar that won't leak – this is important if you're taking your overnight oats to eat on-the-go. You could re-use an old jam jar or peanut butter jar, for instance.
  2. Measure your oats and pop them inside the jar.
  3. Add your milk.
  4. Add your toppings.
  5. Pop in the fridge overnight.
  6. Grab a spoon and enjoy! You can also heat them up if you like...

So, there you have it – your own overnight oats! Don't forget to jazz up your breakfast using the advice below. Overnight oats with apple and cinnamon are our faaaave. 

Overnight oats with peanut butter

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  • Extra jar ingredients: 1–2 tbsp crunchy (for texture) peanut butter
  • Extra toppings: sliced banana and blueberries/raspberries

Overnight oats with yoghurt

  • Extra jar ingredients: 1–2 tbsp yoghurt (plant-based yoghurt works exceptionally well, we love coconut)
  • Extra toppings: any type of fruit inc. dried

Overnight oats with apple and cinnamon 

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  • Extra jar ingredients: 1/2 cup grated apple + a sprinkling of cinnamon
  • Extra toppings: a little yoghurt + extra drizzle of honey and sprinkling of cinnamon

Blackberry and apple overnight oats

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  • Extra jar ingredients: frozen of fresh blackberries, apple sauce, chia seeds and maple syrup
  • Extra toppings: blackberries and apple slices

Raspberry and almond butter overnight oats

  • Extra jar ingredients: frozen of fresh raspberries, almond butter, chia seeds, maple syrup
  • Extra toppings: raspberries and flaked almonds

Blueberry and tropical overnight oats

  • Extra jar ingredients: frozen of fresh blueberries, tropical fruit and nut mix, pinch of ginger, pinch of cinnamon and maple syrup
  • Extra toppings: blueberries and tropical fruit and nut mix

Cherry Bakewell overnight oats

  • Extra jar ingredients: 1/2 tablespoon ground almonds (or swap your milk for almond milk) + a swirl of almond butter/2 drops almond essence
  • Extra toppings: 2–3 cherries, a sprinkle of toasted almond flakes

Carrot cake overnight oats

  • Extra jar ingredients: 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 heaped tbsp grated carrot + drop of vanilla essence + handful of raisins or sultanas
  • Extra toppings: chopped walnuts or pecans

Protein rich overnight oats

Not just for bodybuilders, these are sure to keep you going!

  • Extra jar ingredients: 1 – 2 tbsp vanilla or other flavoured protein powder of your choice + 1 tbsp chia seeds + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Extra toppings: peanut or almond butter and any berry that you'd like 

How to make overnight oats like Jamie Oliver and Jools

Below you'll discover exactly how Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools prepare overnight oats in advance so that they have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning. Remember, you can either opt to include the same toppings that they do, or consider switching in some others depending on your preferences – or what you have hanging around in the fridge.

You will need:

  • An apple
  • Dried fruit, 100 grams (Jools opts for dried blueberries, cherries and raisins)
  • Porridge oats, 200 grams
  • Flaxseeds, one tablespoon
  • Unsweetened almond milk, 500 millilitres
  • A large ripe banana
  • Natural yoghurt, four tablespoons
  • Mixed nuts or granola
  • Fresh fruit
  • A drizzle of honey

Method:

1. Jools Oliver says that this recipe should make around six pots of overnight oats, so you can double, or divide, the quantities as you see fit.

2. First of all, Jools grates the apple into a bowl, before adding the dried fruit, porridge oats, flaxseeds and milk. Combine thoroughly,  cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight to swell.

3. The next morning you can assemble the pots, adding the overnight mixture along with slices banana, a spoonful of natural yoghurt, chopped nuts and fresh berries on top.

4. Finally, Jools Oliver drizzles her overnight oats with a little honey for some added  sweetness.

Deliciously Ella's chocolate and hazelnut overnight oats 

When we spotted Deliciously Ella's chocolate and hazelnut overnight oat recipe, we were pretty excited to give it a go. Especially as, if you know anything about Ella, it's guaranteed to be healthy, yet delicious. 

Discover everything you'll need below and remember you can always double, or even divide, the quantities depending on how many portions you're looking to prepare.

  • Oats, 50 grams
  • Milk, 100 millilitres (Deliciously Ella uses almond milk, but you could choose any milk or plant-based alternative that suits your preferences)
  • Cacao powder, two teaspoons (you could swap in cocoa powder if you don't have cacao)
  • Maple syrup, one teaspoon
  • Almond butter, one tablespoon
  • Roasted hazelnuts, 20 grams

Method:

1. Begin by placing the hazelnuts in the oven for ten to fifteen minutes at around 180ºC or until golden brown in colour. When ready remove the hazelnuts from the oven and allow to cool completely

2. In the meantime, combine your oats, milk and cacao powder in a bowl. Then, add your maple syrup and almond butter to the mix and give a good mix to ensure the flavours are thoroughly combined.

3. Pour your oat mixture into a jar. Remember, each jar will count as an individual portion, so it's up to you to decide how much will be enough.

4. Top with roasted hazelnuts and place in the fridge overnight.

5. When it comes to serving your overnight oats, Deliciously Ella says you can eat them straight from the jar if you're on the go. Or, you could serve in a bowl topped with whatever takes your fancy – Ella suggests coconut yoghurt, almond butter and a little granola.

Overnight oats with summer fruits

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Ingredients:

  • Porridge oats, 100 grams
  • Coconut water, 350 millilitres
  • Ground cinnamon, one teaspoon
  • Frozen summer fruits, 350 grams
  • Chia seeds, five teaspoons
  • Greek yoghurt, 250 grams
  • Honey, 35 grams
  • Topical blends dried fruit, a sprinkle

Method:

1. Put the oats and the coconut water into a bowl, stir in 3 teaspoons of the chai seeds and the ground cinnamon and mix well. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

2. Mix the honey, the remaining chai seeds and the yogurt together in another bowl and refrigerate overnight.

3. Liquidise the frozen berries and put in the fridge.

4. The next morning, layer the oats, berry purée, and the yogurt. Top with the tropical mix dried fruit, drizzle with a little extra honey and serve.