The overnight oats trend might have started a while ago, but there are many reasons it never ended. Overnight oats not only require minimal time and effort to make, but they are also perfectly portable, hearty, nutritious, and most importantly, delicious!
Long story short: they’re the perfect breakfast for anyone, especially college students.
The best overnight oats have a balance of flavors and textures. The formula consists of three main parts:
- The oatmeal base
- Fresh fruit
- The “crunch factor” topping
You can add any other spices, extracts, or fancy superfood powders you like for an extra flavor or nutrient boost.
So we’ve established that overnight oats are practical and delicious. But food is also about mood. You’ve gotta eat in line with how you’re feeling, right? The following 8 overnight oats combinations will work for just about any mood.
Overnight Oats: The Basics
All overnight oats creations start the same.
For the oatmeal base for one person, use:
- around ½ cup of whole rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- ½ cup of liquid (juice or milk of choice)
- 3 tablespoons of Greek (or any thick non-dairy) yogurt.
Mix these all together the night before in a bowl, jar, or cup and leave them in the fridge overnight. In the morning, grab the oats, top with your choice of 3 ingredients and head out the door – or sit and eat leisurely if you’re lucky enough to have the time.
For the toppings, there is no one perfect ratio, so add as much or little as you like. Have fun with it!
Overnight Oats: Toppings for Every Mood
Strawberries, banana, crunchy peanut butter
Vibrant, sweet strawberries, creamy banana, and oh-so-dreamy peanut butter– this combo is like grown-up PB&J. The healthy fats in peanut butter, the brightness of strawberries, and richness of banana make a combination that just can’t be beat. You can’t eat this without smiling a bit wider, and feeling like a kid again!
Blueberries, walnuts, raw honey
Blueberries are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Combine them with healthy fats and even more antioxidants from walnuts (which even look like little brains), and you have a serious power couple. Top with a drizzle of mineral-rich raw honey for a sweet breakfast that will boost your brainpower!
Orange zest, mango, coconut chips
Orange zest packs a punch of Vitamin C and bright flavor to keep you bouncy. The crunch and fats in coconut keep your mind buzzing and the mango adds color and most definitely the tropical, energizing flavor!
Raw cacao powder, banana, cinnamon
Bananas boast high levels of vitamin B6, which is necessary for the creation of serotonin, the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Cacao helps improve mood, creates energy, and combats fatigue. Add a dash of cinnamon for some a warm, comforting vibe and some metabolism-boosting spice.
Kiwi, strawberries, shredded coconut
Kiwi’s high level of potassium keeps electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium, which ultimately helps manage blood pressure. Sweet, juicy strawberries are a natural partner to sweet-tart kiwi. The shredded coconut adds a subtly crunch and undertones of tropical sweetness. And really, how can you be angry when you feel like you’re on a tropical island?
Just be sure not to use dairy yogurt or milk in this combo: kiwi does not react well with milk and it will turn bitter!
Pomegranate, pistachios, shaved dark chocolate
Research shows that dark chocolate can reduce stress hormones and that the antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. Aren’t we chocoholics lucky? Combine that with heart-health benefits of pistachios and antioxidants in pomegranate and you have overnight oats fit for a (stressed out) king!
Espresso powder, maple syrup, chopped hazelnuts
Let’s keep this short and sweet shall we? Tired = need caffeine fix = turn to coffee = spike your overnight oats with espresso powder. The maple syrup and chopped hazelnuts just add some much-needed sugar, protein, and healthy fats.
Sliced apple, chopped dates, toasted pecans
Apples, toasted pecans, and chewy dates are a combo reminiscent of cozy autumn days when your mind and body were mellow and relaxed. Even if you can’t live the chilled-out life all the time, you can at least pretend with breakfast.
Hope you enjoy!
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