Vegan and Gluten-Free. Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast for people who don’t have time to cook in the morning. It takes 5 minutes to prepare these oats before bed, and you will have a ready-to-eat meal by sunrise. This oatmeal is delicious, flavorful, and ready to be enjoyed hot or cold.
I believe it is important to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast, so I have added some wholesome ingredients to this recipe:
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.
Flax Seeds: Flax seeds could help improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, balance hormones, and promote weight loss.
Cacao Powder: May lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots, and raise the level of serotonin in the brain to boost overall happiness.
I personally prefer steel cut oats, but feel free to use old fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats. I use the Steel Cut Quick-Cooking Oats. I recently discovered them in the grocery store and went crazy over them! I hate how long steel cut oats take to cook in the morning time, so finding the quick-cooking version was awesome to me.
The overnight steel cut oats do have a little bit of chewy texture to them, but I LOVE IT! It is kind of like eating a chewy chai granola…..well, sort of. Not really. I have not tried it with old fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats, but I can only imagine that it is a lot less chewy.
I am a big fan of chai, so being able to curl up on the couch and enjoy a warm bowl of chai spiced oatmeal is relaxing to me. Although, I usually grab-n-go, and it taste just as delightful eaten cold. My favorite toppings are sliced almonds, blueberries, and banana.
If you do have time to cook in the morning time, you can also use this exact same recipe for cooking on the stove.
This oatmeal will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. So I usually have breakfast made for the next few days after I make this, which is always a plus. 🙂
- 1 and 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 2 or 3 tablespoons of organic pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl (except toppings) then stir to mix well. Place into jars with lids, or cover with plastic/foil.
- In the morning top with your favorite fruits or nuts. Enjoy cold or hot. (Add a little water or milk if warming up oatmeal so that it doesn't dry out.)