Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Overnight Oatmeal

Unlike every other Southerner I know or ever have/will have known, I don't like grits. I've tried them a hundred different ways, from slathered in butter, to filled with melted cheese. They're just not my thing, man. 

In true boring form, I prefer oatmeal to grits, which isn't such a bad thing. Oatmeal is probably a lot healthier than grits, and there are endless possibilities to what you can add to a bowl of humble oats. That being said, I don't do the instant oatmeal packets; I prefer the plain "old-fashioned" oats that have to be cooked...

Except for the fact that I don't like HOT oatmeal (yes, I know, I'm weird). So, lately I've been making overnight oats - I prep everything right before bed, which takes all of 5 minutes, and, in the morning, I've got a nice healthy breakfast ready to eat! The rolled oats, which come in a great big can, are WAY cheaper than the little instant packets, and yogurt & milk are practically negligible, since I ALWAYS have both on hand.

I like to add in ingredients like frozen fruit, or even sliced banana. I've even been known to toss in a few chocolate chips for a nice treat, too! For a little extra protein, stir in a little bit of honey or peanut butter (or almond/cashew/etc butter) as well! 

Overnight Oatmeal
adapted from Kath Eats Real Food

1/3 cup rolled oats (the "old-fashioned" kind, not the quick/instant or steel-cut kind) 
1/3 cup plain yogurt (you can also use flavored/"blended" yogurt as well!) 
1/3 cup milk

Combine the rolled oats, yogurt, milk and any desired add-ins (here I've used frozen blueberries).

Basically, you want a 1:1:1 ratio of oats, yogurt and milk. I find that 1 cup TOTAL is the perfect serving size for me. Feel free to adjust this to what you like, though! 

Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning! 

If you want to add any crunchy toppings such as nuts or granola, add them in the morning to prevent them from getting soggy.


  1. Great idea! I've done something similar with a fancy pants porridge mix, but never thought to try it with something as simple as oatmeal (I love oatmeal way more than porridge, anyway).

    1. Thanks! It's super easy and you can add so many different mix-ins - this is my new go-to breakfast!