Oatmeal Part II: Overnight Oats from Emily

I am very pleased to introduce the second (and, sadly, the final) installment of my oatmeal series featuring Emily. Even though it’s the middle of October, it’s over 80 degrees in Davis! Since it still feels like summer up there, Emily loves making overnight oats so she can wake up to a refreshing and chilled breakfast. Check out her recipe below and find out how you can start off your day as cool as a cucumber.


Hello again! I am here with more delicious breakfast ideas involving, you guessed it, oats. Even though oatmeal is my all time favorite breakfast, sometimes a hot breakfast just doesn’t sound good. Instead, I like to enjoy overnight oats—hot oatmeal’s best friend. Overnight oats are a delicious alternative to classic hot oatmeal that will still get me out of bed in the morning.

My favorite part about overnight oats is that they are even easier to prepare than hot oats because no cooking is required! Just a few minutes of preparation the night before and your breakfast is ready for tasty toppings straight from the fridge. That not only saves 5-10 minutes of cooking time, but it also prevents a dirty pot. Now that is my kind of meal! My favorite topping is fresh berries, but you can even stir in some frozen ones while prepping the night before.

The wonderful surprise about overnight oats is their fantastic texture that is so unique and different from hot oats. The raw oats soak in milk overnight and plump up after absorbing the liquid, which makes for a chewier and heartier texture. I like to stir in a bit of cinnamon so I still get some comforting warmth in each scrumptious bite without the heat of a warm bowl of cereal. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy a new way start your day!

overnight oats

 Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • about 1/2 cup milk of choice (experiment with amount until you find desired consistency)
  • sprinkle (or 2) of cinnamon
  • 2-4 tablespoons frozen berries (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (optional)

Pour oats into a bowl. Add milk, cinnamon, and frozen berries if desired. Stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (or save a glass jar and use the top–more environmentally friendly!). The next morning, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


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