20 Ways to Up Your Overnight Oats Game

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Overnight Oats

I started out on the overnight oats train because I wanted granola. Don’t make sense? Let me explain. I was on Groupon when I saw a sale for 4 packs of rolled oats. Yup, rolled oats. Who buys rolled oats on a group-purchasing website? Me.

Anyway, so I had 4 packs of that stuff sitting in my store and week after week passed by. Still no granola! Turning on the oven felt like a chore for some weird reason. Then I started Googling about rolled oats and what I can make with it. Crumbles, crisps, more crumble….. and OVERNIGHT OATS!

It goes well with my desire to eat healthier and lessen carb intakes during the day. And also doesn’t require me to wake up extra early to prepare something fabulous. *That was my lazy head speaking… sorry for the interruption.*

So far I’ve had oats for over 20 days and have documented them on my Instagram page (follow me!). These oats start out the say way every night before I go to bed. 1/2 cup Rolled Oats + 1 cup Milk. Every single time. And then we change up the toppings. Here are 20 ways to glam up some oats!

1. Banana Slices, Passionfruit & Ground Cinnamon: the banana gives enough sweetness so no additional sugars needed while the passionfruit provides tartness to balance it all up

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2. Banana Slices, Black Sesame Powder, Dried Cranberries & Peanut Brittle: definitely a more indulgent version with the candy in it but the nutty black sesame powder gives this a slight savoury kick

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3. Mashed Banana, Dried Cranberries, Sliced Kiwi, Golden Raisins & Matcha Powder: my kiwi wasn’t fully ripe so the sourish fruit helped battle some of the creaminess while dried fruits added a nice textural contrast

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4. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Sliced Kiwi, Dried Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, Mint Chocolate Square & Manuka Honey: this is just loaded with decadent flavours and tasted more like dessert than brunch except that it had less sugar (minus the chocolate square) compared to a typical chocolate pudding

 

 

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5. Sliced Apple, Raisins & Ground Cinnamon: mimicking apple crumble without actually having to cook anything… it’s not the same but hey, everything’s raw and healthy!

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6. Segmented Grapefruit, Passionfruit & Ground Mixed Spice: packed with Vitamin C with a good dose of fresh tartness

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7. Mango Cubes & Sunflower Seeds: floral sweet mango is chock full of flavour needing only the sunflower seeds for crunch

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8. Segmented Orange, Prunes, Dried Cranberries & Black Sesame Powder: soft molasses-y sweet prunes pairs well with juicy citrus & nutty black sesame

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9. Cocoa Powder, Peanut Butter, Mixed Berry Jam & Mango Cubes: PB&J style oats enriched with cocoa and added sweetness from mangoes

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10. Vanilla Bean, Golden Kiwi Slices & Black Raisins: I called this Blanco and tried sticking to whiter & black ingredients; sweet kiwi matches up well with creamy vanilla & fruity raisins

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11. Dragon Fruit & Nutella: mild sweetness from the fruit with creaminess from Nutella & no other additional sweetener

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12. Corn, Ground Paprika & Salt: almost savoury but the sweetness of the corn really shines through

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13. Only Dragon Fruit: no commentary needed… besides, pretty colour!

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14. Sliced Apple & Dark Chocolate Granola Clusters: crunchy oats on soft soaked oats with fruit makes for a fabulous textural variety

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15. Watermelon Cubes, Sliced Kiwi & Dried Apricot: juicy sweet watermelon together with the sticky dried apricots made this really naturally sweet but not cloying

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16. Cocoa Powder, Watermelon Cubes, Dark Chocolate Granola Clusters & Mixed Berry Jam: the classic pairing of berries & chocolate makes this really dessert-like but freshened up with some watery sweet watermelon (which is a technically a berry, did you know?)

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17. Matcha Powder, Kiwi, Dried Cranberries & Dried Mulberries: bitter matcha opposite delicately sweet dried mulberries makes me want to turn this into a muffin

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18. Banana Slices, Dried Mulberries & Ground Cinnamon: this is a a take of another crumble dessert… of the banana variety

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19. Dragon Fruit, Prunes & Dried Mulberries: juicy pink dragon fruit with sticky prunes makes this reeeeeeally great for digestion.. like reeeeeeally

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20. Strawberries (giant ones from Australia!), Dried Mulberries & Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies: inspired by strawberry chocolate cake with some nice crunch & soft sweet sun-ripened berries

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There you have it! 20 ways to make your breakfast/brunch of overnight oats a bit more interesting. Some days I get a bit of a mental block and just toss one thing in while other days I try to get super creative. I mean, I’m going to have to eat that so let’s make it exciting for me, even if it’s oats. I like a combination of fresh + dried fruits plus an extra flavouring component like matcha, black sesame powder, cocoa etc where & when possible. Who doesn’t like dessert for breakfast?

Let me know how YOU glam up your own breakfast everyday!!

**PS: You will notice that I’m adding links to ingredients I’ve used within the post itself (of course from different sources than the one I used but they’re generally the same ingredients). This is an effort to help you find quality ingredients from the convenience of your home. I’ll try not to overkill by linking too many things in one post but consider this one an experiment and let me know if you’re okay with it. Appreciate your patience & support! 🙂

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Overnight Oats (Basic Recipe)
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Milk
  • Fresh Fruits (banana, apple, kiwi, watermelon, mango etc)
  • Dried Fruits (raisins, prunes, apricots, mulberries etc)
  • Flavourings (cocoa powder, matcha, black sesame powder, ground cinnamon etc)
  • Sweetener (honey - not necessary of fruits are already sweet)
Steps
  1. Mix rolled oats with milk in a container. Cover & store in the fridge overnight until ready to eat next day.
  2. Top with preferred items.
  3. Serve cold!

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