Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats- A simple healthy and delicious recipe that takes only minutes to prepare. The perfect make-ahead breakfast!
Overnights Oats are my new obsession! It takes only minutes to prepare, is ready the second I wake up, it’s filling, healthy and so very tasty! I have seriously had this everyday for breakfast the past three weeks except for the day we didn’t have oats and it was a sad day. Everyday after dinner I make a double batch of this for my husband and I and then it’s ready to go in the morning! I make this for my kids sometimes too but they prefer it with quick oats fyi. They like that texture better.
I tried overnight oats a few months ago but was not impressed. I decided to try it again and I am SO GLAD! This recipe is simple and I love that.
You most likely have all the ingredients already too. I know pure maple syrup is gaining in popularity lately but in case you aren’t familiar with it I wanted to include a picture. Maple Syrup is not the same thing as that nasty pancake syrup you probably had growing up. (I never liked that stuff plus it’s filled with unhealthy ingredients.) Pure maple syrup is what you want for this recipe.I buy mine at Sprouts or WinCo.
Now that this is my go-to breakfast I have been buying oats in bulk. I wait for it to go on sale at either Sprouts or WinCo then stock up.
Here’s a few reasons oats are so good for you:
-Full of nutrients and fiber
-May help lower blood sugar and cholesterol
-Rich in antioxidants
-And so much more!
The ingredients in these overnight oats are simple. Old Fashioned Oats, Milk, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup. Put them all together and wait a few hours and just like that you have the most amazing oatmeal of your life. (At least in my opinion.) This is far better than any oatmeal I have ever had and a lot healthier than most store bought oatmeal. You can even add chopped fruit or yogurt. My favorite fruit mix-in so far has been strawberries. I know a lot of overnight oat recipes call for Greek Yogurt but I personally prefer the texture without it but feel free to add it if you want.
A few notes about this recipe- You can adjust the cinnamon, brown sugar and maple syrup amounts as you please. Over the last couple of weeks I have tried about every possible amount of the ingredients and what I have listed below if my favorite amount. I love using dark brown sugar because of the flavor but you can use light brown sugar if you prefer.
To make it gluten-free just make sure your oats are gluten free certified. For dairy-free oatmeal you can use a different milk than dairy like almond or soy. I noticed most overnight oat recipes call for almond but I personally prefer regular cow’s milk.
I really hope you try this recipe! Let me know what you think. I have been telling all my family and friends about this oatmeal recipe because it seriously is life-changing! My mornings are so busy with four kids so it’s so nice to have breakfast 100% ready for me to grab in the morning. And if I have any leftover I love having the rest for an afternoon snack.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy...)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- (optional: ½ Tablespoon chia seeds)
- In a mason jar or container add all ingredients and stir together. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. (Can keep in fridge for up to about 3 days.)
Add a little more milk if you prefer. (I usually add about 2 more tablespoons of milk.)
Add chopped fruit or Greek yogurt if desired. (I prefer to do this before eating but the night before works too.)
I love to eat it cold but if you want you can warm it up.
Most kids seem to prefer this with quick-oats instead of old fashioned.
Adapted from Gluten Free with L.B.