Basic overnight oats are home cooks dream!
Healthy, easy, economical, and super versatile, a little night time prep and breakfast is ready in the morning – everyone can help themselves! We’ve added an easy Strawberry Rhubarb Compote recipe for a special treat!
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Easy strawberry rhubarb overnight oats with almond milk can be a great way to enjoy a dairy-free diet, but this recipe makes overnight oats with Greek yogurt for an extra shot of calcium and protein.
We guarantee you will love this simple recipe and it’s great for adding in your favorite fruits, seeds, and mix-ins! Overnight oats are also a perfect grab-and-go meal for school or work! We have a soft spot for our very own pumpkin overnight oats, too!
What Are Overnight Oats?
Only the easiest way to have a healthy, hearty breakfast on a busy morning when getting to school and work on time is a priority!
Basically, overnight oats are uncooked in milk and soaked overnight, so in the morning, all you have to do is EAT! You can also pop them in the microwave if you’d like to warm them up. They’re a great way to enjoy a super-fast, super energy-packed breakfast that’ll keep everyone energized until lunch!
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
They sure are! Just like regular oatmeal, overnight oats are packed with complex-B vitamins and a ton of fiber and because they are not cooked, they retain more of these amazing nutrients! Adding fruit ups the benefits too!
Best Oats for Overnight Oats
Rolled oats are the hands-down winner here.
After soaking all night, quick-cooking oats will be too mushy in the morning and steel-cut oats may not get soft enough.
Save the steel-cut oats for Chunky Monkey Oatmeal!
Overnight Oats Ideas
This recipe has an easy optional strawberry rhubarb compote topping, but we also like to switch up the add-ins like strawberry, banana, blueberry, and peach. Fresh or frozen both work perfectly!
Try coconut, chia seeds, peanut butter, even add a dash of cinnamon or chocolate syrup for a fun twist! Have you tried Banana Bread overnight oats? The possibilities are endless!
How to Make Overnight Oats
This is the easiest oatmeal recipe, ever! Just two simple steps for the perfect breakfast!
- Simply combine all the ingredients except for the fruit compote (or fruit), and place ¼ cup of the mixture on the bottom of four containers (mason jars make for a really attractive presentation!)
- Then add the fruit compote (or fruit), then divide the remaining overnight oats on top of the compote.
Put the lids on the containers or jars and chill overnight in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
I use my favorite jar lids, so no fussy rings and lids to tinker with. The mason jar caps are easy to find on Amazon or at Walmart (and they come in multiple sizes!). You can also make overnight oats in a plastic container, which is great for sending overnight oats with the kids for a snack or lunch.
How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
- Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Stir frequently to keep it from sticking to the bottom, simmer until the mixture is thickened, breaking up larger pieces with a wooden spoon.
Cool completely before layering into the overnight oats.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
If you like your oatmeal on the super creamy side, then let your overnight oats stay in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
I like to prepare plenty of jars of this breakfast meal and usually double the recipe. Leave the overnight oats in the fridge until you’re ready to eat, or pop in your bag for breakfast on the go. Overnight Oats are great for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack!
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote (Optional)*
- 1 ½ cups rhubarb chopped
- 1 ½ cups strawberries chopped
- ¼-½ cup maple syrup to taste
- ¼ cup water
- In a large bowl, mix together milk, oats, yogurt, vanilla, if using, and chia seeds.
- Add ¼ cup of yogurt mixture to the bottom of 4 jars or bowls. Divide fruit evenly between the 4 containers. Top with remaining yogurt mixture.
- Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
- Put all ingredients in a pot. Bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to bring fruit mixture to a simmer (medium low). Simmer approximately 10 minutes, breaking up fruit with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat when desired consistency. Cool completely.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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