I've been making overnight oats for years now (probably not surprising since I now own an oatmeal company), over that time I developed a few of my own tips and tricks for making easy and tasty overnight oats. I'm pleased to share them with you. If you have your own tips and tricks to share, leave them in the comments!
I have a couple of tricks to share around how to most efficiently prep your overnight oats in advance.
- Assembly line it. Every Sunday get out enough jars for your week and add the dry overnight oats mix to each jar. Then, each evening before you go to bed, or while you're making dinner or cleaning up after dinner, add the milk and shake. You can also add the milk to each jar so you can just grab them and go, no more prep needed.
- Mix up a big batch. If you're not in the habit of having to prep something each evening, you can mix a full package of 5 servings of Anchor Oats overnight oats all at once in a resealable container. It will last in the refrigerator for 5 days, then you can just portion out your daily serving throughout the week.
If you forgot to plan ahead the night before, don't worry, all is not lost, you can still enjoy overnight oats today (today oats?). Oats really only need to sit for a few hours before they can be enjoyed. There will be a little more texture to the oats and it may not be as thick, but you can add a little less milk and enjoy sooner.
While sweetened and flavored almond, soy, and other alternative milks sometimes get a bad rap for their sugar content, I do often use original almond milk when prepping my overnight oats. It adds a light sweetness without having to use another ingredient like honey. You can use more milk if you prefer thinner overnight oats or less milk if you prefer thicker oats.
My products purposely don't have added sweeteners. This allows you to be in control of how sweet you make your oats. As I mentioned, I do add sweetened almond milk to mine but you can also add honey, maple syrup, agave, pretty much any sweetener will work.
Make it Yours
Making overnight oats is really more of an art than science. That means feel free to play with the amount of milk, sweetener, or extra goodies you mix in.