Oatmeal has been a health food since our grandparents were kids. But did you know that overnight oats may be even healthier than the cooked version? Both types of oats contain resistant starch, which increase good bacteria in the gut and can protect against a host of diseases like diabetes and colon cancer. Resistant starch is also a great source of short-chain fatty acids, helping to control hunger and naturally manage weight. When oats are cooked, some of the resistant starch is lost. Why not save yourself the cooking time and give these a try instead!
Depending on how fresh your fruit is, these generally last a few days in the fridge. If you’d like these to last longer, mix just the oats, chia seeds, vanilla, and nuts and let them sit overnight. Then add fresh fruit in the morning. You can customize the ingredients to suit your personal preference; the recipe below is an all-time favorite.
An all-time favorite recipe for overnight oatmeal. Feel free to customize with the fruit you have on hand! Sure to please.
If you’d like to make your overnight oats a few days before you plan to enjoy, don’t include any fruit in them. And make sure the containers have very tight fitting lids. When you are ready to eat, put oatmeal into a bowl and add fruit on top. Feel free to swap in different combinations to find one that you love!
Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a Mom of 3 little people, a Mediterranean Diet enthusiast, and a business expert. Any day of the week, you will find me in the kitchen cooking up festive new recipes using Mediterranean Diet principles. I love breakfast for dinner, long days at the beach, the perfect glass of wine, and spontaneous adventures. Originally from Atlanta, I now fondly call Virginia my home.