Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy weekdays! If you’ve been looking for a way to switch up breakfast while still making sure your little ones will actually eat it, keep reading! Overnight oats might be just the idea you’re looking for.

What are Overnight Oats?

Before we share our favorite overnight oats recipes, let’s take a look at what they are. More specifically, you might be wondering how they are different from traditional oatmeal. Unlike traditional oatmeal, you don’t have to boil oats if you’re making overnight oats. Instead, you soak them in milk (or a dairy alternative) overnight, and the oats absorb the liquid, making them soft. 

Since you don’t have to cook oats when you prepare them this way, this method is perfect for little ones who want to help. Get them involved in picking out a recipe, prepping the oats, and then enjoying them for breakfast!

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

Technically, all you need for overnight oats is milk and oats. (You could even use water in a pinch; the result will just be less creamy.) Many recipes will add Greek yogurt for more protein and creamier consistency, but that’s up to you. Additionally, you can sweeten your oats with honey, maple syrup, sugar, or keep them plain. 

Once your oats have set overnight, add any assortment of toppings. The flavor combinations are really endless. If everyone in your family has a different preference, you can make a big batch of plain oats, and then let everyone choose their own toppings. Or, you can pick one of the yummy recipes below!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Chocolate Overnight Oats
Fruit on the Bottom Overnight Oats
Vanilla Overnight Oats
French Toast Overnight Oats

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