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Overnight oats are a thing, and they have taken the Internet by storm with good reason.
They’re easy to make, they taste amazing, and they offer a quick, fiber-rich breakfast to enjoy at the breakfast table, on the couch, or on the go.
I finally caved a few months ago and decided to try my hand at overnight oats. I’m happy to report that I have had great success. Overnight oats are hard to mess up!
In this article, I’d like to share my overnight oats adventures with you along with a tasty and simple dairy- and gluten-free overnight oats recipe you can try at home yourself.
You’ll need just a few ingredients to make overnight oats.
First, you’ll need old-fashioned rolled oats. Do not use quick-cook, instant or steel-cut oats.
Of course you need those oats to be gluten free, so make sure you look for the gluten-free label, or, preferably, a certified gluten-free label. You can learn more about why you have to be extra careful about eating oats when you eat gluten free in this article.
Oats offer a wonderful source of soluble fiber and plenty of plant-based protein. And best of all, they offer a filling, vegan breakfast that can be enjoyed on the fly.
You’ll also need a milk or dairy-free milk in order to make overnight oats.
I limit my dairy consumption because it makes me feel better, and because it’s more sustainable for the planet. My choice dairy-free beverage is Silk® Almondmilk because it’s creamy and you can hardly taste a difference from regular milk.
And get this, Silk Almondmilk contains 50 percent more calcium than milk, quickly debunking the myth that cow’s milk is the best source of calcium.
On top of that, Silk is free from dairy, gluten, carrageenan, cholesterol, and artificial colors and flavors, and is Non-GMO Project verified.
I prefer to get unsweetened Silk Almondmilk so I can control how sweet my overnight oats turn out. I just happened to buy the vanilla flavored almondmilk and loved it in this recipe.
Finally, to make overnight oats of your own, you’ll need a few flavor additions. I like my oats slightly sweet, so I typically add in maple syrup, a dash of vanilla, and fresh (or dried) fruit. You can use any sweetener of choice – honey, sugar, brown sugar, or an alternative sweetener like monk fruit. The choice is yours.
In this particular recipe, you’ll see I used maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh strawberries that I picked up at Sprouts Farmers Market.
How to Make Simple Strawberry Overnight Oats
You will soon realize how ridiculously easy it is to make your own overnight oats, particularly with my simple strawberry overnight oats recipe.
First, you’ll combine your dry ingredients – oats, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon – in a bowl.
This recipe makes two servings, so I like to I mix all my ingredients in a large bowl and then portion it into individual jars or containers. You could, alternatively, add half of each portion into two jars directly and get the same result.
Next add the Silk Almondmilk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir it up well so the almondmilk is evenly distributed throughout.
Finally, add the diced fresh strawberries and continue to mix the oat mixture before portioning into two containers. I like to use mason jars but any container or bowl will work.
Cover each container and place in your fridge for at least six hours but preferably overnight to allow the oats to soak up all the liquid.
How It Works
The Silk Almondmilk will hydrate the oats and chia seeds, causing them to soften and expand. In the morning, you find a pudding-like, creamy breakfast awaiting you.
The oats become soft, but not mushy, creamy, and easily digestible so they’re gentle on your sensitive tummy.
Overnight nights are meant to be enjoyed cold, but you could also heat them up before eating if you desire. The choice is yours!
If you’re looking to save time, and love eating oats every morning, you can double this recipe to enjoy overnight oats all week long. They last – and taste great – for up to five days in the fridge.
Related Reading: 24 Amazing and Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes
Ready to Enjoy ‘Em?
When you wake up with breakfast on the brain, mosey on over to your fridge and pull out a jar of homemade dairy- and gluten-free overnight oats.
You can see the oats and chia seeds have soaked up the liquid and you’re left with beautiful, softened oats ready to be enjoyed and savored.
Before eating, add some fresh fruit topping (and other toppings of choice such as dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or anything you desire!). Enjoy!
Simple Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Combine gluten-free oats, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon in a large jar or small mixing bowl.
- Add the Silk Almondmilk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir together well.
- Add the sliced strawberries and stir mixture until well combined.
- Portion the oats mixture into two containers (you can use a glass, mug, bowl or mason jar).
- Cover the containers and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Before serving, stir the oats and top with additional fresh sliced strawberries, as desired.
- This recipe makes two servings – one for you and one for your partner. I made them together in a large bowl and then portioned it out into glass jars. You can make a single serving of the recipe inside a large jar for a less-dish overnight oats of your own.
- Double or triple the recipe if you want to meal prep your breakfast for the week. The oats store well in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- You could swap Silk Almondmilk for any dairy-free “milk” you like, or even cow’s milk.
- Serve overnight oats cold with additional fresh strawberries.
- Add more sweetener if you like your oats to be sweet. As written, the overnight oats are only lightly sweetened.