If you have never tried overnight oats, you are in for a real treat. My Healthy Overnight Oats with Yogurt uses shredded coconut as the sweetener which pairs nicely with the oatmeal.
I am probably one of the last people on earth to try overnight oats. And boy have I been missing out. I was just amazed at how rich and creamy they are. But then again, I love oatmeal. I love everything about it, especially the nutty taste. But oatmeal by itself can be somewhat bland. That is where the coconut comes in. I find that it provides just the right amount of sweetness without adding any additional sweetener. You’ll be amazed too.
This is the BEST healthy overnight oats, and here is why:
- By adding the coconut as the sweetener, you do not need to add additional sweetness.
- The light vanilla yogurt is a mild yogurt; Greek might be too tangy.
- This recipe can be adapted in many different ways with the changing seasons and holidays.
- Oatmeal has been proven to help reduce cholesterol if eaten on a regular basis. Watch your numbers drop.
To make this recipe, you will need:
- oatmeal – rolled (old fashioned); quick-cook oats might be too soft and steel-cut might be too firm
- coconut – shredded and sweetened
- milk – I like 2 percent, but whole or skim would work, as well as plant based such as almond milk
- salt – to bring out the flavors
- yogurt – light vanilla (Greek might be too tangy)
- blueberries – fresh is best
How to easily make this recipe:
A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.
- To a mason jar, layer the oats, pinch of salt, coconut, yogurt and milk.
- Mix well.
- Add the blueberries to the top.
- Screw on the lid.
- Refrigerate overnight (or at least 2-3 hours).
- In the morning, stir and enjoy. You may also want to microwave if you prefer hot oatmeal.
You are only limited by your imagination. The add-ins could include nuts, berries, chia seeds, honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, etc.
- Spring/Easter – Instead of blueberries, layer in shredded carrots, coconut and raisins.
- Summer/4th of July – Add some chopped strawberries or raspberries in with the blueberries and coconut for a red, white and blue theme.
- Fall/Halloween – Think smores–Instead of blueberries, add Nutella or chocolate chips, some mini marshmallows or marshmallow cream and some crushed graham crackers.
- Winter/Christmas – Instead of blueberries, add in some dried cranberries and green mint baking chips.
The three most important things about this recipe:
- The oats will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days without much difference in texture. After that, they will tend to get too soft.
- If you want the oats to take on the flavors of the fruits you are mixing in, go ahead and mix them into the oats before refrigeration.
- To leave out the sweetened coconut, you will probably want to add another sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, stevia, brown sugar, etc.
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Get the whole family out the door in a snap with this healthy, easy breakfast.
- 1/2 cup rolled (old fashioned) oats
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- pinch salt
- 6 ounces light vanilla yogurt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
To a 12 ounce mason jar, layer in the dry oatmeal, coconut, pinch of salt, yogurt and milk. Stir well with a spoon. Top with the blueberries.
Screw on the lid and store overnight in the refrigerator or at least 2-3 hours.
In the morning, stir and enjoy. If you prefer warm oatmeal, remove the lid and heat in the microwave for a minute or two.
If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments, and give it a star rating.–xoxo Renea
Who would have thought that a healthy grab-and-go breakfast could be made from oats. Why not make up several for the whole family to enjoy. You could grab one to take to work for break. And why not let the kids grab their own breakfast, getting the whole family out the door in a jiffy.
After you try my Healthy Overnight Oats with Yogurt, you will understand why I call it a BEST. If you are looking for another great grab-and-go breakfast, try my Ham and Eggs Pie for Breakfast. Want to know more about the different kinds of oats, the Whole Grains Council has a post titled Types of Oats that is very informative.
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