The first time I tried overnight oats I wasn't blown away. I am used to hot, creamy oatmeal in the morning so I found the cold, gloppy mixture of these raw oats a little strange. The method of layering large flake oatmeal with various ingredients in a container (typically a mason jar) and letting it sit overnight in the fridge, has really taken off! I do love the convenience of having my oats ready to go first thing in the morning and when I had a super early train to catch, I decided to give Overnight Oats another shot.
The beauty of this technique is that there is no right or wrong way to make the oats. Start with a basic base of oats and a liquid (usually the recipes call for equal ratio, say, 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of milk) and then add in what you like. Frozen fruit is ideal because as it thaws overnight the juice flavours the cereal below but any fresh fruit is nice too. I've used blueberries, peaches, fresh apples, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, and cherries. You can add Greek yogurt, honey or maple syrup, nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax meal, coconut, and even chocolate powder or peanut butter. The combinations are endless and I'm having fun trying all sorts of flavours.
My latest favourite is blueberry-raspberry layered with shredded unsweetened coconut, bananas, yogurt and honey. In the morning I tip out the contents of my 500 ml mason jar into a bowl and top with Hemp seeds and chopped nuts. With all the add-ins the amount is usually too much for me so I easily divide the contents of the jar in two portions and have the other half for a snack later or the next day for breakfast.
I got most of my inspiration from the Quaker Oats website HERE and there are instructions for making the oats as well as many, many recipes. Of course I change them up and customize as I try new variations and I've since reduced the ratio of oats to milk (I use vanilla almond beverage) to 1/3 of a cup and that's the perfect amount for me. I would suggest giving Overnight Oats a try (or even a second try like I did if you weren't loving them the first go 'round). I eat them about once a week, and alternate between hot oatmeal (creamy old-fashioned one day, textured steel-cut the next) and regular cold cereal the other days. It's fun and tasty to experiment with tastes and textures and lovely to have breakfast waiting for me when I finish my cup of coffee.