To be honest, we were a little hesitant the first time we decided to make a bowl full of overnight oats. Weird texture and blandness were on the top of our worry list. We were actually hesitant enough that we decided to add an extra tablespoon of maple syrup plus two or five extra drops just in case. The first bowl was good but somehow seemed a little heavy on the sweet side. Hmm.
We decided to give the oats another chance but backed the next bowl down to exactly one tablespoon of maple syrup with no extra drops or overflow of the sweet stuff. It was actually surprisingly much much better with less of the syrup. My husband even demanded I make a bowl for him every night for the rest of our lives. Eek.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we tested out different toppings like sliced bananas, berries, yogurt, peanut butter, granola, etc. Then we became really super hero kind of brave and discovered the ultimate secret ingredient to perfect overnight oats. This weapon is so flavorful we now eat our overnight oats on a daily basis with zero added sweeteners. That secret has a name. And that secret’s name is cinnamon. The secret is out. C-i-n-n-amon.
I know I know. The secret is great and all but what you really want to know is exactly how we made the specific bowl of over night oats in these pics? Are you drooling yet? Well about a week or two ago, we promised you an upcoming recipe for sugar-free jelly. We kind of lied. That jelly recipe is actually so simple we felt kind of lame posting it by itself so we topped it on our overnight oats at brunch the next day and we can not stop eating this stuff.
So the sugar-free jelly recipe is posted for below too. And if you don’t want to make the jelly then fine. More for us. You can top your oats with other things like bananas, peanut butter, berries, yogurt, granola and etc. Heck, you can even eat it plain as jane if you so choose. As long as you follow the base overnight oats recipe (posted below), you can pretty much top it off with whatever your sweet little heart desires and it still turns out heavenly.
How To Make Perfect Overnight Oats
Author: Simple Green Moms
FOR THE OATS:
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
FOR THE JAM:
- 3 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup, or to taste
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
FOR THE OATS:
- Mix all the ingredients into a bowl, cover plastic wrap and set in fridge overnight.
FOR THE JAM:
- Add frozen raspberries and blueberries with maple syrup into a medium pot and bring to a simmer. After 5 minutes or so, stir in the chia seeds. Continue to cook down the mixture for about 15 minutes on low heat, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours to thicken it up even more.