Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds - No chia seeds or nuts needed to make this delicious oatmeal-based cereal. Stir everything together the night before and wake up to a healthy, no-cook breakfast.
This recipe is great for the upcoming summer, as it can be somewhat difficult to stomach hot oatmeal when it's 90 degrees outside! I know there are other activities we'd prefer.
Enter, overnight oats!
Overnight oats stems from a recipe called Bircher muesli, which was created by a Swiss doctor in the early 1900s for his 'weak' patients.
Through the food blog world, it has evolved into overnight oats, though it can be 30 minute oats as well. 🙂
Can overnight oats be made without chia seeds?
Yes! Chia seeds are not essential to an overnight oats recipe.
Chia seeds are a big superfood right now, and while they do boast some impressive nutrition stats, they can be problematic for those with gut issues.
I know for myself, they currently give me lower abdomen pain. In the past, however, I've enjoyed them just fine, so I think it depends on your personal state of health.
Overnight oats ingredients
I can't remember where I discovered this luscious breakfast, but it changed my life!
To give you a good, descriptive visual, picture this:
Chewy oats soaked in a base of milk, yogurt, and honey overnight, affording you a deliciously sweet and creamy morning meal that takes NO effort and minimal clean-up.
Does it have to soak overnight?
In short, no!
My daughter, Natalie, loves overnight oats, and often makes it and lets it soak for just 30 minutes.
It turns out great using regular rolled oats.
If, however, you're trying to reduce the phytic acid content of the oats, you would be better off waiting 12-24 hours.
How to reduce oxalates in oats
I belong to an oxalate group on Facebook, run by Susan Owens, who has done a fair amount of research on the subject. (Take a peek at this article on oxalates if you're interested!)
If you're looking to lower the oxalate content of oats, the consensus in the group is to soak the oats overnight in water, rinse them, then cook as usual.
In the case of overnight oats, you would soak, rinse, then make the recipe as written.
Though eating cold oats might be off-putting to some of you, I implore you to try it.
You won't be disappointed!
Other oatmeal recipes you might enjoy:
Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup plain yogurt I use full-fat
- ⅔ - ¾ cup milk of choice see Notes
- couple dashes sea salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tsp honey or maple syrup
- Mix everything together in a bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Enjoy in the morning with whatever additions you like!
This is my favorite, most basic recipe. I like it a bit 'wetter' in terms of how much milk I add. If you like a thicker consistency, start with 2/3 cup of milk, then add an extra splash in the morning, as desired.