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Why Overnight Oats Are My Current Favourite Breakfast

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Alberta chapter.

I have personally never been the biggest fan of oatmeal, some of those reasons being the taste, texture and the fact that it just reminded me of a hot pile of mush. To be honest I was disappointed that I was unable to fall in love with oatmeal, as it really is a great breakfast item and it seemed to be beloved by the many Instagram influencers that I followed. However, another oat-related item that was greatly beloved by those same Instagram influencers is overnight oats and after deciding to give oatmeal one last chance I made some overnight oats for myself and instantly fell in love. 

They are super easy to make and can be used for meal prepping.

Technically you only need to leave the oats for 2 hours to allow the liquid to fully absorb and for your oats to be ready to eat but the fact that they can be made the night before is a huge bonus in my eyes. If you are into meal prepping then you can just make a whole batch at once and they are good to stay in your fridge for the whole week, all you have to do is pull them out the next morning and your meal is good to go. The ingredients are super simple as well, you only need some oats, milk, yogurt and then some sort of sweetener (I like to use honey)

The topping combinations are endless.

Once overnight oats are made you have free range to include any sort of toppings you would like. Also, since the base is super simple you can also include a variety of different flavour options that range from birthday cake oats to carrot cake. My personal favourite is peanut butter and jam with strawberries on top! 

They are perfect if you are running late.

This relates back to number 1, but since they can be made ahead of time they are the perfect breakfast item for those days you are running late. Not only that but they are best made in a mason jar or any type of travel container so they are easy to bring with you in the car or wherever you may be headed. 

Rieley Tomkinson

U Alberta '22

Rieley is a third year Elementary Education student at the University of Alberta. When she's not busy studying you can find her binging a new Netflix show, singing along to musicals, playing with her dog or curled up with a new book.
Robin is a senior student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. She is getting a Science Degree, with a Psychology major and a double minor in Sociology & Biology. Part-time jobs, full-time classes, various student groups and volunteering fill most of her time. Robin is the 2020/2021 President of Her Campus at UAlberta and served as the social media director for the 2018/2019 year!