This is the creamiest and most festive oatmeal you can make during the holiday season. Making an oatmeal you will actually crave in the morning is the ultimate breakfast hack. Start your day with this nutritiously packed and decadently smooth oatmeal.
What You’ll Need to Make Egg Nog Oatmeal
This four ingredient egg nog oatmeal has the consistency of eggnog chia pudding. You only need:
- Eggnog (any variety)
- Milk or a milk alternative
- Chia seeds
- Ground Cinnamon
How to Make Egg Nog Oatmeal
Combine all ingredients into a small container or a mason jar. Stir to combine. There should be about an inch of space above the mixture to allow room for the oatmeal and chia seeds to expand.
Step Two: Three Cooking Method Options
Cook the mixture on the stove top over medium heat until liquid is absorbed (about 5-10 minutes). Alternatively, microwave the mixture for one minute, stir and microwave at thirty second intervals until cooked. This takes about two to three minutes. Allow it to rest in the microwave for three minutes before serving.
Lastly, make the mixture and put it, covered, in the fridge overnight. Enjoy it cold in the morning or heat it up and enjoy a chia pudding warm. How simple is that?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. They are very small, round and usually black and gray in color. They absorb liquid and become more digestible if allowed to swell adequately.
What Are Chia Seeds Good For?
They are highly nutritious and pack a nutritional punch for being so small. In two tablespoons (one serving) they provide 8 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of protein, as well as poly- and monounsaturated fats. Additionally, they are a good source of calcium providing 160 mg per serving.
Fiber, protein and quality fat all in one serving of these tiny seeds! You do not have to consume two tablespoons each time you use them. If you’ve never tried them, I recommend starting by sprinkling them into a smoothie, yogurt, cereal, soup, or oatmeal and seeing how you like the texture. Then graduate to integrating the a fuller amount into a recipe or continue to sprinkle them in where you like.
Do Chia Seeds Go Bad?
Chia seeds take a long time to go bad. Most say they are best used within a year but can be used for up to five years. I recommend storing some in a small jar near your main cooking supplies like oil and spices.
While you are cooking, you can sprinkle them in here and there. I get my chia seeds at Aldi and find I only buy one or two 12 ounce bags per year.
Is Egg Nog Gluten Free?
Pending any cross contamination egg nog is a naturally gluten free beverage! The main ingredients in eggnog are eggs, milk/cream, sugar, vanilla and spices. I recently tried this blogger’s homemade egg nog recipe. It was easy to follow and turned out delicious!
Oatmeal is gluten free as well but cross contamination can be an issue. If you need to make sure this recipe stays gluten free, be sure to get the oatmeal from a verified gluten free production facility.
Egg Nog Variations
There are lots of varieties of egg nog to suit any nutrition preferences or needs. Try oatmilk egg nog as a non dairy egg nog option! Additionally, I’ve seen almond milk egg nog at various stores as well.
Traditional egg nog is really thick and creamy so I prefer to thin it out by adding some milk or milk alternative or using a different type. Try this recipe multiple times with different egg nog varieties and see what you like best.
Overnight Oats vs Cooked Oats
The beauty of most oatmeal recipes is they can be made in the morning quickly and heated up on the stovetop or microwave for a warm breakfast. However, overnight oats can make breakfast even easier! Overnight oats sit with all their ingredients in the fridge overnight (or up to three days) and are ready to be eaten in the morning.
Personally, I heat them up in the morning but they can be eaten cold as well. If you the energy at the end of the day to prepare your breakfast for the morning, choose an oatmeal or overnight oat recipe. You’ll wake up happy knowing you meal prepped a nutritious and satisfying meal.
Why This Recipe Works
Oats and chia seeds absorb liquid and take on flavor this way. Otherwise, oats cooked with just water would be quite bland! The simplicity of this recipe makes it fast to make while also packing in a ton of nutritional benefits.
Other Oatmeal Recipes You’ll Love
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Oatmeal
- Slow Cooker Berry Oatmeal
- Nutella Oats
- Peach Overnight Oats
- Cherry & PB Overnight Oats
- Dirtcup Overnight Oats
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Egg Nog Oatmeal
- ½ cup eggnog use any variety you prefer
- ½ cup almond milk use any milk or alternative you prefer
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup oats (uncooked) any kind
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in a jar, cup, plastic container or coffee mug!
- Cover and store in the fridge overnight to enjoy warm or cold in the morning. Alternatively, this oatmeal can be freshly cooked in the morning on the stovetop or in the microwave.
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Let me know in the comments if you’re an eggnog fan like me! I enjoy it year round but it feels especially nostalgic around the holidays.
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