Want to eat a tastier, homemade breakfast but worried as a beginner cook that you don’t have the time? These simple, delicious, and filling Peach Overnight Oats can be thrown together in under ten minutes.
I’ve been making overnight oats for a long time now. They come together really quickly and it feels great knowing that when you wake up, breakfast is already prepared for you.
What You’ll Need to Make Peach Overnight Oats
- Rolled or steel cut oats: If you want a more unison texture throughout the batch, you can blend/grind the oats into a fine powder before making this recipe.
- Milk/alternative of choice: Any milk will do but to make the oats more substantial/lasting I recommend regular milk or an alternative with protein such as soy milk.
- Almond butter: Yes, you can swap it with peanut butter but I think almond butter pairs better with peaches.
- Brown sugar: This makes it resemble a peach crumble and adds a balanced sweetness.
- Cinnamon: This spice has a warming effect on this recipe.
- Vanilla extract: A simple and small way to pack in a lot of flavor.
- Hemp hearts: For added quality fats and protein this shelled hemp seeds do the trick.
- Peaches: Use fresh, frozen, canned, or peaches from a fruit cup in 100% juice.
Learn How to Make It
The best part about these overnight oats is the only work it requires is stirring it all together. Add all of the ingredients into the container you wish to eat them out of and place a lid on it. Store the oats overnight in the fridge and enjoy in the morning.
Many people like to enjoy overnight oats cold for a blended overnight oats experience. However, if you prefer oatmeal to be warm these can be reheated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir them at the one minute mark and reheat for an additional minute.
There aren’t a lot of shortcuts with this recipe. The main one to consider is using canned or frozen peaches instead of having to chop a fresh one. A further shortcut with the peaches is to use a drained and rinsed fruit cup like these Lunch Buddies peach fruit cups from Aldi.
Overnight oats are incredibly versatile and one way to make a quick variation is by choosing a different fruit. Simply substitute any fruit that you have on hand (fresh, frozen, canned, or even dried) for the peaches that this recipe calls for. Another simple swap would be to use peanut butter or a seed butter instead of almond butter.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Hours Should Overnight Oats Sit?
A lot of people think overnight means that the oats must rest in the fridge for ten to twelve hours. However, they generally take a minimum of six hours to absorb all of the liquid. I recommend making them before you go to bed or right after dinner so the texture is perfect come morning.
How Can You Increase the Protein?
There are lots of ways and reasons for adding more protein to this oatmeal but it’s important not to sacrifice flavor for substance. For example, adding a scoop of protein powder would increase the protein content but if it altered the taste and you didn’t like it, there’s no reason to add it.
Here are other ways you could add more protein:
- Silken tofu
- Flavorless or vanilla protein powder
- Use a milk/mylk with protein in it like soy or cow’s (for example, almond milk has very little protein)
- More Hemp hearts
- Nuts such as almonds or pecans
- Protein powder (but read above)
Can You Add More Fiber?
It’s also easy to ramp up the fiber in your overnight oats. Fiber will help you stay fuller longer, it keeps your digestive track running smoothly and it may benefit your cholesterol levels as well. Here are other ways you can add fiber to your overnight oats.
- Adding additional fruit and leave the peel on if possible
- Mixing in a plain fiber powder supplement (check your serving size first and or discuss this with your dietitian)
- Flax meal
- Chia seeds
Do You Put Fruit in Overnight Oats Overnight?
Yes, you can put fruit in the oats overnight. This does result in a slightly softer texture so if preferred, stir in fresh fruit in the morning instead.
Can You Add Frozen Fruit?
Frozen fruit is a great choice for overnight oats. As it thaws it will expel liquid that will also increase the flavor and sweetness of the oats as a whole. This is why I recommend freezing your fresh fruit if you’re not going to eat it before it goes bad.
Can You Mess Them Up?
Honestly, overnight oats are pretty hard to mess up! I recommend following some recipes like this one, my Cherry Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, or my Spooky Oreo Overnight Oats first. As a beginner cook it’s important to master reading and following (mostly) recipes first before venturing off to cook without one.
Overnight oats are kept in the fridge in a sealed container and usually stay good for up to five days. The longer they sit in the fridge, though, the more their contents break down and so the texture may be affected. Overnight oats can also be made and then frozen instead of being left in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?
They will last in the freezer for up to one or two months. To thaw, simply place them in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day. Freezing and then thawing them may require a little additional liquid prior to eating them.
Peach Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats*
- ½ cup 2% milk**
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 peach***
- Dice the peach or if using canned simply measure 1 cup of canned peaches and roughly dice/chop them to the desired size.
- Combine all ingredients including the peaches into a jar or container that has a lid.
- Stir everything together.
- Place your container in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- Enjoy cold or warm up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.