Maple + Brown Sugar Overnight Oats with Pecans

I have never been a huge oatmeal fan. I didn’t grow up eating oatmeal, and I never was really aware of the huge benefits of eating oats either. When I posted my recipe for a fast and easy breakfast parfait (which included old-fashioned, uncooked oats), I had several people ask me if I had tried overnight oats. Not being an oatmeal gal, I thought “Overnight what? That seems weird.”

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I honestly put the idea out of my head. Until my friend Katie came to visit. Katie really enjoys overnight oats. She is a very busy teacher and likes to prep these ahead of time so she can grab them and go during the week. Since she was coming to visit us, and we knew we would be crazy busy for most of the days, we decided to take a stab at the overnight oats. Now, I also wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe, because, well oatmeal isn’t quite my thing! However, the poll on my Insta Stories said that yall wanted to see this recipe! So here we are!

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Now, if you’re not an oatmeal-er (like me), you may be wondering, “what is the rave with oatmeal?” Let me share some health benefits that also make me want to eat more oats outside of just my delicious parfait.

Why Oats?

  • One of the healthiest grains on Earth
  • Gluten-free
  • Packed with carbs, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber–they are very nutritious.
  • Avenathramides (a type of antioxidant) will help lower blood pressure and is also an anti-inflammatory.
  • It can lower your cholesterol + improve your blood sugar control
  • Super filling

These are a few of the simple reasons why oats can really be a great addition to your diet. I had no idea!

I feel like it is also super important to mention that besides just the health benefits, this meal is a PERFECT on the go breakfast for my 9-5’ers or busy SAHMs who want to make sure they can have a healthy option on the fly. The ease of 1) making these ahead of time and 2) grabbing them fast in the morning is just a huge added bonus to why I will continue making these overnight oats!

So where did we begin with the overnight oats recipes? I had a few friends say they tried a recipe and didn’t love them–it seemed too soggy or bland. Katie and I experimented a bit with a recipe, and we really enjoyed the results, especially after we tweeked it!

(And, let’s be honest–with these ingredients, it tastes just like fall! So if you’re as basic as me, you’ll love the taste of fall all year round!)

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Here’s is our first hand at overnight oats together:

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We adapted this recipe from Evolving Table.

Maple + Brown Sugar Overnight Oats with Pecans.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
    • I used the Greenwise Old Fashioned Oats from Publix, but I really love this brand too!
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 + 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 5 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • You will also need 4 pint-sized mason jars with lids

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Ingredients for step 1:

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Ingredients for step 2:

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Can you tell I’m running low on mason jars?! I use them for everything! 

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Prep Directions:

  • In four mason jars, put equal amounts of the oats, vanilla, and almond milk and stir to mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup. Pour an equal amount of this mixture in each of the jars over the oats, and stir to combine.
  • Put lids on them and refrigerate the jars overnight (or at least for 2 hours)

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*When I did the recipe for these pictures, I only had 1.5 cups of oats left, so I only had enough to make 3 jars for this batch! 

Morning of Directions:

  • Grab a jar and pop in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between. OR you can pop it in a small pan on the stove top and heat it up using medium heat.
  • Mix + taste–If it is not sweet enough, sprinkle in a little of your favorite sweetener (syrup, honey, brown sugar, or even cinnamon!)
  • Sprinkle your chopped pecans on top + dig in!

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Final Product:

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Tips:

  • While prepping, you may want to add a little more of your sweet items or milk depending on your preference.
  • This is gluten-free! If there is a nut allergy, just drop the pecans.
  • Not a maple syrup fan? Try honey instead!
  • See how long you stay full! I used half of this mixture at a time (I was putting mine in half pints!). Some days, I was full until after lunch time!

Now it’s time for me to try some more variations! Let me know if you have tried + liked this recipe or others in the comments below!

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