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Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?

Can you freeze overnight oats? The answer is yes! Freezing overnight oats is a great way to increase their shelf life and prep ahead of time.

A breakfast that is already waiting for you in the morning. Sounds good, right? That is also healthy and super tasty? Even better, isn’t it? 

It is always preferable to prepare the meals ahead of time and freeze them with busy morning schedules.

What Are Overnight Oats? 

Firstly, let’s discuss ‘what are overnight oats?’.

Overnight oats are oats that have been soaked in water or milk overnight. The oats absorb moisture, resulting in a delicious no-cook version of porridge. The main advantage is that you can prepare it in the evening, so that all you have to do in the morning is take it out of the fridge and have breakfast.

If you want to batch make overnight oats and prepare them even further in advance you also have the option to freeze them and then defrost, as and when you’d like to eat them.

Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?

In a word, yes. Oats can be frozen overnight in single servings for up to 3 months. This allows you to stock individual servings for a few weeks. A few precautions should be taken to retain the best quality of oats after defrosting.

How To Freeze Overnight Oats?

Tip # 1

When making overnight oats, keep in mind that the liquid, ingredients, and other toppings you use influence how your oats freeze and whether or not they taste fresh once thawed.

Tip # 2

Before freezing the overnight oats, prepare them as usual, but leave out the fresh toppings.

Any added fruit, such as chopped apples or sliced bananas, will become soft and mushy after freezing and thawing, and while some may disagree, it’s best to add the fruit after defrosting your main overnight oats mixture. Fruit compotes will be ok, as they have already been cooked and made into a jam like consistency.

Tip # 3

Choose the best container for freezing your overnight oats. There are several container options, but the primary concern is that the container seals tightly.

Glass Jar For Freezing Overnight Oats

Glass jars are a popular container for overnight oats, and they also work well for freezing oats. We have the perfect single serve glass clip top overnight oats jar available here, that has an air tight seal and is freezer safe.

All you need to do is make sure that:

  • The glass jars are freezer safe.
  • They seal well.
  • They provide odour protection in the freezer.

What’s The Best Way To Freeze Overnight Oats?

It’s always good to make a large batch at once and then freeze individual servings in freezer safe containers.

How Do You Defrost Frozen Overnight Oats?

There are several methods for thawing frozen overnight oats, and you can choose any of them based on your preferences.

1. Placed in the refrigerator

The recommended method for defrosting frozen overnight oats is to leave them in the fridge overnight to thaw. Oats thawed in this manner can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

2. In a cold water bowl

Frozen oats can be defrosted overnight in a bowl of cold water, but they should be eaten right away. 

3. On the kitchen counter

If you are in a hurry, you can defrost your frozen overnight oats by leaving them on the kitchen counter, for no more than 2 hours and eating them once they have thawed.

What Mistakes Should Be Avoided When Freezing Overnight Oats?

  1. When storing oats in the freezer, do not add toppings until ready to eat. Freeze overnight oats separately from fresh toppings. They will become soggy and will most likely disrupt the texture of the oats.
  2. It is a good practice to store overnight oats on one of the freezer shelves and not in the door, as there is a significant temperature fluctuation in the door that can spoil the quality of the overnight oats.
  3. To avoid the smell of other types of food in the freezer, store the oats overnight in an airtight container. Oats should be stored overnight away from strong-smelling foods.

Conclusion

Finally, remember that refreezing thawed overnight oats is not recommended because it degrades the quality.

At Oat Pantry you can find the best quality porridge oat mixes to satisfy your taste buds that are perfect for making overnight oats!

Oat pantry offers a wide range of absolutely scrumptious flavours! So what are you waiting for?

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Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Our Carrot Cake Overnight Oats layered with a white chocolate yoghurt topping tastes just like a dessert, but with all the goodness of wholegrain oats and packed with plant based protein, there’s a healthier twist.

Ingredients:

Overnight Oats Mixture:

White Chocolate Yoghurt Topping:

  • 3 tbsp plain yoghurt of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 20g dairy free white chocolate (melted)

Method:

  1. In to a jar (such as this overnight oats jar here) place 40g of Oat Pantry Carrot Cake Porridge Oats with 60g yoghurt of choice and 40ml of unsweetened almond milk.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the 3 tbsp plain yoghurt, milk and melted white chocolate, then layer on top of the Carrot Cake Overnight Oats mixture in the jar.
  3. Place lid on the jar and leave to soak in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours.
  4. OPTIONAL – In the morning top your Oat Pantry Carrot Cake Overnight Oats with extra grated carrot, chopped nuts and raisins.
  5. Lastly, ENJOY!
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Apple Crumble Overnight Oats

During the Winter months we find we crave cosy porridge and overnight oats flavours more and more – just like these delicious Apple Crumble Overnight Oats.

Ingredients:

For the overnight oats:
• 40g Oat Pantry Apple Pie Porridge Oats
• 100ml unsweetened almond milk

For the crispy crumble topping:
• 10g flaked almonds
• 25g Oat Pantry Apple Pie Porridge Oats
• ½ tbsp maple syrup
• 2 tsp pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. To make the overnight oats, place the Apple Pie Porridge Oats into an  airtight jar or container, along with the almond milk. Give it a stir and close the lid, leave in the fridge to soak overnight.
  2. For the crisp oat crumble, combine the ingredients together in a bowl, mix until well combined. Get a frying pan and heat on a medium heat with a dash of oil. Place the oat crumble mixture into the pan for about 2 minutes until golden and crisp, watching carefully and stirring continuously (turn the heat down if you hear the pumpkin seeds popping).
  3. Add your oat crumble topping in the morning, along with a spoonful of Butter Belle Gingerbread Almond Butter found in the toppers section of our online shop and some fresh apple slices.

Tips: The overnight oats keep for 2-3 days; add toppings when ready to eat. The crisp oat crumble keeps for several weeks in an airtight container, if you want to make a larger batch.

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Black Forest Gateau Overnight Oats

What happens when Black Forest Gateau meets Cherry Bakewell…!? The result, is something truly magical!

Why wait to have dessert, when you could be enjoying it for breakfast as overnight oats? Creamy Cherry Bakewell oats, sweet cherries and a black cherry & cacao dark chocolate ganache make this a truly tasty breakfast treat.

Ingredients:

For the oats layer:
• 40g Oat Pantry Cherry Bakewell Porridge Oats
• 100ml unsweetened almond milk

For the Chocolate Ganache layer:
• 1.5 tsp Butter Belle Black Cherry & Cacao Almond Butter
• 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
• 2.5 tbsp water
• 1 tsp maple syrup

For the Raspberry & Cherry Jam layer
• Small handful of frozen cherries & raspberries
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 1/2 tsp maple syrup

Method:

1. In our overnight oats jar, glass or bowl mix together the oats and almond milk, then microwave for 1 & 1/2 minutes and mix again. Leave to sit and firm up whilst you prepare the other layers.
2. To make the jam, place into a small bowl the frozen raspberries, cherries, chia seeds and maple syrup. Microwave for 1 minute, then take out of the microwave and mash together with a fork.
3. Top your oats with the jam, place in freezer whilst you prepare the ganache, this allows the warm jam layer time to set.
4. Mix together in a separate small bowl the Butter Belle Black Cherry & Cacao Almond Butter, cocoa powder, water and maple syrup, until you get a thick paste. Then spoon over the top of your mixture.
4. We topped ours with optional flaked almonds and more frozen raspberries and cherry pieces.
5. Leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
6. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Orange Ganache Overnight Oats

A full on Chocolate Orange breakfast extravaganza!

This is a whole new way to level up your overnight oats. Creamy Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange Porridge oats topped with a chilled cacao & orange dark chocolate ganache make this a truly tasty breakfast treat.

Ingredients:

For the oats layer:
• 40g Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange Porridge Oats
• 100ml milk of your choice

For the chocolate orange ganache layer:
• 1.5 tsp Butter Belle Cacao Orange Cashew Butter
• 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
• 2.5 tbsp water
• 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

1. In our overnight oats jar, glass or bowl mix together the oats and milk, then microwave for 1 & 1/2 minutes and mix again. Leave to sit in the fridge and firm up whilst you prepare the ganache layer.
2. Mix together in a separate small bowl the Butter Belle Cacao Orange Cashew Butter, cocoa powder, water and maple syrup, until you get a thick paste. Then spoon over the top of your mixture.
4. We topped ours with optional mixed chopped nuts and you could also add some orange zest for an zingy orange taste.
5. Leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
6. Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Ganache Overnight Oats
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Chocolate Orange Shell Overnight Oats

This quick and easy recipe takes overnight oats to a completely new level. Creamy Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange overnight oats, topped with a crackable, snappable chocolate topping.

You will need:
• 40g Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange Porridge
• 100ml milk of choice (yoghurt can also be added, a 50/50 ratio works best)
• 1 large square of dark chocolate or 2 small squares

Method:
1. Place our Oat Pantry Chocolate Orange Porridge Oats into a jar with 100ml of milk.

2. Close the lid and leave in the fridge to soak for a couple of hours to let the oats firm up a bit.

3. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time until it’s a liquid.

4. Pour thinly over the top of the overnight oats and place back in the fridge until the morning.

5. Then get cracking!

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Apple Pie & Custard Overnight Oats

Our Apple & Custard Overnight Oats taste just like a dessert, but are a delicious, nutritious breakfast idea.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Place 40g of Oat Pantry Apple Pie Porridge Oats with 100ml of unsweetened almond milk into a jar, close the lid and leave to soak in the fridge overnight.
  2. Either the day before or in the morning prepare the stewed apples. Chop the apple into small pieces and combine with the maple syrup in a small bowl. Then microwave on high for 20 seconds at a time until you reach your desired softness.
  3. Top your Oat Pantry Apple Pie overnight oats with the Alpro Custard, then the stewed apples and a small sprinkling of chopped nuts.
  4. Lastly, ENJOY!
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Easy Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Just like banana bread straight from the oven, but with barely any effort, these Banana Bread Overnight Oats are breakfast you can wake up to–literally!

If you’ve never had overnight oats, they’re basically a no-cook method of making porridge. So, instead of cooking porridge on the hob or in the microwave, you soak the raw oats with any type of milk or yoghurt. That soaking process allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften them enough to eat uncooked. You only need to let the oats soak and rest in the fridge for 2 hours. But, it’s ideal if you soak it overnight…hence the name overnight oats!

Ingredients:

• 45g Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Pie Porridge Oats
• pinch of salt
• 1/2 banana – mashed
• 100ml milk of your choice
• 2 broken walnuts
• pinch of cinnamon

Method:

1. In a jar mix together all the ingredients, give them a stir and place the lid on.
2. Place in the fridge overnight, then top with fresh sliced banana, walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup in the morning.

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Apple Cinnamon Bun Overnight Oats

Seriously thick and creamy overnight oats bursting with cinnamon and juicy apple.

Perfect for prepping the evening before and keeping you fuelled throughout the day.

Ingredients:

• 40g Oat Pantry Cinnamon Bun Porridge
• 50g plain yoghurt of your choice
• 50ml milk of your choice
• half a grated apple

Method:

1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and mix thoroughly.
2. Put the lid on the jar and leave to soak in the fridge overnight.
3. Optional – top with more apple and mixed nuts in the morning.

grated apple overnight oats
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Cinnamon & Raisin Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are seriously delicious – layered with a peanut butter and yoghurt choc chip cookie dough base, for a simple, healthy breakfast meal prep idea that is perfect for busy mornings!

The recipe below makes two servings:

Ingredients:

• 2 Tbsp Natural peanut butter
• 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
• 1/2 Cup (140g) Vanilla flavoured yoghurt, e.g. Alpro Vanilla Yoghurt, Coconut Vanilla Yoghurt
• 1/2 Tbsp Islands Chocolate Chocolate Buttons + additional for topping is optional
• 40g Oat Pantry Cinnamon Bun Porridge
• 100ml your milk of choice

Method:

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and coconut sugar until well combined.
2. Add 1 Tbsp of yoghurt to the mixture and mix until well combined and the mixture starts to come together like dough. Stir in the chocolate buttons.
3. Divide the cookie dough between two jars, pressing down into the bottom. Spread 1/4 cup (70g) of yoghurt on top of each cookie dough layer.
4. In a medium bowl stir together Oat Pantry Cinnamon Bun Porridge Oats and your choice of milk and stir until the oats are evenly soaked. Divide the oats between the two jars and place into the refrigerator overnight.
5. In the morning, sprinkle with additional Chocolate Buttons, if desired, and enjoy!