5 Overnight Oat Recipes That'll Make Your Mornings So Much Easier

Updated 09/17/19
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Raise your hand if you ever skip the proverbial most important meal of the day because you don't have the time to whip something together before you rush out the door. Raises hand. Between hitting snooze one too many times, scrolling through Instagram for fifteen minutes longer than you intended while lounging in bed, and squeezing in a workout before heading to the office, time can be scarce in the mornings.

But we may have discovered a breakfast that lets you sleep in a little longer without having to forgo the first meal of the day—overnight oats. Made with rolled oats, almond milk, and the toppings of your choice, overnight oats only take about five minutes of active working time to make before you put them in the fridge to sit, you guessed it, overnight. They're the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings (aka every morning).

Keep scrolling for five overnight oat recipes that let you hit snooze one more time.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

peanut butter overnight oats recipe
Minimalist Baker

The Standout Ingredient: The salted peanut butter, which can easily be swapped with the nut butter of your choice. The spread lends a creamy, salty nuttiness to this easy-to-make breakfast.

The Pro Tip: If you're the type of person who likes to squeeze in a workout in the morning, this is the ideal on-the-go breakfast for you. "It would make the perfect meal to enjoy after an intense workout—hello, 15 grams of protein," says Dana of Minimalist Baker.

Coconut Overnight Oats

coconut overnight oats
Mitzy at Home

The Standout Ingredient: The coconut chips and the coconut milk. This recipe puts a tasty, tropical twist on the traditional overnight oat recipe that calls for almond milk.

The Pro Tip: It's all about the toppings. "The next day, when the oats are ready and have absorbed the liquid, I like to add more coconut chips and a sliced nectarine, along with a kiwi flower and whatever fruit I have on hand," says Alice of Mitzy at Home.

Overnight Whole Grain Oats With Honey Toasted Nuts

overnight whole grain oats
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Standout Ingredient: The honey-toasted nuts. This sweet, crunchy topping takes less than five minutes to whip up and adds some much-needed crunch to the creamy oats.

The Pro Tip: While this is an overnight oat recipe, Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen recommends heating the porridge up in the morning. "To serve, you can stir through a lovely big blob of fig and date puree, and top the lot with smooth, creamy Greek yoghurt and crunchy honeyed nuts," she suggests.

Cherry, Berry, and Banana Overnight Oats

berry overnight oats recipe
Foodie Crush

The Recipe: Cherry, Berry, and Banana Overnight Oats

The Standout Ingredient: The salt. Just a pinch gives these overnight oats just enough flavor to balance out the sweetness of the fruit.

The Pro Tip: This breakfast is a great make-ahead meal for the whole family. "We started making overnight oats during the school year, and it's made morning meal times especially easy," says Heidi of Foodie Crush. "Usually, we make two to three and even four at a time since they last just fine in the fridge."

Coconut Banana Oats With Crunchy Black Sesame Quinoa Cereal

overnight oats recipes
Half Baked Harvest

The Standout Ingredient: The crunchy black sesame quinoa cereal. The crunch of the cereal paired with the creaminess of the oats is too good. Trust, us it's worth the extra time to make this topping.

The Pro Tip: You can enjoy these oats straight from the fridge or you can pop them in the blender first if you prefer they be smoother. "[These overnight oats] are so easy," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Easy as in throw everything into a bowl the night before, blend the next morning, and you'll have breakfast ready to go in minutes."

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