They’re inexpensive, easy to assemble, and you place them in the fridge to easily consume come the a.m., so it’s no shocker to anyone that overnight oats recipes are popping up all over the internet and in our kitchens.
Add in chia seeds (another of our favorite superfoods), fruits, peanut butter (if you’d like more protein), and different spices you’d like to really amp up the flavor for tomorrow’s breakfast.
The best — and our favorite part — of overnight oats, is that you can customize them to fit your exact cravings or dietary wants of that moment. Want savory? There’s a recipe for that. Top it with an egg and you have a classic breakfast dish. Want sweet? Top it with coconut shavings, fruit, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you have a flavor that could rival your standard grocery store prepackaged yogurt.
But because oats and oatmeal carry a nutritional punch — they’ve been shown to help promote healthy eating and weight loss, help to improve heart health, and lower blood sugar levels — they’re also a healthy eating option for days when you have only moments to grab breakfast and sprint out the door.
Because overnight oats tend to be creamier, more textured, and dense than your typical hot oatmeal dish, they’ll also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and keeping you full for a much longer time.
If you’re facing an extra-busy week, whip up a whole batch of overnight oats, store them in individual, portion-controlled, and air-tight containers in your refrigerator, and enjoy them every day throughout the week. And never be afraid of mixing it up. Have a chocolate-flavored cup on Monday, a blueberry on Tuesday, and a cinnamon on Wednesday. Who says breakfast has to be boring and time-consuming?
To help you get started on your overnight oat journey, we’ve collected some of our favorite recipes that you can whip up the night before and consume on your laziest and time-pressed mornings:
Get the recipe from Lemons + Zest
Get the recipe from The Conscientious Eater
Get the recipe from A Pumpkin & A Princess
Get the recipe from Simple Vegan Blog
Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum
Get the recipe from Donna Hay