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6 Ways to Make Easy Overnight Oats

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast doesn't get much easier than this.


Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats | Photo by Allrecipes

When you keep nutritious oats in your pantry, you're on your way to a healthy, hearty breakfast that solves so many problems on so many levels. Seriously, what's not to love?


Easy to make. Throw it together the night before, no cooking needed.

Simple to take. Prep individual servings in grab-and-go containers.

Customizable. Change up ingredients to suit even picky eaters.

Nutritious. Make every serving as healthy as you want it to be.

Filling. Stay energized until lunchtime with the right balance of protein and fiber.


All you need are uncooked rolled oats, a glass jar with a lid, and add-ins to plump up the oats and infuse them with flavor. Here's a basic recipe to get you started, plus 5 ideas for flavor change-ups. What new combos will you invent?


No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

Photo by LilSnoo

Get the recipe for No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal.

Prep Tips

  • If you like thinner oatmeal, stir in more milk in the morning.
  • Microwave your oatmeal mixture for a minute or two in the morning if you prefer hot oats.
  • To save even more time, prep individual bags of dried ingredients once a week, then put them in jars with liquid ingredients as needed.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make overnight oats:

5 More Ways To Customize Your Overnight Oats

1. Chunky Monkey

Stir in: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut.
Substitute: Coconut milk for regular milk, banana yogurt for plain yogurt, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Sliced banana, 1 tablespoon Nutella or peanut butter.

2. Classic PBJ

Stir in: 2 tablespoons mashed berries or low-sugar fruit preserves, 1 dash vanilla extract.
Substitute: Almond milk for regular milk.
Morning toppers: 1 tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter, fresh berries or more fruit preserves.

3. Pumpkin Spice

Stir in: 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice.
Substitute: Maple sugar or maple syrup for honey, almond milk for regular milk, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Chopped toasted pecans.

4. Apple Pie

Stir in: 2 tablespoons applesauce.
Substitute: Brown sugar or maple sugar for honey, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Chopped apples, chopped walnuts.

5. Cranberry Orange

Stir in: 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons orange juice.
Substitute: Brown sugar or maple sugar for honey, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Slivered almonds, dried candied orange peel.

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About Vanessa Greaves

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