Pulling together a healthy — and satisfying — breakfast can feel like a chore in the morning, especially if you like to hit that snooze button once or twice (or seven times). You don’t have time to cook up a healthy spinach omelet, but you’d rather not grab greasy fast food for breakfast, either.
Overnight oats are the perfect solution: Prep them the night before, and you’ll wake up to a delicious and filling breakfast in the morning — no cooking necessary.
Making overnight oats couldn’t be easier — just mix a helping of oats with your choice of milk and mix-ins like fruit, honey, or peanut butter. Let the creation chill overnight in the fridge, and in the morning, grab a spoon and enjoy.
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Of course, the actual nutritional value of your overnight oats will depend on what you add to it — berries and plain (2%) Greek yogurt, for example, will be a much less calorie-dense choice than chocolate chips and a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter. When you’re adding sweet extras like dark chocolate, peanut butter, and maple syrup, make sure you pay attention to your portions.
For the healthiest overnight oats, stick to fresh or frozen fruits — like bananas, peaches, or apples — along with spices like cinnamon and unsweetened almond milk or oat milk.
6 Overnight Oats Recipes That’ll Make Your Mouth Water
Not sure how where to start with your overnight oats? We’ve rounded up the most scrumptious recipes from around the web to inspire you — and turn breakfast from a chore into the best part of your day.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
This tasty combo of fresh apples, cinnamon, and chia seeds can be eaten cold, but they’re a real treat when you warm them up — especially on chilly mornings.
Get the recipe at Life Made Sweeter.
High-Protein Overnight Oats With Berries
This recipe combines antioxidant-packed berries with Greek yogurt and protein powder to create a delicious breakfast that can also double as a post-workout snack.
Get the recipe at The Healthy Foodie.
Brownie Batter Chocolate Overnight Oats
This isn’t technically brownie batter, but you won’t be able to tell the difference after the first bite. We recommend using dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder for a “guilty pleasure” that actually has some healthy benefits.
Get the recipe at Chocolate Covered Katie.
Matcha Overnight Oats
Get a morning energy boost when you indulge in some overnight oats made with matcha powder, a superfood that’s been shown to have 137 times more epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) — a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory properties — than green tea.
Get the recipe at Fit Mitten Kitchen.
Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats
Nothing says summer like peach cobbler. Enjoy that flavor every morning with this overnight oats recipe that mixes fresh-cut peaches, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and honey.
Get the recipe at Nerdy Mamma.
Cake Batter Overnight Oats
Eating cake in the morning might be frowned upon, but this is the next best thing — a cake batter-inspired overnight oats recipe made with Greek yogurt, Stevia, and vanilla protein powder. (Just be sure to enjoy it as an occasional treat, and use the sprinkles sparingly.)
Get the recipe at Dashing Dish.