What doesn’t go with oats? Fruit, spices, nuts—you name it and there’s a good chance it’ll feel right at home in a big ole breakfast bowl of them.
Factor in that they’re easy as heck to make and you’re gonna wonder why you don’t use them every morning. These overnight oats recipes double down on convenience so you don’t have to do anything in the morning, besides maybe bust out a sweater and some flannel.
Depending on how strapped for time you are, this recipe can range from ‘sweet lord, this is the promised land’ to ‘I’m definitely still on Earth, but this is delicious.’ If you’ve got time, you can bake the pears in maple first. If not, simply mix everything together and enjoy it hold or cold the next morning. Either way, this’ll take you no more than 15 minutes, tops.
Take a classic oatmeal flavor on the go by making it the night before and putting it in a mason jar. It’s a good, gluten-free alternative to sugary granola bars if that’s all you find yourself having time for most mornings (like many of us).Using actual cinnamon sticks is optional, but man does it look good. This recipe even offers some alternatives for maple syrup haters and people with nut allergies.
Apple picking season is here, so prep for it with a minimally prepped baked apple breakfast. There’s not much sugar in this recipe, but if you really need it (totally not projecting) the creator recommends maple syrup, and we’re gonna second that. Nut butter makes the oats extra creamy—just try to resist taking it out of the fridge until morning.
Have you tossed all your shorts and tank tops out the window yet? If not, you might after tasting the pumpkin pie flavor in these oats. This recipe is a little more involved in that you make your own pumpkin puree, but once that’s done, you can enjoy a healthy dessert-tasting breakfast in just a few minutes.
It’s like Starbucks in a jar of oats. Unfortunately, there isn’t any actual caffeine in this recipe, but it looks so good we think it’ll make up for that. With spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, this is a nice, toasty way to wake up. The creator even recommends cutting open a real vanilla bean and using full-fat coconut milk to get that authentic chai taste.
Soup, curry, oats—is there anything squash can’t be used for? Heat a chunk in the microwave for around 5 minutes until it’s soft then mash it up and combine with vanilla extra, yogurt, fruit, and honey. Quick, easy, and delicious.
It’s not Christmas yet, but it can’t hurt to prepare (plus gingerbread is delish year round). This recipe calls for yogurt and a sweetener of your choice, as well as chia seeds and a bit o’ salt. The chia adds a nice serving of fiber and protein so you can feel even better than you already do in the morning.
We’ve been sweet this whole time; it’s time to get a little tart. Cranberries give oats sweetness if you don’t want a bland breakfast but want to branch out from maple syrup and honey. Pecans and chia seeds bring the protein, and it’s business as usual from there with yogurt, almond milk, and unsweetened dried coconut.
Last but ABSOLUTELY not least, the unsung hero, sweet potato, makes an appearance. It’s no secret that sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients and taste great, so honestly it was about time they showed up for breakfast.This recipe calls for baking your sweet potatoes, so it’s a takes a bit longer than everything else on this list (but it sounds so worth it). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.