It’s a quintessential breakfast item (that packs a serious nutritional punch), but oatmeal often gets unfairly typecast as bland. Plus, when getting dressed and out the door in the morning is a feat in itself, who has the time to babysit a pot on the stove?
Enter overnight oats. Stirred up in advance (no cooking necessary!) and left to soak while you catch some extra zzzs, chilled oatmeal is a much quicker way to get in a healthy breakfast. Plus it’s more portable, and the variations are endless. Check out these seven make-ahead recipes you’ll be excited to wake up to.
1. Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats
Get your blueberry muffin fix without needing to use an oven or multiple mixing bowls. Thanks to the chia seeds and Greek yogurt stirred in, you’re getting 13 grams of protein—can’t say that about your standard store-bought kind!
2. Vegan Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Nondairy milk, gluten-free oats and just a touch of maple syrup make this low-sugar recipe suitable for any hungry breakfast eater. With raisins, walnuts, and shredded carrots in each bite, it really is like digging into a big ol’ slice of cake.
3. Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats
Six ingredients. No-bake. Packed with fiber. Brimming with berries. This oaty spin on a classic treat could very well be the best way to have your cake and eat it too.
4. Creamy Mango and Banana Overnight Oats
Check out that bright color! No artificial flavorings here: The credit for all that cheery yellow goes entirely to the mango and banana puree layered with the oats.
5. Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Lightly spiced and filled with both fresh apple chunks and applesauce, this breakfast is as delicious as a slice of the pie it’s named after. In fact, thanks to using heart-healthy and whole grain oats instead of a refined-flour crust, it’s even more satisfying than its namesake.
6. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Don’t worry if you don’t have peanut powder on hand—peanut butter (or any nut butter, really) works just as well to help thicken up the oats here. While chia seeds add even more texture and healthy fat, chocolate chips make sure it still feels like you’re eating dessert.
7. Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats
Vanilla protein powder not only makes this chilled bowl taste like ice cream, it’s also a great way to add some extra oomph to your breakfast to keep you energized through the morning.
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