Overnight oats make for the perfect breakfast. From fruit-filled mason jars to peanut butter bowls, these best overnight oat recipes will kickstart your morning.
If you’re not the kind of person who likes to get up and make breakfast each morning, or you simply don’t have the time, an easy solution is to make breakfast ahead of time. Even if you wake up at 4AM and have your whole morning set out for you every day, you can still benefit from having extra time and one less decision to make in the morning. One easy way you can prepare breakfast the night before is with overnight oats.
All you technically need for overnight oats are rolled oats and milk, but that would be bland and wouldn’t add any spice to your morning. For the best experience, you’ll want to add ingredients that add to the texture and flavor, such as chia seeds, a nut butter such as peanut or almond butter, a fruit or two, and sweeteners of your choice. Many of these recipes can even be made gluten-free, nut-free, or vegan.
Once you master the art of crafting this easy breakfast, your mornings will be a whole lot smoother.
Flaxseed, Blueberry & Banana
Flaxseed and banana are two great ingredients for making an extra-filling breakfast. This flaxseed oatmeal packs in a lot of flavor with almond milk, fresh blueberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon. It’s high in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, so you’ll feel full and invigorated all morning. Most importantly, it’s delicious.
If you forget to make this overnight, you can also rustle up these oats in the morning in just ten minutes. Simmer the ingredients over medium-low heat, mixing in flaxseed and cinnamon, before topping with fruit and maple syrup.
Peanut Butter & Banana
If oats aren’t filling enough for you, adding nuts is the best way to bulk up your breakfast. This peanut butter and banana overnight oats recipe is the best way to do it.
Pecan nuts are a great addition to any breakfast because they’re filling, and high in protein and heart-healthy fats. Serve them with organic peanut butter and rolled oats, and you have a protein-packed start to the day.
Blueberry & Almond Butter
If you love blueberries and quick, easy meals, you will love this recipe for Blueberry Overnight Oats. It only takes 5 minutes of prep time, and it can be made gluten free. You can also customize it with different fruits or nut butters to change up the flavors day to day.
Strawberry & Almond
This is another simple recipe that is made with only four ingredients. It can be made with your favorite kind of milk and any additional toppings you may like. Eat it plain, or jazz it up! This recipe is made with maple syrup and vanilla extract to add a little sweetness to your morning.
Once you’re ready to add more ingredients to your overnight oats, you can try these dessert-like recipes. They use Greek or vegan yogurt, and you add your toppings in the morning. There’s combinations for Peanut Butter and Jelly, Apple Pie, Banana Nutella, and and even Almond Joy!
Honey & Chia Seeds
If you’ve already tried overnight oats and want to have it for breakfast more often, this recipe is a good place to start. This meal prep recipe has larger portions so you can make your overnight oats in bulk. This way, you can have them ready all week, and eat them hot or cold depending on the weather that morning.
Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee
If you’ve ever had coffee but skipped breakfast, you missed out on getting the right nutrients to get you through the rest of the day. Fortunately, this recipe combines cold brew coffee, vanilla almond butter, and overnight oats so you can have your coffee and breakfast all in one!
Peanut Butter & Chia Seeds
These peanut butter overnight oats are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. This creamy recipe has swirls of nut butter, a big dollop of delicious vegan peanut butter, and toppings like baked apples, cinnamon, peaches, and coconut cream. If you’re a big fan of nut butters, this recipe will be a great base for your overnight oats.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
For a more seasonal taste, you’ll want to try some of these flavorful recipes. Pumpkin pie and Apple Autumn Spice are two recipes that are perfect for fall. Warm them up in the microwave and you might as well have them for dessert instead of breakfast!
Muesli & Berries
If you’ve never made overnight oats before, this recipe is a good place to start. This recipe uses old-fashioned oats and cinnamon, chia seeds, almond or peanut butter, milk, fruit, and maple syrup or honey. Depending on the fruit you use, you can either add it the night before or throw it on top of your oats in the morning.
Pumpkin Seed & Matcha
This vegan breakfast recipe combines green tea oats for the great taste and benefits of matcha. Pumpkin seeds make this more of a fall recipe, and coconut flakes add sweetness. If you don’t like peanut or almond butter, you’re in luck! This recipe doesn’t include any nut butter, and it makes a perfect light breakfast or snack.
Carrot Cake & Almond Milk
Most overnight oat recipes use fruit as a topping, but what about your daily serving of vegetables? This carrot cake version uses grated carrots to make a sweet breakfast. and it can be topped with Greek yogurt and pecans for both flavor and presentation. Nobody said you can’t get fancy at breakfast.
Chocolate Cherry Cobbler
Last, but not least, this cobbler variation of overnight oats has more ingredients than the others, but the results are worth it. Blend a banana and add cherries, coconut yogurt, and flax seeds to your oats, and top with cacao nibs, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, chocolate and cherry cobbler made in just a few minutes.