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5 Overnight Oats Recipes to Keep You Full All Morning

By Laura Williams

eating oatmealWho has the time to make old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfast anymore? When you’re running around first thing in the morning, you’re lucky if you get breakfast at all, much less a home-cooked meal.

However, despite your crazy schedule, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. So don’t skip it – plan ahead and make overnight oats. Oats soften up overnight and take on the flavors of the ingredients you mix with them. While the possibilities are endless, one thing is for sure: The fiber and protein of an oat-packed breakfast can keep you full until lunch.

The basic ingredients in all overnight oats recipes are old-fashioned oats, Greek yogurt, and soy or almond milk. These are included in equal proportions, usually one-third of a cup each, although you can adjust the amount as desired. You can make overnight oats with flavored or unflavored Greek yogurt and milk – just be aware that flavored yogurts and milks introduce more sugar to the recipes.

Overnight Oats Recipes

Preparation is simple: Place all the ingredients into a seal-able container (such as a Mason jar or empty peanut butter container), mix well, and store in the fridge overnight. The oats soften up and are ready in the morning. And unlike regular oatmeal, overnight oats are served cold – eat as prepared, or add nuts and dried fruit as a topping.

Mix up your own custom recipes with fruit, nut butter, seeds, and spices, or try one of our favorite overnight oats recipes. Whip up five recipes on Sunday night, store them in the fridge, and grab-and-go every morning. Each recipe makes a single serving.

1. Cinnamon Honey Peach

Especially good with fresh summer peaches, this recipe is a sweet, fruity pick-me-up. Just mix the ingredients together, store overnight, and enjoy.

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 ripe peach, diced
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2. Peanut Butter Chocolate

Skip the protein bar and opt for a peanut butter and chocolate-flavored oatmeal treat.

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

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3. Strawberries and Cream

Another sweet and fruity treat, this strawberries-and-cream overnight oats recipe is like a delicious dessert for breakfast.

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • A handful of fresh strawberries, chopped

4. Blueberry Banana

Instead of using a blender to whip up a blueberry banana smoothie, enjoy this fiber-filled blueberry banana overnight oats recipe instead.

  •  1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced

It’s a good idea to mash up the blueberries and banana slices before mixing with the other ingredients to get a nice, smooth flavor.

5. Pumpkin Pie

When the air is crisp outside, nothing hits the spot like a pumpkin pie breakfast – this one is just a whole lot healthier than a slice of grandma’s pie.

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin

Serve topped with additional maple syrup and nuts, if desired.

Final Word

There’s no need to go out and buy special ingredients for your overnight oats recipes – just poke around in your pantry and use what you have. Dried fruits and nuts make great additions, as do sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar, and stevia. You can use just about any fruit, and if you don’t have soy or almond milk, use the milk you have on-hand. The same goes for yogurt – if you don’t have Greek yogurt, use regular.

There are a million combinations to try, so have fun and get creative. You never know which recipe is going to become your favorite.

Do you have a favorite overnight oats recipe?

Laura Williams
Laura Williams holds a master's degree in exercise and sport science and enjoys breaking up her day by running her dogs, hitting the gym, and watching TV. Having been in charge of her own finances since the early age of 12, she knows how to save and when to spend, and she loves sharing these tips with others. Laura ditched her career as a fitness center manager for the relative freedom of home-based writing and editing work. She stays busy by working on her own website, GirlsGoneSporty, a website designed to help the sporty woman live the sporty life.

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