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20 Overnight Oats Recipes to Brighten Up Your Mornings

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20 Overnight Oats Recipes to Brighten Up Your Mornings

Tasty, nutritious, and as simple as it gets: These overnight oat recipes will make your morning any day of the week.

Lazy chefs, you’ve come to the right place.

If you want to start your days off with a healthy breakfast but can’t bring yourself to set the alarm early enough to cook anything, then overnight oats are the gift you’ve been waiting for.

(And if you’d rather just skip breakfast, then by all means, keep sleeping in and eat your oats later!)

Now, you might fall into the camp of people who believe that oats are too boring to qualify as anything more than “slightly better than swill.”

I’ll admit, quick-cooking oats are one of the blandest foods around. These healthy oatmeal recipes are most definitely not, though.

They’re far from the flavorless mush you’re envisioning and the best part is, they require no cooking at all.

All you’ll have to do is set aside a few minutes each night to prep your oats, let the whole shebang sit overnight in the fridge, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious meal.

So, experiment with any of these great recipes or design your own. No matter which you choose, you’re guaranteed to wake up to a hearty and flavorful breakfast.

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe Picture courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Oatmeal will start your day off right with complex carbs and fiber. And when you need an even more filling breakfast than, simply mix in additional ingredients based on the flavors and nutrients you want.

Swirling in a spoonful of peanut butter, for example, adds protein plus the fat needed to power up your brain.

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Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

3/4 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or stevia to taste)

1/2 cup rolled oats

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 460

Protein: 16 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Fat: 24 grams

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Mango Turmeric Overnight Oats

mango overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Kara Lydon

Start your day with a burst of color and flavor with these mango overnight oats. Blending fresh mango with coconut milk will help thicken up the mixture, so you’ll hardly need more than oats and spices.

On top of the standard cinnamon and ginger, this recipe includes ground turmeric to make the orange pop. Plus, it’s a great anti-inflammatory that can help with muscle cramps and joint pain.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

4 mangos

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. turmeric

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. pure honey

2 cups coconut milk beverage

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 325

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 65 grams

Fat: 5 grams

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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe Picture courtesy of Simple as That

While any fruit can be mixed into overnight oats, something juicy and soft like strawberries will help thicken it up so in the morning you’ll have more to spoon up than soggy oats.

This recipe also includes a couple ingredients to make these strawberry overnight oats taste like cheesecake: a single serving of Greek yogurt and a touch of cream cheese.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup strawberries, diced

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 oz. plain cream cheese

1 cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

Pinch of salt

1 graham cracker, crushed

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 373

Protein: 15 grams

Carbs: 53 grams

Fat: 12 grams

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Protein-Packed Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

protein cookie dough overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Nutritionist in the Kitch

Craving cookies for breakfast? Skip the chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, and enjoy this version of overnight oats instead.

To recreate the flavor in a healthy way, cashew butter lends the richness of a real cookie, while maple syrup adds not just sweetness but also flavor. Top with chocolate chips, raisins, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp. buckwheat groats

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp. vanilla brown rice protein powder

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 Tbsp. cashew butter

1 Tbsp. mini dark chocolate chips

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 450

Protein: 21 grams

Carbs: 57 grams

Fat: 18 grams

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Peach Cobbler Protein Overnight Oats

Peach Cobbler overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Eat your favorite summer dessert for breakfast with these peach overnight oats.

Diced peaches are mixed right in – and you can serve it with more fresh fruit – but what really sets this apart is the rest of the topping. To give it that cobbler flavor, there’s a mix of pecans and graham cracker crumbs.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 Tbsp. WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 Tbsp. pure honey (or sweetener of choice)

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1 small peach, diced

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

2 Tbsp. crushed graham cracker crumbs

1 Tbsp. chopped pecans, toasted

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 481

Protein: 25 grams

Carbs: 68 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Brownie Batter Almond Joy Protein Overnight Oats

Brownie Overnight Oats recipe

Picture courtesy of Healthy Homeschool Mama

Start your day off with a bowl full of chocolate. These brownie overnight oats are full of cocoa powder and chocolate protein powder, but what takes the recipe to the next is a combo of almond and coconut.

Altogether, the flavor combo makes it taste like a brownie mixed with an Almond Joy candy bar. Other combinations of extracts could work too, including mint or raspberry.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/8 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)

1/4 tsp. coconut extract (optional)

1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped almonds

2 Tbsp. WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 394

Protein: 30 grams

Carbs: 28 grams

Fat: 21 grams

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Maple Vanilla Overnight Oats

vanilla overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of The Organic Kitchen

In this easy breakfast recipe, the maple flavor is enhanced by adding Medjool dates and pecans.

And since dates are such a great natural sweetener, you can swap out the maple syrup for a sugar-free version or an extract.

For the vanilla, you’ll get better flavor from a paste or by scraping a vanilla bean pod, but extract will work too.

Serves 2

Ingredients

6 dates, pitted and thinly sliced

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ tsp. ground cardamom

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

½ tsp. vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)

¼ cup pecans, chopped

Pinch of sea salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 377

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Fat: 16 grams

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Overnight Flax Meal

low carb overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of The Low-Carb Diet

Looking for a low-carb overnight oats? Believe it or not, this recipe doesn’t contain any oatmeal.

Instead the jar is filled up with Greek yogurt, whey protein powder, and seeds. By using ground flaxseed instead of oats, each serving contains less than 20 grams of carbs.

Thanks to that, this breakfast has more protein than any other nutrients.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 Tbsp. WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

3 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

3/4 cup raspberries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 270

Protein: 18 grams

Carbs: 17 grams

Fat: 12 grams

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Classic Overnight Oats

simple overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Back to Her Roots

To enjoy oatmeal without having to cook a single thing, all you need is something to soak them in. That could be milk, yogurt, juice, fruit puree, or just water. The concept is that easy.

When you want to create your own overnight oats recipe with what you have, use these ingredients and ratios as a base. Change out the milk for another liquid if you prefer, and then mix in any add-ins you have on hand.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 Tbsp. chia seeds (or ground flaxseed)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 Tbsp. pure honey (more or less to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 382

Protein: 15 grams

Carbs: 55 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Overnight Oats with Figs & Honey

Overnight Oats with Fig recipe Picture courtesy of SkinnyTaste

Preparing breakfast doesn’t get much simpler than overnight oats, but that doesn’t mean the result has to be run of the mill.

Swap out the standard fruit for figs, and you’ll have a grown-up version of oatmeal that doesn’t even need to be cooked. And if pecans aren’t your favorite, this will also taste awesome with pistachios.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 fresh fig, sliced

1 Tbsp. chopped pecans

1/2 Tbsp. pure honey

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 259

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 39 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats

chocolate protein overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Sweeter Life Club

Turn a scoop of protein powder into a well-balanced breakfast by stirring it into bowl of oatmeal. All you have to do is dump all the ingredients into a mason jar, put a lid in it, and shake.

Leave it in the fridge for at least five hours. Once they’re ready, overnight oats will stay good for a day or two, so while you’re in the kitchen, you may as well double the recipe.

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

1 tsp. chia seeds

2 tsp. psyllium powder

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

2 tsp. cocoa powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

Stevia to taste (or sweetener of choice)

½ cup water (or more as needed)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 323

Protein: 30 grams

Carbs: 41 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Green Monster Overnight Oats

vegan overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Oh She Glows

Don’t want to down a green smoothie in the morning? Fill up with a bowl full of oats instead.

This has all the same ingredients you’d expect in a green smoothie: a banana, almond milk, chia seeds, and a handful of spinach.

After that’s blended up, stir in the oats, and leave it in the fridge overnight so you’ll have a healthy breakfast ready when you wake up.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup spinach

1 large banana

1 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup rolled oats

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 356

Protein: 11 grams

Carbs: 59 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Banana Bread Protein Overnight Oats

banana bread protein overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Amy’s Healthy Baking

To really amp up the banana bread flavor in any recipe, take a few minutes to roast them.

All you have to do is throw the banana in a hot oven – peel and all – for about 15 minutes. Once it’s cooled down, just mash up the fruit, and mix with oats and yogurt.

Roasting them is a great way to keep bananas from being wasted as they’ll keep in the fridge for a few days, or can be cut up and frozen.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup mashed banana

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

12 drops vanilla crème stevia (or sweetener to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 143

Protein: 9 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Cookies & Cream Overnight Oats

oreo overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of The Oatmeal Artist

Overnight oats are a good use of fresh fruit, but it’s not necessary to make a breakfast that’s healthy and delicious. This version is inspired by Oreo cookies, but instead of processed sugar, there’s all-natural date puree.

For more sweetness, the homemade chocolate PB2 can be made into a chocolate cookie butter by stirring in enough honey.

To top it all off, a scoop of WHEY+ cookies and cream protein powder will boost the macros while adding stevia and some tiny chocolate cookie crumbs.

Serves 1

Ingredients

Overnight Oats:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup shredded zucchini

1 Tbsp. buckwheat groats (optional)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. date puree (or chopped dates)

Pinch of salt

Ground cinnamon to taste

Faux-Reo Cookie PB2:

3 Tbsp. PB2

2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 333

Protein: 16 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Fat: 8 grams

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Key Lime Pie Oatmeal

key lime pie overnight oats Picture courtesy of Mr. Breakfast

Making something taste like key lime pie takes more than squeezing citrus. To get the richness of a custard pie filling, you’ll need more than skim milk.

Just a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk will do the trick, plus some butter (or butter flavoring). Crumble a graham cracker over top, and it’s like an upside-down pie crust.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup steel-cut oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp. lime juice

1 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk (or coconut milk)

1 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. pure honey

1 graham cracker, crushed (optional topping)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 393

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 51 grams

Fat: 18 grams

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Pumpkin Chocolate Overnight Oats

pumpkin overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Behind the Plates

When you’re still waiting on the fall chill to signal the change in seasons, you can get a taste of pumpkin spice with these protein overnight oats.

It’s the perfect breakfast or high-protein snack to transition out of the warm summer weather. And if you wake up surprised by a sudden drop in temperature, overnight oats can be warmed up in the morning to eat like a regular bowl of oatmeal.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. flaxseed (optional)

1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 314

Protein: 21 grams

Carbs: 43 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Banana Almond Butter Overnight Oats

banana almond butter overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Kath Eats

Whenever you’re at the bottom of an almond butter jar, it’s time to make overnight oats. You don’t even have to dirty any dishes except a spoon.

Stir in equal amounts of oats, milk, and yogurt. Then mash half a banana to add to the mix. Of course this works to clean out other jarred foods too, like jam, peanut butter, and Nutella.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 banana

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

Pinch of salt

Ground cinnamon to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 327

Protein: 16 grams

Carbs: 44 grams

Fat: 12 grams

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Spiced Vanilla Pear Overnight Oats

spiced vanilla overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Boys Ahoy

Most overnight oats can be eaten hot or cold, so you can still use this prep method in the winter, then warm up the mixture in the morning.

But if you’d rather have that oatmeal ready to go first thing in the morning, forego the fridge overnight, and cook it in a Crock Pot instead.

That way the oats stay warm while cooking, which creates a more traditional oatmeal texture.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup steel-cut oats

4 cups water

1/2 cup skim milk

1 large pear, sliced or chopped

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 244

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 47 grams

Fat: 3 grams

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Watermelon Mint Overnight Oats

watermelon overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Oatgasm

One watermelon goes a long way, so if you don’t know what to do with extra slices, get creative by making these overnight oats.

Watermelon is, well, watery, so it’s a great fruit to use when you don’t want to add yogurt or dairy to the mix. You could even replace the almond milk with juice, like strawberry, raspberry, or cucumber.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup watermelon

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. rolled oats, divided

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Pinch of salt

1/4–1/2 tsp. mint extract

Fresh mint to garnish

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 289

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 55 grams

Fat: 5 grams

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Blueberry Overnight Oats in a Cantaloupe Bowl

blueberry overnight oats recipe Picture courtesy of Food Network

Here’s a smart way to serve your overnight oats. Cut a cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, and fill it up with the refrigerated oats you prepared the day before.

Then you have an edible breakfast bowl with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. If you’re not in the mood for blueberries, try other summer fruits like kiwi, peaches, or strawberries. Or just go for good ol’ fashioned vanilla oats.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cantaloupe

1/2 cup blueberries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 298

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 44 grams

Fat: 10 grams

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What did you think of these overnight oats recipes? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Great article Mike! Who knew oats could be so versatile? I look forward to giving some of these a try. Just a thought but have you tried hazelnut milk in
    your oats? I can highly recommend it, it makes the oats taste just
    like nutella and always goes down well 🙂
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  • Cole Lomas

    Mike have you tried your Genesis powder in an over night oats recipe???

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