Oatmeal is inexpensive, filling, and good for you. If you haven’t caught on, you’re missing out! According to the Dairy Council of California, just one-half cup of oatmeal each day is enough to deliver a wealth of benefits. These benefits are largely a credit to the fiber found in oatmeal, and include:
- blood sugar regulation
- weight loss assistance
- blood pressure reduction
- cholesterol management
The great thing about overnight oats is that you simply put all the ingredients together in an airtight container, set it in your fridge, and wake up to breakfast. Add all those health benefits to the ease of overnight oats, and you can start every day on the right foot.
Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
This vegan overnight oats recipe brings tropical deliciousness that’s a perfect fit for summer, but also for those midwinter #ThrowbackThursday moments. This recipe also works perfectly for a nighttime dessert.
Banana Nut Overnight Oats
Nothing goes together as well as walnuts and bananas. Well, maybe cranberries and almonds, but the point is that bananas and walnuts were made for each other. This overnight oats recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef highlights this partnership and throws in some cinnamon and nutmeg for additional flavor and warmth.
Blueberry Overnight Oats
Blueberry oatmeal is a perfect way to wake up, and this overnight oats recipe from Simply Vegan Blog should definitely have a permanent place in your lineup. While they use dates as a sweetener, honey is also a great choice.
Chocolate Cinnamon Overnight Oats
You don’t have to limit yourself to chocolate at dessert time with this recipe from Homemade Nutrition. We also think it would make a great dessert, like a healthy version of chocolate pudding.
Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats
The milk, yogurt, and strawberries in this recipe make for a great afternoon snack or even after-dinner treat. Despite their sweetness, strawberries are a low-calorie fruit, and contain nutrients like manganese, vitamin C, and anticancer antioxidants.
Berry Chia Overnight Oats
Don’t limit your overnight oats to blueberries — use whatever berries you have on hand. This recipe calls for frozen berries, because that means you can make it any time of year and don’t have to worry about what’s in season.
Maple Vanilla Overnight Oats
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Adding dates is a great way to sweeten overnight oats without adding a ton of processed sugar. Unlike honey, they’re also vegan. This recipe from The Organic Kitchen also features cardamom, an underappreciated spice that goes perfectly with it.
Orange Pistachio Overnight Oats
The Honest Project offers this unique and delicious-looking overnight oats recipe. It uses orange zest, juice, and more to deliver a flavor that’s certain to wake you (and your taste buds) right up.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Putting peanut butter in your oatmeal doesn’t just up the yum factor, it’s also a bit heartier, making this recipe a great choice when lunch is a long way off. Minimalist Baker makes several topping recommendations, but we think bananas would be a perfect match.
Like many fads, overnight oats have actually been around for quite a while. In Switzerland, they are known as muesli (not to be confused with packaged muesli). Muesli has been popular for over a century. What we like about What Lisa Cooks’s recipe is the long list of optional toppings, which keeps your morning ritual fresh and creative.