Ever wake up in the morning and wish you had a delicious, nutritious breakfast waiting for you? (Haven’t we all?) Luckily, overnight oats are ideal for the “not morning person” in you. The beauty of this meal, also called refrigerator oatmeal or no-cook porridge, is that it’s super easy, delicious, and as versatile as you want it to be! And with just a 10-minute prep time commitment, you really have no excuse to skip breakfast anymore.

All you need to get started is a few mason jars, oatmeal, fruit, nuts, seeds, and your favorite spices. Okay, enough talk — let’s get cookin’.

Magical Mascarpone and Fig Overnight Oats

Image source: Marisa Zeppieri

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 jar

Turkish figs, blood orange, pistachios, and yogurt not only create a unique flavor combination, they also supply protein, fiber, and vitamin C. Creamy, sweet mascarpone cheese added just before eating tops off this recipe, which is sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 3 Turkish figs, thinly sliced, with 2 or 3 slices reserved for topping
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1/2 small blood orange, cut into small chunks, with some reserved for topping
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated blood orange zest
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup milk substitute of your choice
  • 3 tbsp. vanilla yogurt or yogurt substitute (I use SILK)
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • handful of pistachios, crushed, with half reserved for topping
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Further Food brand)
  • 1 heaping tbsp. mascarpone cheese

Directions

  1. Place oats in a 1-pint mason jar. Cover with yogurt, and then add fig slices and blood orange chunks.
  2. Add juice, zest, cinnamon, crushed pistachios, and collagen powder. Top with milk substitute of your choice.
  3. Cover tightly and shake well until all ingredients are mixed and the oats have been saturated with liquid. If you prefer, you can stir the ingredients together before covering with the lid. Make sure there’s enough space between the oats and the lid for the oats to expand.
  4. Store in your refrigerator overnight.
  5. In the morning, remove lid and stir well.
  6. Add mascarpone cheese, reserved fruit, and pistachios. Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Banana Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Image source: Marisa Zeppieri

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 jar

If you’re an enthusiast of all things lemon, you’ll love this recipe. Fresh fruit and flax seeds supply extra vitamin C and fiber, while yogurt and collagen powder pack a protein punch. Thanks to the fresh lemon zest, this creation offers multiple layers of flavor infused with an invigorating citrus bite.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tbsp. blueberry yogurt or yogurt substitute
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 banana, sliced thin
  • 1 scoop collagen or protein powder
  • 3/4 cup milk substitute of your choice (I use almond milk)

Optional

  • fresh blueberries for topping
  • sliced almonds or walnuts for topping

Directions

  1. Place oats in a 1-pint mason jar. Add yogurt, blueberries, banana slices, ground flax seeds, lemon juice, lemon zest, collagen powder, and milk substitute.
  2. Cover tightly and shake well until all ingredients are mixed and oats have been saturated with liquid. If you prefer, you can stir the ingredients together before covering with the lid. Make sure there’s enough space between the oats and the lid for the oats to expand.
  3. Store in your refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove lid and stir well. Add your choice of toppings and enjoy!

Citrus Pitaya Overnight Oats

Image source: Marisa Zeppieri

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1 jar

Fresh raspberries and tropical pitaya (also known as dragon fruit) bring nutrition and beauty to this overnight oats recipe. In addition to the potassium and vitamin C provided by the berries, pitaya supplies antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and iron, not to mention its vibrant color. Top off this beautiful breakfast option with coconut flakes, orange zest, and fresh raspberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup raspberry yogurt or yogurt substitute
  • 1 Pitaya Plus smoothie pack
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Further Food)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup milk substitute

Topping options:

  • fresh raspberries
  • chunks of fresh orange
  • dragon fruit
  • seeds or nuts
  • coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Place oats in a 1-pint mason jar. Add yogurt, pitaya, maple syrup, chia seeds, fresh raspberries, collagen powder, orange juice, zest, and milk substitute.
  2. Cover tightly and shake well until all ingredients are mixed and oats have been saturated with liquid. If you prefer, you can stir the ingredients together before covering with the lid.
  3. Make sure there’s enough space between the oats and the lid for the oats to expand. Store in your refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove lid and stir well. Add your choice of toppings and enjoy!

Tips and tricks to make perfect overnight oats 

Having a list of handy tips by your side makes executing that much easier. To get you started, here are tried-and-true tips for whipping up perfect overnight oats:

Use 16-ounce (pint) mason jars. Look for options that have measuring lines on the side, allowing you to mix and measure simultaneously. You can often find jars at craft stores for a dollar each.

Make your oats a great way to get in extra protein. Boost the protein intake by adding protein or collagen powder. Greek yogurt is another great protein option.

Stick with old-fashioned oatmeal. Instant oatmeal tends to have a higher glycemic index, which may cause blood sugar levels to spike quickly. Your best bet is to stick with old-fashioned oatmeal when creating one of these delicious recipes.

Experiment with different milk substitutes. You can try almond, flax, coconut, hemp, or soy. Each one offers various nutritional benefits and a unique taste.

Add your final toppings in the morning. This prevents them from getting mushy. Adding nuts, seeds, and fruits just before you eat keeps your breakfast fresh.

Don’t fill to the top. One oat explosion in my kitchen was all I needed to learn this lesson. Now I leave a good inch or two of space between the lid and the oats to ensure there is enough room for expansion.

Refrigerate your oats for up to 6 days. Your oatmeal will stay good for several days, which makes these jars a great make-ahead option for the entire week. Save time by making your breakfast jars all at once rather than every night.

Citrus zest can really amplify flavor. Feel free to add more zest and experiment with different citrus fruits if you enjoy a stronger flavor.

And there you have it! Three incredibly easy and delicious ways to serve up overnight oats. With these recipes (and endless variations), even night owls don’t have an excuse to skip the most important meal of the day!


Marisa Zeppieri is a health and food journalist, chef, author, and founder of LupusChick.com and LupusChick 501c3. She resides in New York with her husband and rescued rat terrier. Follow her on Facebook and on Instagram @LupusChickOfficial.