Overnight Oats: How to Make Breakfast While You Sleep

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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s typically the last time of the day that you feel like whipping up something healthy. You just woke up, you’re running low on time, you’ve gotta get to work. It’s tempting to grab something junky or skip breakfast altogether — bad idea and not necessary. Turns out, the perfect breakfast solution may be overnight oatmeal.

The best thing about overnight oats is that you can make your breakfast the night before.

 When morning comes, you’ll be happy to open the refrigerator and discover that breakfast is ready.

Another benefit of overnight oats is that they’re insanely nutritious. The oats themselves are high in fiber, which means they’re filling — exactly what you want in a breakfast. And it’s easy to pump them up with protein, so this is one meal that’ll definitely keep you full until lunch. 

Main Ingredients

You need only a few things to make basic overnight oats:

  • Old-fashioned oats (about 1/2 cup)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (about 1/2 cup)
  • Salt (just a dash)
  • No-calorie sweetener (1 - 2 packets)
  • Optional: vanilla extract (just a drop)


  • Chia seeds
  • Protein powder
  • Canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)


  • Fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut  
  • Fat-free Greek yogurt


1. In a medium bowl, mix oats, salt, and sweetener. Add almond milk and (optional) vanilla extract.

Mix well.

2. Stir in any add-ins.

3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours (overnight works well), until oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid.

4. Add toppings, or layer it up like a parfait.

Tip: Make your overnight oats in a mason jar — this way, you can just grab ‘n go!

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