7 Healthy (and Delicious) Overnight Oats Recipes

Wake up to a filling, nutritious meal with these make-ahead oatmeal ideas.

March 17, 2015
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My Whole Food Life

A steaming bowl of hearty oats is the perfect antidote to frigid grey mornings, but come spring and summer, a hot breakfast can lose its appeal.

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Healthy smoothies are one tasty option for a more-refreshing morning meal, but there's no need to give up your super-filling oats in the name of warmer weather. "Fridge oats," "cold oats," "overnight oats" -- whatever you choose to call them, the premise is the same. You simply mix oats and your liquid of choice (most recipes call for Greek yogurt or almond milk), put 'em in your fridge, and wake up to a delicious, convenient breakfast that'll prevent mid-morning hunger pangs (you can thank oatmeal's healthy dose of fiber, for that.)

And just like with traditional oatmeal, there are tons of topping and mix-in options that'll ensure your make-ahead breakfast is anything but blah. Want some oat-spiration? We rounded up 7 flavor-packed overnight oats recipes from some of our favorite books and bloggers:

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal from Fit Foodie Finds 
Fresh berries are one of the biggest food joys of Spring and Summer, and this tangy recipe does them right: Greek yogurt helps you built lean muscle, chia seeds provide filling fats, and dark chocolate almond butter makes this balanced mix feel like a treat. 

Green Monster Overnight Oats from Oh She Glows 
Yeah, you read that right: green oatmeal. But don't be scared: Think of it like a green smoothie. The sweet banana in this crazy-clean recipe balances out the spinach (or kale), and you're left with a nutrient-dense breakfast option with no added sugars. Top with nut butter for extra filling protein and a dose of healthy fats. 

Maple Banana Peanut Butter Pecan Overnight Oats from Radiant Rachels
Maple syrup, pecans, and sliced bananas make you think of pancakes and waffles, but this simple recipe lets you enjoy the taste of a lazy Sunday any day of the week (without all the processed carbs). There's a mere teaspoon of sweetener per serving (no sugar crash!), and the suggestion to heat up your banana slices before adding them to your chilled oats is a game changer. 

While-You-Sleep Chia Oatmeal from The HD Diet 
Chia seeds are crazy-filling and boast a ton of health benefits, and this basic recipe from The HD Diet lets them shine. We suggest topping this one with nuts and/or Greek yogurt for an extra punch of protein. 

Tropical Overnight Oats from Dessert Now Dinner Later
Banana and berries are typical oatmeal add-ins, but if you're looking to mix up your morning routine, give this refreshing topping twist a try. Coconut almond milk, pineapple, and kiwi make for a fun, fruity breakfast that'll transport you from your desk or kitchen table to the beach. Think of it as a vacation in a jar.

Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal from The Dashing Dish
Adding protein powder to your oats is a surefire way to stay satisfied all morning (research shows protein helps keep you fuller than carbs alone), and adding chocolate to your breakfast is a surefire way to make your day better (according to our self-conducted studies). 

More from Fitbie: 10 Surprising Ways to Use Protein Powder 

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats from My Whole Food Life 
As if you need more convincing that this one's a must-make, it has very little sweetener (opt for the date-sweetened option for even less added sugar, and thanks to the addition of chia and flax seeds, it'll seriously fill you up -- unlike its namesake. 

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