As someone who rolls out of bed in the morning and goes straight to the kitchen, I don’t have the patience for a full breakfast. Especially on busy days of the week, my ideal breakfast is the kind of instant gratification. I need something that won’t take too much effort before my coffee kicks in, but I don’t have to hunt for a snack an hour later. To meet both criteria, overnight oats recipes are one of my favorite make-ahead solutions.
Making overnight oatmeal is as easy as pouring it into a Mason jar, and you can do it all night (or a few days) before. The basic recipe consists of mixing equal parts oats and milk (non-dairy alternatives work too!), plus any mix-ins of your choice, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning you have a delicious, nutritious breakfast that you can enjoy as soon as possible. To spice up your overnight oatmeal recipe, add some Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost, sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra sweetness, or add another favorite ingredient. As long as you maintain roughly the same liquid-to-dry ingredient ratio, the possibilities for customization are virtually endless. If you need some inspiration, here are 12 of the best overnight oat recipes to prepare for the week ahead.