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Overnight Oats: The Easiest Breakfast You'll Ever Make

Apr 29 2015 - 3:20am

That excuse of not having time for breakfast? Well, we don't buy it — especially when overnight oats [1] exist in the world. The basic recipe is simple: half a cup of oats plus half a cup of milk mixed together, then left covered in the refrigerator to sit overnight. By morning, there's no excuse to skip breakfast, because a fiber- and protein-rich meal is already waiting for you. And because plain oats are just so boring, we suggest mixing in or topping with your favorite healthy additions.

Not sure where to start? Let the Instagram inspiration unfold!

This bowl is a superfood topping explosion of muesli, figs, coconut, goji berries, hemp hearts, banana, and almond butter. A perfect way to break from the Internet.

Two food trends might be better than one! This bowl contains the fiber-rich goodness of both chia pudding [2] and overnight oats.

Overnight oats mean less time cooking breakfast and more time reading the news. After pulling these oats from the fridge, the bowl was topped off with agave nectar, raw coconut, and trail mix.

Mason jars + overnight oats = a busy girl's best friend!

To make this antioxidant-rich concoction, combine half a cup oats with half a cup of milk; add one cup of frozen raspberries and a handful of almonds to the mix. Before going to bed, stick the jar in the fridge, and then grab it when you're leaving for work the next day.

Why not take your oats outside on a Summer day? Here's the classic red, white, and blue combo of berries and banana.

Overnight oats in a jar — oh my! Aside from the oats, this jar is filled with the goodness of chia, banana, raspberries, and pumpkin seeds.

There's no need to add sugar to your oats when you have the natural sweetness of bananas and blueberries. The added flaxseed also gives the dish a healthy dose of omega-3s.

This bowl looks like a study in pastels: blueberries, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter round out the breakfast.

A breakfast that has us envious: mango and nectarine smoothie, oats with peanut butter and berries, and danish rye bread with cheese and tomato. Let's not forget the caffeine boost, either!

Overnight oats get a parfait makeover with layers of mango and yogurt for a seasonal Summer treat.

This bowl gets a major protein boost from a dollop of peanut butter.

Well isn't this just Summer in a bowl — strawberries, almonds, dried raspberries, and a peach.

This cup runneth over with the amazing delights of carrot cake overnight oats topped with coconut yogurt and walnuts.

Who needs a latte when you have a bowl of coffee-charged overnight oats? Not this reader.

We love this inventive spin on overnight oats that incorporates tahini, caramel, and dates.

Take a trip to the tropics by adding pineapple and papaya to overnight oats.

The kitchen sink of overnight oats: cinnamon, banana, berries, coconut peanut butter, and homemade granola.

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