Not a morning person but trying to get a handle on healthy habits? We've got the perfect breakfast solution for you: overnight oats. Not only are they filling and ready as soon as you wake up, but they can be made to fit with any dietary preferences, whether you're going dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free or vegan.

The basics of overnight oats are simple and can be easily adjusted according to how you like your oats:

  • For creamy oats, use equal parts old-fashioned (rolled) oats, Greek yogurt and milk of your choice (usually 1/3 to 1/2 cup of each will do)
  • For thinner oats, use 1/3-1/2 cup of oats and 1 full cup of milk of your choice

Mix the oats and liquids in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. You can also add in a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds, a handful of chopped fruit, along with a sweetener of your choice (I prefer maple syrup or honey). Carefully transfer the mixture into a mason jar or other airtight container and close the lid tightly. Let the oats set in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours. As the oats absorb the liquids, they soften without getting too mushy. In the morning, you can enjoy them straight from the fridge, or heat through.

Like regular oatmeal, overnight oats are versatile. We totally understand if you want to stick to the classic maple — just add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. But creativity is encouraged! Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Blueberry cinnamon overnight oats This creamy oatmeal mixes sweet and tart for a delicious breakfast.

Blueberry Cinnamon Overnight Oats

This is a great go-to recipe for anyone who likes a creamy oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (you may want to add a splash more)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon (a hearty drizzle) honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until the oats have an even consistency.
  2. Transfer to a 12-ounce mason jar and close the lid tightly.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. To serve, keep in the jar or scoop out into a bowl and top with extra blueberries and cinnamon.

strawberry dark choc overnight oats When breakfast is this sweet, you can have it for dessert.

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats (Vegan)

Though it's thinner than the yogurt-based recipe at top, this recipe is decadent (and totally acceptable as a healthy dessert)!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk (coconut milk would also be delicious)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (add in an extra tablespoon if you're really a chocolate lover!)
  • 1 tablespoon (a hearty drizzle) honey

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. (Tip: mix cocoa powder with the oats first and add in the almond milk a little at a time to ensure the cocoa powder gets fully incorporated.)
  2. Transfer the mixture into a 12-ounce mason jar and close the lid tightly, refrigerating overnight.
  3. To serve, top with fresh diced strawberries and, if you like, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.

Once you've figured out what consistency you prefer, try experimenting with some of these delicious add-ins:

  • Banana Nut: In addition to your base mixture, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and top with crumbled walnuts, 1/2 sliced banana and a sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Peanut Butter-Banana-Chocolate: Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and top with sliced bananas when ready to serve (Tip: for thicker ingredients like peanut butter, you may want to throw everything in a food processor to ensure even distribution)
  • Orange, Coconut & Vanilla: Add 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the juice of 1 clementine or mandarin orange
  • Raspberry Almond: Add 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries and sprinkle in a tablespoon of sliced almonds when ready to serve
  • Strawberry Banana: Blend a handful of fresh or frozen strawberries with a ripe banana, then add to the rest of the ingredients