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How to Make Overnight Oats, 2022’s Favorite Plant-Based Breakfast

Here's how to make customizable (and seasonal) overnight oats—the ultimate healthy and decadent on-the-go breakfast.

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Written by
Calin Van Paris
Published
September 22, 2022

The perfect weekday breakfast is something of a unicorn. We demand so many things from our first food intake of the day: decadence, health, convenience, and comfort. What meal could possibly live up? If you ask the masters of social media, the answer to that age-old question is overnight oats.

Hashtag #overnightoatsrecipes sits pretty at 339 million views on TikTok, and that number is growing every day. The fan favorite’s draw lies in its ease, as making overnight oats isn’t so much cooking as it is pouring various ingredients into a jar before bed.

And our favorite in the delicious sea of recipe options? A basic take that’s simple, creamy, and highly customizable. Ethan Rode may specialize in coffee, but his take on overnight oats is well-loved for a reason, insisting upon quality old-fashioned rolled oats over the one-minute variety.

The genius of Rode’s recipe is its infinite potential. The fruit—which can be added the evening before for an infused appeal or the morning of for extra freshness—can be changed to match taste and seasonality. For fall, reach for pomegranate seeds, apple slices, cranberries… even stewed and spiced pumpkin!

Additional topping options abound. Granola! Coconut flakes! Nuts! Seriously, go nuts. Creativity is one of the best parts of this pre-prepped meal, and breakfast sets the tone for your entire day—it may as well be filling and fun.

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How to Make Creamy Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup milk of choice

2 tsp syrup, agave, or honey

Cinnamon to taste

2 dollops Greek yogurt

1 handful seasonal fruit

Instructions

1. Measure oats and chia seeds into a Mason jar.

2. Add milk, honey (or another sweetener), cinnamon, and yogurt.

3. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Add fruit and any other toppings.

5. Enjoy!