Waking up late and struggling to squeeze in a legitimate breakfast? Take five minutes to prep the night before and you’ll avoid running on fumes in the morning. Overnight oats are one of our favorite make-ahead staples and are perfectly portable for when you’re bolting out the door to make your morning meeting, class, or anywhere else you’re headed in the early hours.

Just throw a few ingredients into a jar or tupperware, refrigerate overnight, and boom: You’ve got a healthy, delicious, (and did we mention chocolatey?) breakfast waiting for you when you wake up.


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional)


  • Raspberries to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • Cinnamon


  • Substitute almond milk with any type of milk (dairy or non-dairy).
  • Choose plain or flavored yogurt (but check the sugar content).
  • Use rolled oats or steel-cut oats.
  • Vary the toppings. For example, add blueberries and flaxseeds, or pineapple, coconut, and mango.


  1. In a container that you can cover, combine the oats, almond milk, yogurt, mashed banana, and cocoa powder.
  2. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Seal your container and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, garnish with your favorite toppings (berries, nut butter, cinnamon, etc.)

Step 1, Overnight oats in a jarYogurt contains calcium and healthy bacteria for your digestive system.
Ingredients in jar, top viewThe protein in rolled oats, nut butter, and Greek yogurt will help fill you up in the morning.Step 3, oats after they have sat overnightBananas and raspberries both provide Vitamin C and potassium.Finished product with raspberries

Recipe review

Laura Barr photoLaura Barr
Third-year undergraduate
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

Breakfast needs to be yummy, and it needs to fill you up and give you energy. Overnight oats take 10–15 minutes before bed. You can easily double or triple the recipe, setting yourself up for a week of easy mornings.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I spent US $20.* I had two toppings and bought one more. The recipe makes two servings. By quadrupling it, I made eight bowls of breakfast (about $2.50 per bowl) and had ingredients left over.
*Converted from Canadian dollars to US dollars.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My toppings were almond butter and chocolate, berries, and honey. I made the recipe again using vanilla almond milk (instead of regular), which to me was so much better! I felt awesome—not too full, and not gross at all.

Prepared and photographed by Joanna Carmona

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