Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day. But if you’re like most Americans, you don’t have the luxury of making it a lengthy, sit down affair. If you’re lucky, it’s a bowl of cereal before dashing out the door. And if you’re late, it’s a grab-and-go option like a bar, or a muffin from the coffee shop next to the office. However, there’s another option that can be just as fast and, according to a study in Journal of the American College of Nutrition, could help you lose weight: oatmeal.

Oatmeal is more fun to make and eat than ever before! A quick scroll through Pinterest proves this whole grain is having a moment—thanks to a trend to make it overnight and eat it cold, straight out of the fridge. Want to give it a try? Gather your favorite ingredients and follow these simple directions. Prep your morning meal the night before in a container with a lid (food bloggers love mason jars), and you’ll be all set for the next day. Better yet, make several servings on Sunday to last you through the work week.

Easy Overnight Oats


  • ½ cup rolled, uncooked Oats
  • 1 cup Liquid
  • Spices (optional)
  • Fruit (optional)
  • Nuts (optional)


  1. Start with ½ cup of rolled oats in a container with a lid.
  2. Add 1 cup liquid—milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and water all work.
  3. Sprinkle on spice—cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are good.
  4. Stir in fruit—raisins, diced pear, sliced banana, the options are endless. (Fruit adds plenty of healthy sweetness to the oats, but if you’d like more you can always add a dash of honey or maple syrup before eating.)
  5. Top with nuts (if using), such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until the oats have absorbed all of the liquid.

3 Delicious Overnight Oats Combos to Try


Oatmeal + Coconut Milk + sliced Banana + sliced Mango + Coconut Flakes


Oatmeal + Water + dried Cherries + Almonds


Oatmeal + Milk + pureed Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pie Spice + Pecans